Skelton United Football Club’s Under-Nines roared Middlesbrough FC to victory after the Woodsmith Foundation funded a special day out for youngsters and coaches from the club in April this year.
Skelton United were one of the lucky 27 beneficiaries of the Woodsmith Foundation’s Young People’s Time Together funding round and were awarded £1,145 for the team’s trip to the Riverside Stadium to watch Middlesbrough beat Stoke City 3-1. The team were also whisked onto the pitch as ball boys and were featured in the club’s matchday programme.
The Foundation awarded grants totalling £82,558 to 27 community organisations in the funding round, aimed at giving young people in the area a chance to spend time together with friends after the difficulties of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Skelton United secretary Lisa Sidgwick said: “The difference support like this from the Woodsmith Foundation makes is immense.
“Going to watch live football is often a luxury that many don't get to see for many reasons, so this opportunity was amazing for the team and was an experience they will never forget and an amazing memory for them to treasure from their time with Skelton United.”
Woodsmith Foundation Chief Executive Leah Swain said. “The smiles on the children’s faces are exactly what we were aiming for when we launched this funding round. It’s fantastic to hear that they enjoyed their trip and also saw Middlesbrough win too, which I’m sure capped off a memorable day.”
Anglo American pledged a four year £4m funding package to the foundation when it acquired the Woodsmith Project in March 2020. Longer term, it will be funded by percentage of mine revenue, which is expected to amount to several million pounds per year.
The Woodsmith Foundation is a charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales. Charity number: 1163127