Weekly Newsletter 26 March 2021

Easter Holiday Camps

Our Easter Holiday Football Camps are now fully booked! The last few spaces that were available in the second week have now been taken up, meaning we will have 30 children attending our Camps for each day that the Camp is being held.

Leeds School Uniform Exchange 

Zero Waste Leeds is building a movement to help make Leeds a ‘Zero Waste City’ by 2030. To help reach this goal, they have recently launched the Leeds School Uniform Exchange, which is dedicated to exchanging great-quality, second-hand school uniform. On their website- https://leedsuniformexchange.org.uk/ – there is a list of 69 schools in the Leeds area, so that users can search for the school they are wanting uniform for. If this school doesn’t have an exchange in place, there is the Leeds School Uniform Facebook page, where users can put a message out for the uniform they need, or to let people know what they have to give.            This uniform exchange is vital in helping to preserve our environment. The exchange will help to reduce the 4000 tonnes of clothing waste in Leeds’ black bins every year. Also, if every school starter in Leeds had just one second-hand shirt or blouse, the equivalent of 122,000 kg of Carbon Dioxide could be saved from entering the atmosphere, helping to reduce and delay Climate Change. 

Memory Lane: St Patrick’s Day

 To celebrate St Patrick’s Day last week, as well as the 5th anniversary since their opening, the Memory Lane Day Centre held a party and buffet for their attendees. In the past couple of years, the Foundation has helped with the centre’s purpose of providing cognitive stimulation through enjoyable activities. The Foundation has helped provide gentle exercise, art and crafts activities, as well as just being there to chat to! We are proud to be able to assist the day centre in providing care for those with dementia, promoting positive experiences for these people, and to provide respite for their loved ones.  

Sports Leaders: PlayMaker Award

The Foundation is currently delivering the PlayMaker Award to 11 pupils at Yeadon Westfield Junior School. Over six sessions, delivered by Head Coach Olivia Crane, the pupils will be provided with basic leadership skills, allowing their confidence to increase and promoting healthy lifestyles. The award will provide the young learners with vital, transferrable skills to aid their future development and transition into secondary school and beyond. The school will be able to build an army of young helpers and volunteers, who can put their learning into practice during break times and at community events. After Easter, we will be delivering the award in Guiseley Primary School also.  


Weekly Newsletter 19 March 2021

Over 12s Football Returns    

Our very popular Over 12s Football session will be restarting from April 21st. The session runs weekly on Wednesdays, excluding school holidays, from 16:30 until 17:30. The hour-long session, which takes place on the artificial pitch at Nethermoor Park, is regularly attended by more than 20 children. With the promise of funding from the Jordan Sinnott Foundation, we will be able to offer these sessions to a wider demographic, and offer free places to under privileged children who may not be able to afford the nominal fee. For more information on the Over 12s Football session, contact us via our social media pages, or contact Marcus on 0750 3180 006. 

Easter Holiday Camps

There are very few spaces left for our Easter Holiday Football Camps. The first week is fully booked, and there are limited spaces left for the second week. Email alison.leigh.gcf@gmail.com to avoid missing out on a place for your child. 

School Clubs Restarting

With all children now back at school, lunchtime and afterschool clubs are restarting once more. This has seen our team of coaches returning to more conventional work. This includes coaches Marcus, Freya and Olivia helping to run Yeadon Westfield Junior School’s afterschool club every school day, as well as providing lunchtime sports activities at Guiseley Primary school.

Interview: Mick Glossop 

What is your role within the Community Foundation?

“I am a trustee for the Foundation- also in my working life I work in FE. I am a work-based tutor delivering qualifications for Sheffield College so it made perfect sense. I also act as the IQA (Internal Quality Assurance) for the sports qualifications the Foundation deliver. I also help make sure all policy and procedures are in place, a requirement of the Awarding Body, this is a role I do as a volunteer.”                                                                                  

How long have you been associated with the Community Foundation?

“As a Trustee for about 3 or 4 years. I am also Chairman of the GAFC Supporters Club- this for me is a vital link between the Supporters and the Foundation. The Supporters Club and its members have sponsored activities the Foundation have delivered in the Community even before I became a trustee. I see the Supporters Club and Foundation link a cornerstone of helping to keep the Community feel of the Club as a whole.”                                                                                        

How much has the Foundation and its work changed since you first became involved with it?

“Over the last few years, the Foundation has come on in leaps and bounds with activities across the age range in the local Community, the work everyone does from the Chairman to the people who go into the Community or institutions to deliver qualifications is first class- I am really proud to be associated with them.”                                                       

What is your favourite part of being involved with the Foundation?

“Being part of a team that is giving something back to the local Community and helping young people gain qualifications that ultimately may change their life choices for the better on release.”         


Weekly Newletter 12 March 2021

Easter Holiday Camps

Our upcoming Easter Holiday Camps have limited spaces left! The first week of the Camps is now fully booked, and there are only limited spaces left on the second week. There are now only spaces left for the Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the second week. To avoid missing out, contact Alison via email at alison.leigh.gcf@gmail.com as soon as possible to confirm your child’s place on the Camp. The cost of one day on the Camp is only £15. Each day will start at 10:00 and finish at 15:00, with registration beginning at 09:45. All Coronavirus procedures will be in place, including regular sanitising intervals, as well as a temperature check on arrival.

World Book Day 2021 

Last Thursday was World Book Day, and to celebrate, the Foundation ran a number of World Book Day competitions. We challenged children in the local community to dress up as their favourite book character, to draw or paint their favourite book character, or to write a review of their favourite book. We had a number of entries, but our favourite was from 5-year-old Noah Harrison, who dressed up as Spider Man. Noah was really pleased with his prize- a National Book token!    

Interview: Kinnon North                

When did you first become involved with the Foundation?

“In 2011 when Guiseley AFC was promoted into Conference North there was funding available to run projects to promote the football club in the Community. Running projects was something I had never done before so it required a lot of research and learning about how to apply for funding and delivering a successful project. We were very lucky to receive support and advice from Dan Busfield who worked for Positive Futures and Katherine Robertshaw who worked for Aireborough Extended Services- they definitely gave us the confidence to get started.” 

What is your role within the Foundation? 

“I am a Trustee of the Charity and I am involved in taking the Foundation forward by supporting staff with projects in whatever way I can.”                                                           

Has the pandemic had a significant impact on your work with the Foundation?

“The pandemic has raised the profile of the Community Foundation within the local area, among Guiseley AFC Supporters, other agencies and charities. Our staff are primarily trained to deliver sport in its many forms and we asked them to change how they worked to support the most vulnerable in our Community. Alison had just joined us in an admin role and she volunteered to support shielding members of the Community. We couldn’t be prouder of the way they changed the way they worked and delivered services alongside supporting key worker children who were in school.”   

What is your favourite part of your role?

The way the Foundation has grown under the direction of Steve Taylor is way beyond the tiny beginnings we started. The way we have grown our staff from the Academy and in Marcus’ case from attending Holiday Football. Seeing young people coming along and enjoying the activities we provide and finally working for us!”


Weekly Newsletter 05 March 2021

NHS Partnership  

On February 22nd we began a partnership with the NHS which will initially last for 6 months. During this time, the Foundation will work closely with the staff at the Becklin and Newsam centres. Head Coach Connor Thompson will be assisting staff in delivering activities for the patients, including ward-based exercises or outdoor exercise, games-room activities, and relaxation. These activities will be delivered three days a week at the centres, which deal with patients who suffer from acute mental health issues, characterised by significant and distressing symptoms requiring immediate treatment. Community Development Manager, Steve Taylor, says “This is a fantastic opportunity for the Foundation, to be working with an organisation such as the NHS.” In our first week of working alongside the NHS, Connor has settled in really well, with patients engaging in the activities he is providing.        

Easter Holiday Camps

Our very popular Holiday Football Camps are returning during the Easter holidays! During the first week, the camps will run from Tuesday-Friday, and during the second they will run every day. Each day starts at 10:00, and finishes at 15:00, with registration beginning at 09:45 each morning. To book for whole nine days, the cost is only £80, meanwhile the cost for the first week is £40, and £50 for the second week. Alternatively, it is £15 a day. Both boys and girls of all abilities aged 6-14 are welcome, but there are only 30 places per day, so make sure to book to avoid missing out. Spaces are already filling up, so contact Alison via email at alison.leigh.gcf@gmail.com to secure a place. All Coronavirus procedures will be in place, including a temperature check on arrival.   

Interview: Phil Rogerson                

When did you first become involved with the Foundation? “When Guiseley AFC was promoted to Conference North in 2011, we were encouraged by the Conference Trust to form a charitable arm to the football club. This gave us access to funding that we could use to subsidise events such as Free Friday Football and the ever-popular Holiday Camps whilst raising the profile of Guiseley AFC.”                                                                            

What is your role within the Foundation? Have you had any other roles in the past? “I took on the role of Foundation Chair from its inception whilst at the time also being Chair of Guiseley AFC. Retiring from the latter role allowed me to focus my time on the former.”                                                        

Has the pandemic had a significant impact on your work with the Foundation?

“The needs of the community have changed radically during the pandemic and with the schools and secure institutions, with whom we work, being wholly or partially closed. We therefore needed to refocus the Foundation’s staff in order to meet these needs. This has been done through such events as Healthy Holidays and I’m immensely proud of the flexibility that our staff have shown in these difficult times.”                                                                                         

What is your favourite part of your role?

“I enjoy, pretty much, all of the things I do in order that the Foundation might progress and meet the needs of the local community. My biggest satisfaction comes from this coming to fruition which I think, by and large, it has done over the past few years.”                                                       

Back to School

The Community Foundation is looking forward to resuming our role within local schools, once all students return to school next week. Our Community Coaches can’t wait to be able to deliver a variety of activities in lesson and afterschool once again.

Weekly Newsletter 26 February 2021

Return of Sport                        

We welcome the Government’s decision to allow for the return of grassroots football and other outdoor sports from March 29th. Everyone at the Foundation is looking forward to being able to see children return to our clubs and sessions next month. This announcement will allow for the return of our very popular Over 12s session on a Wednesday evening, as well as our holiday soccer camps. Details regarding our Easter Camps will be available shortly, and will be found on our social media pages, as well as on our website.

Jordan Sinnott Foundation

We are pleased to announce that the Foundation has received the promise of funding from the Jordan Sinnott Foundation to fund the expansion of our Over 12s football sessions. This funding will allow the Foundation to offer these sessions to a wider demographic, and to offer free places to under privileged children who may be missing out due to not being able to afford the nominal fee. Guiseley Community Foundation Chair, Phil Rogerson, is looking forward to working with the Jordan Sinnott Foundation on other local projects in the coming months. Melanie Tait from the Jordan Sinnott Foundation added that their foundation is “very happy to have helped towards a wonderful charity. Jordan and his brother Tom lived and went to school in the Guiseley area, and it seems a lovely gesture to give something back to the Community”.

Interview: Alison Leigh 

When did you first become involved with the Foundation? “I’ve known Phil and Kinnon for a couple of years and helped out at the last beer festival. I started work with the Foundation in January 2020.”                           

What is your role within the Foundation? “My role is Administrator and Safeguarding Officer within the Foundation.”                                                                                    

How has the pandemic changed your role? “The role changed quite dramatically- I went from being in an office environment to becoming the area’s oldest paper girl, delivering up to 12 papers a day! I also did shopping for the elderly and the vulnerable.”                                                            

What is your favourite part of your role? “I love being involved with the children, especially during our holiday camps. It’s a real pleasure to watch them come out of their shells and have loads of fun. It’s a totally new environment for me and so has been a bit of a challenge, but thanks to the great team at the Foundation I’m learning fast!”

Holiday Challenges 

Last week our Community Coaches created many different PE challenges for children to try during the half-term holidays. These challenges are still available on our social media pages. If your child has attempted any of the challenges, please complete a questionnaire to provide us with feedback on the success of these challenges. The questionnaire link can be found on our social media sites.

Guiseley Community Foundation to work with The Jordan Sinnott Foundation

Guiseley Community Foundation Press Release

The Guiseley Community Foundation (GCF) are pleased to be able to announce that they have received the promise of funding from the Jordan Sinnott Foundation (JSF) to fund the expansion of their Over Twelve football sessions which are currently held at Nethermoor Park on Wednesday evenings.  This funding will allow GCF to offer these courses to a wider demographic, and to offer free places to under privileged children who may be missing out due to being unable to afford the nominal fee. Fund raising by GCF has been curtailed in the past year due to the impact of Covid-19 and their annual Community Beer Festival, probably their largest event which supports many of the courses it offers children throughout the year, has had to be postponed twice.

Guiseley Community Foundation, Chair, Phil Rogerson said: “It is great to receive this funding from such a great local charity formed under such awful circumstances. The funding will allow us to expand our Over Twelves provision and make it accessible to many who are struggling in the current difficult times. We look forward to working with them on a variety of local projects in the coming months and years”

Melanie Tait from The Jordan Sinnott Foundation added: “From all of us at the JSFT we are very happy to have helped towards a wonderful charity, Guiseley Community Foundation. Jordan as you all know loved everything to do with sport, but most of all he was renowned for his compassion with a heart of gold.Jordan and his brother Tom, lived and went to school in the Guiseley area and it seems a lovely gesture to give something back to the Community.

The JSFT is looking forward to helping as many underprivileged children to access sport.

Seeing a smile is everything.”

Weekly Newsletter 19 February 2021

Holiday Challenges 

This week our coaches have been creating challenges to help keep children occupied during the half-term holiday. Usually, we would be holding our popular holiday football camps, but with current restrictions we are unable to do so. Instead, the Foundation has adapted to providing these challenges online, via our Facebook page- Guiseley Community Foundation- and our Instagram page- @guiseleyafccommunity. All the challenges are adaptable, so if it is too easy for some children, they can challenge themselves by making it more difficult, such as through increasing the distance they have to throw a pair of socks. These challenges are also adaptable so that children can challenge other members of their household. As well as helping to keep children active and occupied during the holidays, these challenges aim to help children become ambitious, by challenging themselves to become better at each challenge. 

 Holiday Football Camps          

Usually over the February half-term, we would be running our very popular holiday football camps. Due to the national lockdown, we are unable to do so, but Marcus, Ben and Connor are very much looking forward to the return of our holiday camps as soon as it is safe to do so! We hope to be able to run some holiday camps during the Easter break. 

Interview: Connor Thompson

When did you first become involved with the Foundation?

“I first became involved with Guiseley Community Foundation when I was 16 years old. I started volunteering at the holiday camps whilst I was playing for Guiseley Academy.” 

What is your role within the Foundation?

“My role is Head Coach. I started with an apprenticeship with the Foundation and have since progressed with my qualifications.”                                                                       

What is your favourite part of your role?

“I enjoy every aspect of my role, however I get great satisfaction from running the holiday camps. It is great to see the children having fun, learning new skills and interacting with each other.” 

How happy are you to be back at working in the community after your injury?

“It’s been a tough year for everyone with Covid, but it didn’t make it any easier for myself breaking my leg in the summer whilst playing football. It has been a long recovery process but I am pleased to now be back working and I really appreciate the support the Foundation has given me during this time.”     


Community Competitions

Last weekend, over 10 children took part in our online FIFA tournament. Tom was victorious once again! Meanwhile, there is still plenty of time to send in entries for our ‘Get Creative’ and Goal Celebration competitions. Details of these competitions can be found on our social media pages.


Weekly Newsletter 12 February 2021

Community Competitions

The Foundation still has many lockdown competitions ongoing to help keep children of all ages occupied. This includes a ‘Get Creative’ competition, where children are encouraged to make a piece of art using materials you can find at home, or write a piece of creative writing. We also have a ‘Goal Celebration’ competition, where children can send in their best goal celebrations, whether that be their own original celebration, or an imitation of their favourite footballer’s celebration. Entries to all competitions can be sent to our social media pages, with prizes available for the most creative pieces of work, or the best goal celebrations. New competitions will also be launched in the coming weeks.

Home Education PE Sessions                                     

Prior to the third national lockdown, Community Coaches Ben Walker and Nathan Newall were running football sessions for the local Home Educated children. Up to 15 children attended the weekly sessions, with the goal of trying to enhance their football and social skills. During the lockdown, the Foundation is really missing running these sessions, and we cannot wait to welcome the children back when it is safe to do so.

Food Parcel Delivery                   

Every Thursday, the Foundation helps to deliver food parcels to our local schools, including Queensway Primary School, Rufford Park, Yeadon Westfield Junior School, and the Kangaroo Kids Nursery. Thank You to Guiseley Morrisons and their customers for their kind donations. We would like to say a ‘special Thank You’ to the Community Champions at Guiseley Morrisons, Sharron Chamberlain and Kathryn Bongiovi-Harrison, for all the help they give us, and for all the work they do in the local community.

Interview: Olivia Crane  

When did you first become involved with the Foundation?

 “I first became involved in the Summer of 2019, helping to run the Healthy Holidays camp.”  

What is your role within the Foundation?

“My role within the Foundation is Head Coach- I go into schools delivering a variety of sports activities to different classes and individuals.”                             

What is your favourite part of your role?

“My favourite part of the job is watching students find new skills that they didn’t know they had before.”

Weekly Newsletter 05 February 2021

Community Competitions        

Last weekend’s online FIFA tournaments were another success. 15 children took part across the two tournaments, including people who hadn’t competed in previous tournaments. The Foundation would like to congratulate Tom for winning both the Xbox and PlayStation tournaments. This achievement is made even better by the fact that Tom is taking part in the tournaments despite being in Macau currently, where there is an 8-hour time difference!                                                                         

In the past week the Foundation has also launched a ‘goal celebration’ competition, challenging members of the community to send in their best goal celebrations. Entries can be an imitation of a famous goal celebration or can be original. We ask that entries are sent to our social media pages, and there will be prizes for the best celebrations.   

Lockdown Activities                    

As well as our own lockdown challenges and competitions, we have been sharing content from other organisations also, such as Ping Pong For U and Premier League Communities. Ping Pong For U provides adapted challenges which people of all ages and abilities can complete at home. These activities use Ping-Pong as a vehicle to keep people active during lockdown. Whilst also emphasising the importance of keeping active during lockdown, Premier League Communities provides free teaching resources through the Premier League Primary Stars initiative, which really help with the home-schooling of children in key stages 1 and 2. Resources include worksheets for Maths and Literacy, as well as talks and challenges from celebrities such as Roman Kemp. Other activities include PSHE worksheets, enabling children to easily discuss their feelings, which is crucial during these testing times.   

Eco School Challenge                 

The Foundation is planning on setting up an Eco-focused group within each of our four partner schools. The aim of these groups is to look at the school community and how to make it a cleaner and tidier environment for both the children and the adults within the school community. This could involve cleaning up the school site through litter picking. The main goal of the project is to get each school on the road to collecting their ‘Green Flag’ award from Keep Britain Tidy, whilst collecting the several other flags which each school can collect on their way to the ‘Green Flag’. Once restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so, we aim to get each school to come together and work alongside local community groups, such as AVSED, to make their areas tidier and more environmentally friendly. 

Interview: Steve Taylor                

When did you first become involved with the Foundation?

“I started my role with Guiseley Community Foundation in August 2016. Having had experience in this sector before, I have really enjoyed helping the Community Foundation grow.”                                                    

What is your role within the Foundation?

“I am Community Development Manager- I oversee the day-to-day running of the Foundation. My job is to work with the key stakeholders such as the National League Trust, the Premier League, local schools and West Yorkshire Police, to develop programmes of work that will benefit people of all ages in the local community.”                                                                                      

What is your favourite part of your role?

“There are so many things, but this last year in particular will resonate with me as during these difficult times, it has been amazing to see how we, as a foundation, have changed the way we usually operate in order to support those in the community who need it most. In doing so, our service offering has developed greatly, for instance we are about to start new projects working with new organisations which will enhance our profile further.”           


Community Newsletter 29 Dec 2020

Happy New Year

Guiseley Community Foundation hopes that our supporters, staff and those whom we work with have had a good Christmas. We wish them all a Happy New Year- a year hopefully better than the year that has just passed!

Toy Appeal                           

Our first Christmas Toy Appeal in partnership with Guiseley Morrisons has been a real success. We received this message from one of the beneficiaries: “R… would like to wish you all the most wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. The bag of gifts she received from you all was amazing and she was over the moon. R… does a lot of charity work herself and is very much aware of what it is like to help in the community, but for the first time received help from her community- she is fully aware what everyone has done for all of this to have happened. We as a family are very grateful to you all and hope that the New Year might improve, but I do know that R… enjoyed her Christmas day and her gifts thanks to the generous contributions of those out there. You were all in our thoughts on Christmas day very much as we could see in R…’s smile.”

Food Distribution                                   

Our distribution of Food Parcels is also going very well. The first collection day on December 22nd was very successful. Our second collection day is today at Yeadon Westfield Junior School. Those with food vouchers will be able to redeem them in return for a food parcel. We would like to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to Guiseley Morrisons and Rethink Foods who have made holding the food bank possible.

Plans for 2021                                      

We are pleased to have secured funding from the National League Trust and the Haribo Happiness Fund for a new Eco-intergenerational project. Funding to assist with our Premier League Primary Stars activities has also been continued.

The Generations Unite to Help our Planet project is part-funded by the National League Trust, supported by the Premier League, and the Professional Footballers’ Association, with the balance coming from the Haribo Happiness Fund. This multi-generational project will help to bring together not only the younger and the older generations, but the local charities and schools that currently support these individual groups as well. Two strings to this project will come together in order to make a difference in improving the local environment and building cohesion between generations. We aim to do this by providing Sports Leaders ‘Playmaker’ courses in local primary schools, to help build self-confidence and leadership skills in children aged over 9. We will also work with our partners AVSED and the Memory Lane Day Centre to run regular multi-generational social and learning events.                                 As part of the Premier League Primary Stars scheme, we are looking to build on the National League Trust project above to utilise the skills learnt in Playmakers so that each of the schools with which we work will qualify for Eco Schools Green Flag status. This is in addition to our current regular activities supporting teaching staff in the delivery of PE lessons.