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. 

Weekly Newsletter 18 December 2020

Resilience Fund                      

Guiseley Community Foundation were fortunate enough to receive a grant from the Leeds Community Foundation Resilience Fund which allowed us to continue our work throughout the first national lockdown. For much of this time the Foundation needed to furlough its staff, but many took the opportunity to work voluntarily for local organisations such as the Aireborough Children’s Centre. This included delivering food parcels and collecting shopping for the elderly. In order to increase our resilience, we are going to use this funding to address problems that we encountered during the pandemic. This includes investigating digital provision so as to allow remote delivery of sessions where a physical presence is not possible. Other issues include office space, which we are already addressing as we are operating out of Yeadon Westfield Junior School on a trial basis. Hopefully, as things return to normal the Foundation can resume Fund Raising and reinstate our popular Beer Festival and Golf Day in 2021. By working with other local charities, we are looking to provide a better service in schools, charities, churches and sports clubs at a lower cost.

Extra Day of Holiday Camps

Due to popular demand there is an extra day of Holiday Soccer Camps on December 29th, from 10am until 3pm. The cost of the day is £10 and all Covid procedures will be in place. There are limited spaces so please email to avoid missing out.

Generous Donation  

We would like to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to Dan Hazell for his very generous donation to the Foundation via the Give As You Earn charity foundation. It will be put to good use supporting one of our future projects.

Food Donations Making a Difference                                    

We have a received a lovely email from a parent of a child at Rufford Park school detailing how beneficial our weekly food donations have been to their family. The tinned products we leave in the bike shelter weekly have had a massive impact on their household this year, especially as their work has been disrupted heavily. It means so much to this family and many more that they know the Community Foundation and the local supermarkets are helping the school and other organisations.

Merry Christmas

The team at Guiseley Community Foundation would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas. We also want to thank our funders, sponsors and everyone who took part in our sessions this year- your support throughout these difficult, unprecedented times has been incredible. 


Weekly Newsletter 11 December 2020

Memory Lane receives Christmas Cards

Children at Yeadon Westfield Junior School have recently made Christmas cards to send to those who attend the Memory Lane Day Centre. The Centre is a specialist service that provides day care for elderly people who are living with different forms of Dementia. It is hoped that the Christmas cards will offer new and different forms of engagement for those who attend the Centre, as well as increasing their well-being. We also hope that the cards will help bridge the gap between the young and the elderly within the community.

Home Education PE Sessions

Community coaches Ben Walker and Nathan Newall have been running football sessions for local Home Educated children. Up to 15 children of a variety of ages attend weekly. The session helps to develop the football skills of these children, as well as helping to develop their social skills. The older children, aged up to thirteen, are able to help the younger children, aged as young as five, with this development of both football and social skills.

Extra Day of Soccer Camps               

Due to popular demand, we have organised an extra day of Soccer Camps in the Christmas holidays. This will take place on Tuesday 29th December, from 10am until 3pm, on the 3G pitch at Nethermoor Park. The cost of the day is only £10. Please book beforehand by emailing as there are limited spaces due to Covid-19 restrictions. There are still some spaces left on the other two days of Soccer Camps, which take place on December 21st and 22nd. Please book to avoid missing out! Please note that these two days have an earlier start time of 9am. All Covid-19 procedures will be in place, including temperature checks at the start of each day, as well as regular sanitizing intervals.

Toy Appeal Ends Tomorrow    

Tomorrow is the last day of our first Christmas Toy Appeal in partnership with Guiseley Morrisons. We have received so many donations so far, but you are still able to donate tomorrow. Our donation point is located in Guiseley Morrisons, in front of the self-service tills. Guiseley Community Foundation would like to thank Guiseley Morrisons Community Champion Sharron once again for providing the donation point in store. We ask that donations should be new and unwrapped, and suitable for children aged 0-16. All donations will be distributed via the Aireborough Children’s Centre and other professionals, helping to bring happiness to many children during the tough Christmas period.

Weekly Newletter 04December 2020

Haribo Happiness Fund  

We are happy to have received a 2 year grant from the Haribo Happiness Fund via Leeds Community Foundation! The grant is aimed at inter-generational activities that are fun, inspirational and educational. We are planning for these activities to be based around becoming Eco-Friendly, with help from a Keep Britain Tidy ambassador, and his dog Koda.

The purpose behind these activities is to combine the wisdom and experience of the elderly with the energy and enthusiasm of the youth. This will help to impart knowledge and skills that will live long in the memory of the young people and provide the elderly people with the satisfaction that they have been involved with bringing this about.

These activities will work with the ‘Friends Of’ groups attached to local parks and local litter picking groups, alongside the eco-based after school groups we are involved with. The aims of the project include combating elderly loneliness and isolation, utilising different qualities present in the young and the old, as well as taking pride in where you live.

Email or if there are any members of the older generation who would like to get involved.

Soccer Camps Return

We are pleased to announce that our popular Holiday Football Camps will take place during the Christmas Holidays. Two fun-filled days of football will take place on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd December from 9am until 3pm on the artificial pitch at Nethermoor Park. The cost for the two days is only £25. All Covid-19 procedures will be in place, including temperature checks on arrival and regular sanitizing breaks throughout the day. Limited spaces are available, so please email to avoid missing out.

 Hidden Homeless Say Thanks             

Hidden Homeless, a grassroots outreach that help homeless people in Leeds, are very grateful to the Community Foundation and all those that donated to our Food Bank Appeal. All the Hidden Homeless team would like to say a massive thank you- the food donation has meant they’ve been able to give vulnerable people and families many food parcels over the past week.

Last Week of Toy Appeal   

There is now just over a week left to donate to our first Christmas Toy Appeal. Our donation point is located in Guiseley Morrisons, and we have already seen many excellent donations. Please can donations be new and unwrapped, and suitable for children aged 16 and under. All toys donated will help to make a huge impact on children in our local communities during the tough Christmas period.  Donations will be accepted until December 12th.




Community Foudation Christmas Football Camp

Guiseley Community Foundation are now taking bookings for their Festive Football Camp!

Time and dates:

Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd December



Nethermoor – Guiseley AFC 3G all weather pitch (LS20 8BT).

Ages: 6-14

Girls and boys and all football abilities welcome.


£25 for both days.

All Covid-19 safety procedures in place.

Information you will need for the day:

Shin pads must be worn – no metal studs.

Please bring your own lunch and water bottle

Email book or for more information.

Limited spaces!

Weekly Newsletter 27 November 2020

Thank You!   

Everyone at Guiseley Community Foundation would like to say ‘Thank You!’ to everyone who donated to our seventh food bank initiative. All donations were very much appreciated, and will massively support local individuals, children and families during this tough festive period. These donations will be shared between Aireborough Children’s Centre, Otley Food Bank, Rawdon Food Bank and Hidden Homeless. Thank you in particular to members of the Guiseley AFC first team, Guiseley AFC supporters, Eat Art Venue of Guiseley and Guiseley Morrisons who took time to donate last Saturday afternoon.  

Christmas Toy Appeal  

There is still plenty of time to donate to our very first Christmas Toy Appeal. Until December 12th, there will be a donation point in Guiseley Morrisons where toys can be donated. We ask that gifts should be new, unwrapped and suitable for children aged 0-16 years. Thank you to Guiseley Morrisons Community Champions Sharron and Kath for offering to provide the donation point, which can be found just in front of the self-service tills. All toys will be   be donated to children in our local communities via Aireborough Children’s Centre and other professionals.    


Premier League Charitable Fund Anniversary                        

This week marks 10 years since the Premier League Charitable Fund was founded. This has since led to the Premier League Primary Stars programme, which uses the appeal of professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills. We are very proud to be part of this programme, working with staff and pupils from Yeadon Westfield Juniors, Guiseley Primary and Queensway schools. One particular success story to come from the programme is a Year 5 pupil at Yeadon Westfield, who has been inspired to increase his participation in sport, and has therefore been able to address confidence and begin to enjoy PE again!

Sports Leaders                            

Guiseley Community Foundation has been and is delivering Sports Leaders level 1, 2 and 3 qualifications in a range of organisations. These include Wetherby Young Offenders Institute and the Pennington Centre. The courses ensure that young people are equipped with transferable skills, such as team work and communication, which are recognised by employers as well as universities. They also help to improve motivation and self-esteem for young people, and the qualifications are a great starting point for young people starting out on their coaching journey. 

Premier League Charitable Fund 10th Anniversary

This week sees the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Premier League Charitable Fund, which produced the programme of work that led to the development of Premier League Primary Stars and their other intervention programmes, PL Kicks and PL Inspires.

Guiseley Community Foundation has been running the programme since 2018 and it has grown in strength to strength, delivering structured PE lessons, Teacher support, Targeted Interventions with support and funding from the National League Trust. To celebrate the anniversary the FA PE team are providing two ‘Big Marker’ webinar events prior to Christmas in both teacher and coach CPD with which the Foundation will be involving our partner schools and coaches.

Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.

Learning is connected to the real world of sport to enthuse pupils when tackling challenging PSHE topics such as resilience, diversity, self-esteem and fair-play.

Guiseley Community Foundation staff work with teachers to deliver fun, educational sessions in a range of subjects with our partner schools, Guiseley Primary, Queensway Primary and Yeadon Westfield Junior School and in the coming year aims to also be working with Rufford Park Primary School, whose Head Teacher is ex Guiseley player David Cooke.

During our 1-2-1 sessions at Yeadon Westfield Junior School, we are proud to have increased one particular young man’s participation in sport and physical activity. Since we have started working with this student, his confidence and well-being has really started to improve.

Before our sessions, he was reluctant to join in with playtime activities, but now he actively joins in with football games. We have successfully implemented the Premier League Primary Stars’ value of being connected- working well with others and in a team.

His participation and enjoyment of sport has massively increased, and this has consequently been able to address confidence and weight-related issues at the same time. We are striving to continue to inspire this young man, enhancing his interest in physical activity and sport, as well as improving his ambition to work hard and never give up!

Premier League Primary Stars has four values which we implement throughout our sessions these are:
• Be ambitious – work hard and never give up on their goals
• Be inspiring – set a great example to others
• Be connected –work well with others and in a team
• Be fair – treat people equally and think of others

Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.

PL Primary Stars aims are to:
• Enhance the knowledge, skills and confidence of teachers to improve delivery of PE and school sport
• Increase children’s enjoyment, participation and skills in competitive and non-competitive sports and physical activity
• Increase children’s understanding of the personal skills and values needed to achieve their goals
• Enhance children’s interest, understanding and confidence in English and maths

Community Newsletter 20 November 2020

Food Bank Collection             

Our seventh Foodbank Initiative ends this Saturday (November 21st). You can still make donations at the club from 12pm until 3pm in the Otley Road Car Park (LS21 8BT).  Our collection point at Guiseley Morrisons is still open also.  

Festive foods and treats are welcome, alongside toiletries, fruit juice and cordial, dessert items, tinned vegetables and sweet biscuits. Donations will help support individuals, children and families in need in the Aireborough area during the tough Christmas period.   We are so grateful for all donations and we are proud to be able to run this initiative for a seventh year, despite the current restrictions.

Shop With A Smile

Guiseley Community Foundation is registered with Amazon Smile. This means that every time you buy on Amazon, 0.5% of the cost will come to us! You can sign up at at no additional cost to yourself! Once you’ve selected us as your charity of choice, every time you shop with Amazon you help us make a difference in our local communities. Make sure that when you want to shop, use the Amazon Smile website to make your shopping count.

Over 12s Football Success

Following on from the success of the Over 12s 5-a-side tournaments in the summer, Wednesday night football has increased in popularity since it began in September. Over twenty people regularly attend, including both boys and girls, of a variety of ages from 12-14. As well as this, Joe Clarkson and James Thompson, both aged 17, attend and help Community Coach Marcus to run the hour-long session.                                                                                       The second national lockdown has temporarily put a stop to the popular session, but we hope to be able to begin running the session again from December 9th before our holiday camps return over the Christmas holiday

Yeadon Westfield Afterschool Club

Since the return to school in September, our coaches have been helping to run the Twilight Owls afterschool club at Yeadon Westfield Junior School. Children who attend get a snack, such as tomato soup or beans on toast, and are encouraged to have a piece of fruit as well. Children have full access to the school grounds and facilities, and they can take part in sport, art and gaming activities. The club runs from the end of the school day until 6pm, with parents being able to collect their child at a time convenient to them.

Community Foundation Weekly Newsletter – 13th November 2020

Welcome to the first edition of the weekly Guiseley AFC Community Foundation Newsletter, find out all of the latest news here.

Co-op Membership               

Guiseley Community Foundationhas been selected to participate in the Co-op Local Community Fund! We are one of three causes that Co-op Members can select to support until October 23rd 2021. The more members that select our foundation and shop with the Co-op, the more funding we will receive! You can become a Co-op Member and begin to support us by joining online at or by downloading the Co-op app.                         

Membership is only £1, and every time you shop at the Co-op and have your membership scanned, a small percentage of the cost comes to us! We aim to use any funds raised to work with local primary schools to raise awareness of the negative impact of litter and single-use plastics in the local environment and wider community.

Morrisons Partnership   

his year has seen our partnership with Guiseley Morrisons flourish. We are very thankful for Community Champion Sharron Chamberlain’s support in providing food to assist in our Healthy Holiday Project. We are thankful to Yeadon Morrisons for their help this year also.     

Food Bank Collection 

For the seventh consecutive year, we are running a food bank initiative. From November 9th until November 21st, you are able to donate to support local individuals, children and families in need in the Aireborough area. We have a collection point in Guiseley Morrisons, and as usual we will be at Nethermoor Park on November 21st between 12:00 and 15:00. Required items include tinned vegetables, soup, pasta and toiletries.         

Toy Appeal     

This year, in partnership with Guiseley Morrisons, we have launched our first Christmas Toy Appeal. There is a donation point in store, where new toys for children aged 0-16 years can be donated. Gifts should be new and unwrapped, and will be donated to children in our local communities via Aireborough Children’s Centre and other professionals.     


Community Foundation Launch Christmas Toy Appeal

Guiseley AFC Community Foundation is partnering with Guiseley Morrisons to run their first Christmas Toy Appeal.

Morrisons Community Champions Sharron and Kath have been a great help to the Community Foundation as they have continued to provide meals for children in their school holidays, both in the summer and in the current half-term break.

They are now teaming up with the Foundation and providing a donation point in the Guiseley store for new toys for children aged 0-16 years.

Gifts should be new and unwrapped and all donations will be gratefully received. They can be dropped off between 11th November and 12th December.

For further information about the Toy Appeal please contact