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 smile.amazon.co.uk 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 coop.co.uk/membership 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 alison.leigh.gcf@gmail.com

October Half Term Football Camps w/c 26 Oct 2020


Will be held w/c 26 October  from Monday to Friday with sessions between 09:00am – 3:00pm each day. Free Water Bottle with each booking!

To ensure we remain COVID Safe the following measures will be in place on each day:

Small bubbles of 6 children each with dedicated FA qualified and DBS checked Coach – max 2 bubbles per day

Temperatures checks on arrival – anyone over 38 C will be required to return home.

Anyone feeling unwell is asked to contact us and NOT attend.

PHE and FA guidance and recommendations will be rigorously enforced.

Strictly non-contact training and coaching with 2 metre social distancing enforced

Online Payments in advance to secure a place


Monday and Tuesday – Ages 6-9 years of age –  £25 for the two days

Wednesday – Girls Only – Age 6-9 years of age – £15 for the day

Thursday and Friday – Ages 10 – 14 years of age –  £25 for the two days


Minimum attendance – 2 days (except Wednesday)  and no change of bubbles during the  two days Arrangements for siblings may be considered on request.

All attendees will be temperature checked on arrival

Attendees will be required to bring their own water bottle and food suitably identified

Although we are looking to make things as normal as possible, in order to adhere to Government guidelines there will need to be alterations to the format but we will endeavour to make as few changes as possible within these constraints.


For further details or to book please contact alison.leigh.gcf@gmail.com