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Kingstonian FC and Young Carers
Kingstonian Football Club are now working together with Kingston Carers Network (KCN) as Community Partners. Kingstonian are a local community based non-league club who play in the Ryman Premier League. Kingston Carers Network provide information and advice and a wide range of support to carers and young carers and are affiliated to the Carers Trust. The football club and Carers Centre are working together to raise awareness of the needs of carers and young carers in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.
To help improve carer awareness in the community Kingstonian FC now offer:
All young carers "Kids for Free" under 18 season tickets.
A Young Carers Day was held at a match on 18 March 2017 against Billericay Town as a first joint event. 11 Young Carers from (KCN) were match mascots. The club normally charges a fee to be a mascot but this was offered free as part of the partnership. The match was also attended by the Boroughs Mayor and dozens of Kingstonian youth team and women's team members. There was also a bucket collection at the match to raise money for young carers work. The event was very successful and resulted in Kingstonian's highest attendance of the season up to that point and also helped boost subsequent gates. Another young carers day is already now being planned for 2017/18
Concessionary entrance has been offered for adult carers (So parents who are carers and other adult carers can come too).
The Kingstonian website now has a link to the Kingston Carers Network as their Community Partners.
The young carers service will be highlighted to youth team members (there are currently 12 teams ranging from under 11s to under 18s) as the club wish to make sure that any youth team members who are young carers are aware of the support that is available.
KCN have been promoting the partnership to carers via their website, newsletters and Twitter account and advertised the young carers day. A special membership card has been created for adult carers who wish to claim concessionary admission (shown below).
Replicating this approach
We think this approach of linking Carers Centres to their local team is very straight forward and a great way of reaching into local communities, raising awareness of carers needs and providing a fun day out for young carers. It also provides clubs with some good publicity.
Other Carers Centres may wish to follow and build on this initiative by approaching their local club and Kingstonian plan to raise the idea with the Surrey FA to help disseminate the idea. Football is hugely popular in England and the bigger the club carers centres are able to attract, the greater the potential impact.
For More details contact:
Kingston Carers Network by email email@example.com or phone: 020 3031 2757 Or Kingstonian FC; see website http://www.kingstonian.com/