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Premier League Charitable Fund

The Premier League Charitable Fund creates and supports activities that inspire young people to achieve their potential and positively impact their communities. 

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Since the charity was formed in 2010, over 1.4 million young people have been involved in one of the programmes, festivals or community activities delivered through the community arm of Premier League and English Football League clubs in England and Wales. 

About us

The Premier League Communities strategy sets out its ambition to inspire and connect with local and global communities through football. The Premier League Charitable Fund (PLCF) was set up as an independent charity in 2010 to support the delivery of the strategy and it now distributes funding of around £35million a year from the Premier League and other partners.

The PLCF aims to: 
- Build stronger communities where everyone can achieve
- Enhance physical and mental wellbeing
- Develop personal skills and positive relationships
- Increase sporting, educational and employment opportunities

What we do

Using the appeal of the Premier League and professional football the Premier League Charitable Fund (PLCF) aims to create positive and lasting sporting, health and education outcomes for children, young people and the wider community.  

The PLCF develops programmes and provides funding to 92+ Club Community Organisations (CCOs) in the Premier League and English Football League. We support CCOs to deliver innovative programmes and quality services and we invest in infrastructure and capability, training and advice. 

We monitor and report on the overall impact of the charity’s activity to demonstrate the value of football to communities and the value of the Premier League and our partner’s investment. 

Since 2010 over 1.4million young people and children have benefited from the PLCF’s events, festivals and national community and education programmes.

Programmes

Our programmes are designed to improve lives and communities through sports participation, education, social action, festivals, events and one-to-one support.

Premier League Kicks

Premier League Kicks is a well-established community programme using the reach and appeal of the Premier League and network of professional football clubs to regularly engage children and young people of all backgrounds and abilities in football, sport and personal development – providing a trusted, positive influence in high-need areas across England and Wales.

Premier League Primary Stars

Premier League Primary Stars supports primary schools across England and Wales with free access to resources, events and competitions to inspire children aged 5-11 to learn, be active and develop important life skills.

Premier League Inspires

Premier League Inspires is a joint programme between the Premier League, the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) and the Prince’s Trust and uses the appeal of football to help children and young people aged 11-25 to fulfil their potential.

Premier League and PFA Community Fund

The Premier League and PFA Community Fund enables CCOs to respond to local need and provides support to develop projects in partnership with others in new strategic areas. Funded projects engage with players and scholars to enhance the impact on participants.

Governance

The Premier League Charitable Fund is a registered charity No. 1137208.

It is governed by a Board of Trustees with representatives from the Premier League, Professional Footballers Association and appointed independent Trustees.

The PLCF Board is responsible for overseeing the management of the charity and ensuring it is carrying out its chartable purpose.

The Trustees set the charity’s strategy which is delivered by the PLCF staff team. The Board meets up to four times a year.

The PLCF’s annual reports and accounts are available for download below.

Annual Report and Accounts 2013/14
Published: 31 July 2014
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Annual Report and Accounts 2014/15
Published: 31 July 2015
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Annual Report and Accounts 2015/16
Published: 31 July 2016
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Annual Report and Accounts 2016/17
Published: 31 July 2017
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Annual Report and Accounts 2017/18
Published: 31 July 2018
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The PLCF Board of Trustees

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Tim Godwin OBE QPM
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Bobby Barnes

Tim Godwin OBE QPM, Premier League Charitable Fund Chair (Managing Director, Accenture Police Services) 

Tim has been Chair of the Premier League Charitable Fund since 2017. 

Tim is a former Deputy Commissioner for the London Metropolitan Police Service.

During his career at the Metropolitan Police Service, he held a number of senior roles. He was promoted to Deputy Assistant Commissioner in Territorial Policing in 2001 and to Assistant Commissioner in 2002.

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Bill Bush

In 2008, he was appointed Acting Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and permanent Deputy Commissioner in July 2009.

Tim received the National Prize for Public Management Leadership from the UK Office for Public Management and was awarded the Order of the British Empire by her Majesty the Queen in 2003. In 2009, he received the Queen’s Policing Medal for his contribution to policing in the United Kingdom.

Tim is passionate about the power of sport for good, and the positive influence it can have on young people’s lives. 

Bobby Barnes (Deputy Chief Executive, Professional Footballers Association)

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Tom Finn

Bobby has been a Trustee for the Premier League Charitable Fund since 2010.  Bobby was a professional footballer for 17 years playing for West Ham United, Northampton Town, Aldershot, Swindon Town, Bournemouth, Peterborough United, Partick Thistle and Hong Kong Rangers. 

Bobby joined the Professional Footballers' Association in 1999 and holds the position of Deputy Chief Executive. 

He is also President of FIFPro Division Europe, he sits on the FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee and the UEFA Professional Football Strategy Council.

He was previously a trustee of the Franco British Council and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of East London in 2015.

Bill Bush (Executive Director, Premier League) 

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Gail Scott-Spicer

Bill has been a Trustee at the Premier League Charitable Fund since its inception in 2010.

Bill is Executive Director at the Premier League, where his responsibilities include intellectual property, public policy, relations with government and the EU, relations with fans and consumers, communications and the community programme. 

Before joining the Premier League, Bill worked as a Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister (1999-2001) and to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (2001-2005), and was Head of Research for BBC News until 1999. 

Tom Finn (Former Managing Director, Blackburn Rovers FC)

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Christine Davis CBE

Tom spent 15 years with Blackburn Rovers FC, joining as Club Secretary and became Managing Director in 2005 until his departure in 2011.

Among his achievements for the club was his role in Rovers’ academy – with many first team players now coming up through the academy ranks. Tom also led the club in active community engagement, cementing Rovers’ strong links with its local community. 

Prior to Blackburn Rovers, Tom held roles at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, West Ham United FC and Oldham Athletic FC.   

Tom has been a Premier League Charitable Fund Trustee since 2010. He is a Trustee of the Football League Pension & Life Assurance Scheme and is currently a Judicial Panel Member for the FA and a member of the Premier League Panel. He studied in Manchester and received his MBA from the Open University. 

Tom is the Chair the Premier League Charitable Fund’s Audit and Risk Committee. 

Gail Scott-Spicer (Chief Executive Officer, King’s College Hospital Charity) 

Gail has been a Trustee at the Premier League Charitable Fund since 2017.

She is a specialist in service provision to children and young people and understands the complex issues children and young people face. 

She is experienced in Social Impact and is the charity lead Trustee in this area.

She is CEO of King’s College Hospital Charity, was previously CEO of the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and CEO of the Carers Trust and is currently the Vice-Chair for the Money Advice Trust.

Gail has a passion for Arsenal FC and walks in Epping Forest.

Christine Davies CBE (Specialist Advisor on Children and Young People’s Services) 

Chris is the former Chief Executive of C4EO (Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People’s Services).  She has been a Trustee at the Premier League Charitable Fund since 2017. Chris is the charity lead Trustee for safeguarding and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

She was formerly the Director of Children’s Services, Telford & Wrekin Council (1997–2007) and was the President of the National Association of Chief Education Officers.

Previously a teacher, psychologist and Director of Education, Christine has advised the British Government and other countries on education, child poverty, safeguarding and early intervention. She has been an adviser to the LGA Children and Young People’s Board and supported the development of leadership training for Directors of Children’s Services.

Christine is currently a member of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales; sits on the Advisory Board for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and chairs two Local Authority Children’s Improvement Boards.

Safeguarding

Getting advice or raising a concern

The Premier League and Premier League Charitable Fund have safeguarding policies and procedures in place that govern their own activities, as well as rules and requirements that govern Club and Club Community Organisation safeguarding arrangements.

Our Safeguarding Team can be contacted by emailing safeguarding@plcf.co.uk or by calling 0207 864 9000 for advice, to raise a concern or to help you get in touch with your Club’s Safeguarding Team.

Learn more about the Premier League safeguarding commitment premierleague.com/safeguarding

Contact us 

Here is how you can get in touch with the Premier League Charitable Fund

Send an email: mailbox@plcf.co.uk

Give us a call: 0207 864 9000

Write to us: The Premier League Charitable Fund, Brunel Building, 57 North Wharf Road, London, W2 1HQ

Funding requests

The Premier League Charitable Fund provides grants to the charitable arms of professional football clubs in England and Wales. Please note that applications for funding are by invitation only, we do not accept unsolicited funding requests.