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Whitehawk Football Club
A Charter Standard Club, based at the TerraPura Ground in Brighton, with a committee committed to changing the perception of the local area, the football club itself and the role that football can play in the local community.
This year has been one of much success off the pitch, including the inspiring project – ‘Non-League for Grenfell’ – with 30 Grenfell children and leaders spending a day by the seaside and mascots at a Whitehawk home league game.
Furthermore, at Pride this year, football was united with Whitehawk hosting a match between an ex-Premier League All Star and an LGBTQ+ XI managed by transgender writer and broadcaster, Sophie Cook. The game was one of the biggest mixed gender matches ever played and gained national media attention.
The club also ran ‘Hawks Heroes’ – a project for men on the Whitehawk Estate aged 30 years and above who were unfit through inactivity. The 10-week programme focused on health and mental well-being through coaching.
Amongst other projects the club also does partnership work with; the foodbank and Whitehawk Legends for men who have lost their immediate family network, an education partnership with Greater Brighton Metropolitan College for construction and graphic design students and ‘Hawks In The Community,’ – a partnership between the local community centre, local businesses, the University of Brighton and Your League TV to use football as a focus for community solidarity.
Awarded the Queens Award (equal to a group MBE) in 2015, Westerleigh Judokwai is a totally inclusive club, catering for over 120 athletes, with 35% with disabilities. Furthermore the club supports many families with disabled children by sign posting to services they may be in need of and supporting with networking with other parents.
This year has been one of much success for the club, based in Battle, with 20 athletes travelling to Holland to participate in the Pan Disability European and World Championships, returning with a haul of 28 medals including four World Champions and seven European Champions, bringing this year’s medal tally to in excess of 45 medals.
Westerleigh’s athletes have competed all over the globe at many different competitions including the Common Wealth Championships and the World Championships in Marrakech, Morocco.
The Club has also done numerous fundraising events over the year – including a small team taking part in the Westminister mile, supporting two athletes to complete it with their walking frames. Westerleigh Judokwai will also shortly be announcing a ‘Million Pound Appeal’ to purchase their own premises as they potentially won’t have a venue next year.
Worthing Town Football Club
An FA Charter Standard Community Club, Worthing Town FC one of only 15 clubs in the country that offers a player pathway from youth-to-adult in male, female and disability football. The club has over 600 players FA registered, across 46 teams, for the 2019-20 season, furthermore Worthing Town is fully inclusive, with boys and (more) girls teams than any other in the county.
Based at Palatine Park, the football club, is recognised as a leading organisation impacting on grassroots football in the local area and community and is an FA Respect site.
This year has been one of much success for the club with a number of teams in a variety of age groups winning league titles and or cup competitions.
The club has also hosted a three-day Football Festival for over 300 teams with clubs from all over the South of England involved, and also took part in the Highdown Rotary Carnival.
Off the pitch the club continues to work closely with local schools – providing after school clubs onsite as well as running daily clubs during the holidays from its clubhouse.