Wait – don’t run away, this is something which like Ministry of Football is doing it for the kids, but in this case it’s for ill, bereaved and disadvantaged children.
The Free Kicks Foundation as the above logo implies, was formed in 2007 with the idea that it would give sick and needy children a great (football related) day out.
From their About Us page:
“The idea of the Free Kicks Foundation was born one evening during the summer of 2006. Friends Steve Thorpe and Leigh Porter, both from Peterborough, were watching the World Cup and decided to try and combine their mutual passion of football with fundraising, resulting in the concept of setting up their very own charity. The aim of Free Kicks is to provide football-related activities for ill, bereaved and disadvantaged children, to give them a day to remember with their favourite football club.”
“The days out, which we call ‘kicks’, could involve being a team mascot, meeting a favourite player, tour of their chosen stadium, receiving a special gift or anything football related we can organise to make it a day they will never forget.”
It was in 2007 that they got their official charity status and since then have arranged loads of days out for hundreds of kids.
– Below is their Flickr photostream with pics of various days out. Lots of photos with The Posh, because they are the local team to them and because they’ve done the most to support this cause, but you’ll also see Pompey – before the fall – and various Chelsea players in there:
In 2008 in a bid to raise money for the foundation, they recorded a new version of an old Peterborough United song originally done back in the ’70’s.
Steve Thorpe, one of the founders of the charity told me a bit about it:
“We asked for help from The Voyager School in Peterborough, who had a band called The Lightyears working with them in their music department.
After a huge amount of work from the school and The Lightyears, we gathered together Posh fans, the school choir, local media and even Posh players Joe Lewis, George Boyd, James McKeown, Kieran Charnock and Danny Blanchett on a Thursday night at the school’s state of the art recording studio.
It was a fantastic evening, we all had a great laugh as you can see from the video
The song was released on iTunes and reached number 45 in the iTunes rock chart, 5 places above Coldplay’s – The Scientist at one point!
We were invited to perform the song on the pitch at Posh’s last game of the season, which also happened to be a promotion party and also were invited to the Town Hall to perform at the civic reception celebrating promotion!”
» Link to video
|On the pitch:
» Link to video
» Peterborough United feat. The Lightyears – Posh We Are
» Peterborough United – Posh We Are
Because Steve from the Free Kicks Foundation was good enough to supply the song, please make a donation to the foundation via the Just Giving link below.
Donating through Justgiving is quick, easy and totally secure. It’s also the most efficient way for Free Kicks Foundation to get your money faster and, if you’re a UK taxpayer, Justgiving makes sure 25% in Gift Aid, plus a 3% supplement, are added to your donation.
A big thank you to Steve and well done to you sir and everybody involved for creating this foundation. Like the Ministry of Football it is something that deserves to be done all over the country. For all the deserving kids. At every ground. Please donate and help make this happen.