It will be an extra special Dons occasion for the match against Accrington Stanley with 150 children joining us to celebrate AFC Wimbledon Foundation Day!
Kids from local schools and the Foundation’s community programmes will be at the game, plus people from disability and adult groups that the club works with regularly.
Of course, our work in the community will be pivotal when the club moves to a new stadium at Plough Lane. As well as backing Wally’s boys in the battle to beat Accrington, please show your support for our fantastic work off the pitch.
Through its Premier League Primary Stars programme, the Foundation works with 45 schools and 2000 children per year, providing high quality literacy, numeracy, PSHE and PE support, including Womble FIT sessions to improve health and fitness. The Foundation also provides football opportunities for 500 girls and young women, aged 11 -18 in local secondary schools, and boosts participation for people over the age of 50 through walking football session and fitness classes.
A primary focus for our Foundation at the current time is to increase opportunities at two local deprived estates, at Phippsbridge, Merton, and Hazlehurst, in Wandsworth, to provide youth and holiday provision. As part of this, fundraising efforts at Saturday’s game will focus on contributing towards a £10,000 target to provide a four-week summer holiday activity programme in partnership with Phippsbridge Youth Centre. This will provide opportunities for local disadvantaged children from the estates.
The Foundation will be holding a raffle to raise funds this Saturday, so please look out for our volunteers before and after the game! As part of Saturday’s celebration, the Foundation will be hosting pre-match schools and girls tournaments on the 3G five-a-side pitches at the nearby Weir Archer Athletics and Fitness Centre. First-team squad players will also be getting involved by meeting supporters with a ‘signing station’ outside the ground.
For more information about Saturday, download the Foundation Open Day flyer.
You can also visit the website for more about the Foundation's valuable work.