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Fives Federation Newsletter 2007

You can read the 2007 Chairman’s (James Toop) report below, and you can download the full newsletter here:

2007 Newsletter

City Fives Association Report

2007 is the year that the CFA gets serious. We are putting structures in place to ensure that we are able to expand the association and target five London boroughs from September this year. This means focusing on three areas; attracting funding, incorporating as a charitable company, and making our work in London schools sustainable.

Full-time coaches and administrative staff are essential if the CFA is to continue expanding its work in London schools. Therefore, we have set ourselves the target of raising £50,000 from corporate and charitable sources by September. We have been conducting research until now with professional fundraisers, trusts and corporate social responsibility departments and are now in a position to start approaching potential sponsors. A major retail bank, the Youth Sports Trust, and a charitable foundation have already indicated their interest in the CFA, and we are confident of achieving the target.

To continue attracting this level of funding we are applying to become a charitable company. This will formalise the association and give our sponsors the confidence to continue supporting us long-term. It is also important to have a committed and experienced board in place and the CFA trustees will be made up from a combination of current CFA board members and other supporters with experience from business, sports and charitable sectors.

None of this will be possible though unless we can continue proving that 1-wall Fives is sustainable and meets a need for London schools. To do this we launched a school membership scheme which provides schools with support to set up afterschool clubs, mark out courts and train staff. The scheme started in Kensington and Chelsea with schools that received free coaching and we already have 5 member schools and a further 10 interested. Links have also been established with the Lambeth Healthy Schools partnership to begin coaching this summer.

Further information about the CFA’s strategy, goals and sponsorship costs can be found on our supporter website, www.cityfives.org.uk. Please take a look and if you know of any potential sources of support, then please get in touch.

James Toop

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