POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

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Lewes FC Joins WorldBlu Community of Freedom-Centred Workplaces

We’re very proud and excited to join WorldBlu today.

Who and what is WorldBlu, you ask?  For the past 10 years Worldblu has been working with organisations across the world – from big established global brands like WD-40 to smaller, more craft-based outfits like the New Belgium Brewing Company – to help them become stronger, more democratic organisations.

See here for more about their ‘Freedom at Work’ principles and how they enable companies to let their staff shape their future.

Why is Lewes FC getting involved?  Well, many of the principles that govern the WorldBlu movement are very similar to ours.  We are owned and run by our community of supporters.  We are open and democratic.  Our mission is to win football matches, but at the same time do good things for the people of Lewes and further beyond, and also for our wider footballing fraternity.  And, most importantly, we work really hard to ensure that our destiny is placed in the hands of our supporters.  (NB: that’s a pretty big deal!)

Being part of WorldBlu will help us connect with other like-minded organisations and learn from them – as well as lending them a helping hand, should they need a bit of assistance in changing the way that they work.  Every Year they award organisations who meet the criteria the Freedom At Work award – and this year Lewes FC are one of just 26 Companies from around the world to receive this recognition.

This whole community-run thing is catching on, and it’s delivering lots of benefits to organisations outside of football.

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Wow!

In order to be accepted into WorldBlu we were assessed in a number of different ways, all relating to our operating principles.  We’re pleased to say that we aced it, but it wasn’t an easy task.  We had to ask ourselves things like:  how accountable are we to our fans, owners and staff? How democratic are we in our day to day decision making?  How well do we communicate how we run the club?

Kevin Miller, CEO of Lewes FC said;

“This is a fantastic recognition for everyone involved with the Club. Lewes Community Football Club is a place where business and passion are intertwined – where volunteers and full-time staff work hand in hand, and where the need to get things done is overwritten by the sheer enjoyment of the journey. It is a place that is all encompassing without being oppressive, where ideas are shared, encouraged and acted upon, and when it all comes together on Matchday we can all relax, safe in the knowledge that everything has been done, all is in hand, and the reason that we are all here can begin, and we can enjoy the game. It is a truly inspiring place and one that I hope to be at for a very long time.”

Please do get in touch if you’d like to know more about WorldBlu or any of the stuff we’ll be doing during close season.  There are plenty of opportunities to help out and get involved.  Just email us or give us a shout on Twitter or Facebook.

And, if you’re as proud as we are to be part of a truly democratic organisation, please share the news.  WorldBlu announce their new signings, including us, today.  Hashtag #Freedomatwork.

Contact: Kevin Miller on: 01273 470820/ 07833 736234 kevin.miller@lewesfc.com 

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Champions!

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Everton crowned National Football Therapy Cup Champions in Cup Final thriller

The Lewes FC 2016 National Football Therapy Cup was won by Everton In The Community (above) at the Dripping Pan last night, edging out last season’s winners Croydon Eagles in a tense penalty shoot out.

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The Toffees, who were last season’s runners up against Croydon, went one better this term and won 3-2 in the penalty shoot-out having played out an excellent and exciting 1-1 draw with the Eagles.

In the Plate Final, Langford Tigers edged out Wrexham A again on penalties, to win it for the first time.

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Plate winners Langford Tigers beat Wrexham ‘A’ in a brilliant, very close final

18 teams from around the country took part in this year’s tournament — a record number — including 10 teams from the Premier and Football Leagues, as well as teams from local mental health organisations & charities.

The Football Therapy programme, and The National Football Therapy Cup originated at Lewes Football Club and was instigated by fan and former Director Sean Macleod. It is an invitation to all mental well-being teams from across the country to take part, make friends and enjoy a full day of 5-a-side football in a fun, friendly and safe environment. Every team gets to play at least 6 matches, each team member is provided with a packed lunch, and all players who take part receive a medal for their efforts.

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A record amount of teams took part including teams from Arsenal, Blackburn and QPR

The tournament is supported by the Sussex FA, Kick It Out and the Football Supporters Federation, East Sussex County Council and The Recovery Kitchen, part of the Lewes Your Way programme and in partnership with mental wellbeing charity Together.

Jonathan Garside, Mental Health Football Coordinator at Everton Football Club said;

“The National Football Therapy Cup 2016 was a huge success, where the beautiful game was played with such passion and respect by all. The tournament only reinforced the unique power that football has to unite everyone regardless of experience or background. The impact this win has had on our players is truly tangible and goes a long way in supporting Everton in the Communities commitment to help improve the health and wellbeing of our participants. Football Therapy is alive and kicking, thanks again to all involved. “

Chief Executive of Lewes Football Club Kevin Miller said, 

“On behalf of Lewes Football Club I’d like to thank the teams who took part, congratulate the Everton lads who went one better than last year, and all partners, staff and volunteers who helped make it happen.” 

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He added, “As a fan-owned community club we strive to be totally inclusive; some of the teams travelled a long way to be in this tournament, and to see so many smiling faces, so many players enjoy themselves regardless of ability and yet all of them be inspired through football, drives us on to make next years tournament even better. ”

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Lewes Football Club Football Therapy sessions run across the Lewes District throughout the year. It’s free, and you can just turn up and play. For more information on your nearest session, or to register your interest in The 2017 Lewes FC National Football Therapy Cup, contact Adam Wolecki on 01273 470820, or e-mail adam@lewesfc.com

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Calling All Football Coaches!

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Levels One, Two and above coaches required for growing Community programmes at Lewes FC.

Lewes FC’s Community initiatives are expanding across the whole region, and we are now looking for additional coaches to work within the existing team in schools, sports centres, and on the club’s £1m 3G artificial pitch.

You need to be 18 + (although we will look at 16 + for level 1 coaches) preferably with a full driving licence, and available after school, so anytime after 3pm…

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There will be other opportunities during weekends both on match and non-matchdays, and we pay very competitive rates depending on experience.

Coaches in football, netball and multi-sports are currently required, so if you fit into any of these categories, and would like to join one of the regions fastest growing community programmes, please contact Adam Wolecki with your current CV NOW on… 01273 470820 or via e-mail; adam@lewesfc.com

Lewes FC Welcome Alec to the Operation Team.

Lewes FC Announce New Signing to the Backroom Staff.

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Alec becomes Rook’s new Operational recruit volunteer and faced the world’s press at the Dripping Pan yesterday.

Lewes Football Club are delighted to welcome Alec Bennison to the Lewes FC Family. Alec, who attends the St. Nicholas Day Centre in Lewes for people with learning disabilities, was introduced to Lewes FC by St Nicholas and has been volunteering with the group on Mondays and Tuesday. After building up a lot of new-found confidence, he has now joined the full Operations Team on Wednesdays to help with the day to day ground Maintenance and to keep the famous Dripping Pan in match readiness.

Adam Wolecki, Community Development Manager at Lewes FC said; “The Club and The St. Nicholas Centre have been working in partnership for a number of months on a joint programme that offers attendees of the Centre the chance to visit the Dripping Pan, help out the Ops team with day to day chores; kit washing, stadium maintenance and general maintenance on our £1m 3G pitch, gaining bags of confidence and self esteem. Such has been the success of this programme that one or two now have the confidence to turn up on their own and help us out, and Alec is the latest recruit to do so.”

Kay Holden, Head of Service (Learning Disability Directly Provided Services) said: “This is a fantastic opportunity and reflects how hard Alec has worked as well as the other volunteers”.

Kevin Miller, Chief Executive at Lewes FC said; “As a democratic, fan-owned community club, our mission is to reach out to all members of the region’s community, and we are so pleased that the guys at St. Nicholas are really enjoying themselves. They give us practical help in maintaining our stadium and getting ready for matchdays, and in turn we have seen them shine – their confidence has soared, and we try to be as inclusive as possible when they are here. I hope that we can continue to welcome everyone from St.Nicholas for many years to come.”

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Some of the Rooks Ground Maintenance Operational staff from St.Nicholas Centre: L-R: Stephanie, Stuart, Marcus, Alec & Michael

ST NICHOLAS CENTRE, is a day support centre for adults with a learning disability. St Nicholas is funded by East Sussex County Council, Adult Social Care. For further information please contact: 01273 337520

For further information on how Lewes Football Club can help YOUR community,  contact Adam Wolecki on 01273 470820 – adam@lewesfc.com

Specsavers Continue To Support!

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Lewes store sponsors Kids Go Free initiative for another season.

Lewes Football Club are delighted to announce that Specsavers Lewes are once again sponsoring the club’s highly successful ‘Kid’s Go Free’ initiative, enabling every child under 16 free entry to every home Lewes FC league game for another season. The company, who have also been Club sponsors for the last two seasons, will also continue to provide 25% discount at their store in Lewes for all 1,100 owners of the club, and have extended their advertising and sponsorship packages as well.

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Managing Director of Specsavers Lewes Trish Lofting is delighted to continue her support of the Mighty Rooks.

“We have a superb relationship with Lewes FC, and have done for a number of years, so we are delighted to be able to support them once again. It’s a great initiative, and it encourages more and more mum’s & dads to take their kids along to see their local team, and in that respect we are more than happy to continue the association. It’s a very exciting time for Lewes FC, and wish them every success”.

Kevin Miller, Lewes FC’s Commercial Manager said:

“We are so grateful to Trish and her staff at Specsavers for continuing to be so supportive in what we are trying to do here at Lewes FC, and absolutely delighted that Specsavers will be continuing their sponsorship of the Kids Go Free initiative for another season. It’s a great fit for both of us, and the fantastic 25% discount they Specsavers provide creates a real sense of loyalty to our owners, a lot of whom live within the Lewes area. I look forward to welcoming Trish and all the staff to matches here at the Pan next season”.

The Kids Go Free offer launches at tonights pre-season home friendly against Eastbourne Borough, kick-off 7:45pm, and again for the visit of a Crystal Palace Xl this coming Saturday (August 1), kick off 3pm. The first Ryman Premier League game of the 2015/16 season is against the Met Police on Wednesday, August 12, kick off 7:45pm

To take advantage of Specsavers superb 25% discount,  and over 70 other discounts in stores around the Lewes area you need to become an owner of Lewes FC! 

Visit http://www.lewesfc.com/become-an-owner/ and own your very own football club!

‘CHAMPIONES!, CHAMPIONES!’

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League and Cup double triumph for Lewes FC at the first attempt.

The Sussex Disability Football League awards presentation took place at Sussex County Cricket Ground yesterday afternoon, and the successful Lewes FC MWB team collected their Premier League and Cup double trophies & medals in their first season of competition.

The event, attended by disability teams from across the region, was hosted by the Sussex FA, and welcomed special guest of honour Sir Trevor Brooking, former West Ham & England legend, and one of the key administrators of the English game for over 15 years, who was on hand to award the prizes to the teams.

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The Rooks won the Premiership title, sponsored by Knight Accountants, by two points from Eastbourne Seagulls, having won ten of the twelve matches in the season, and won the Coopers Jewellers Premiership League Cup in a dramatic penalty shoot out against Worthing Seagulls, with Rook’s shot stopper Andy Hayes saving a Worthing spot-kick, then scoring the winner for Lewes.

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Lewes FC Football Therapy Manager Sean Macleod said after the ceremony;

“This has been a phenomenal first season for the Rooks, and I am very proud of this bunch of lads. It’s never easy putting a team together from scratch, but they have all worked so hard throughout the season that they fully deserve their medals!”

He added, “The confidence and pride that they’ll have after this will spur them on to better things both on and off the pitch. We’re back together for pre-season training already and look forward to defending the title and the cup next season!”

Cup hero and keeper Andy said after picking up his medals, “It’s been an amazing day, and I now have more Premier League winners medals than Steven Gerrard!”

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Lewes FC are always looking for new players to join the team, so If you want to get involved next season (and join the Premier League Champions!), the team train at Seaford Down Leisure Centre on Monday’s from 7pm-8pm, and at the clubs’ brand new all weather 3G pitch at Lewes FC on Thursdays at the same time.

For details of how can get involved contact Sean via e-mail sean@lewesfc.com, or Adam Wolecki adam@lewesfc.com

Lewes MWB squad crowned Sussex Champions

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A special end of season report from Sean Macleod, Head of Football Therapy and Director of Lewes Football Club

The Lewes Mental Wellbeing team went into Sunday’s final two Sussex Disability Premier League matches against The Seagulls and the 1066 Specials, knowing that two wins would earn them the title and cap a fantastic season.

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A 5-1 win against the Seagulls, followed by a 4-1 defeat of 1066 Specials meant that Lewes MWB were crowned 2014/15 Sussex Disability Premier League Champions for the first time.

When we started the Football Therapy programme in 2013 I never would have dreamed it would be as successful as it has become.

The programme and team have grown rapidly and it has been amazing to see. For all the players involved it shows what hard work, and most of all TEAM WORK can achieve.

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The biggest success of the season has been to watch a group of individuals who were withdrawn and unable to communicate, to becoming friends; working together throughout the entire season to become League Champions.

I would like to thank Josh Miles, the Lewes MWB coach and manager who has done a fantastic job, and also to our partners – Together for Mental Wellbeing, The Grace Eyre Foundation and Active Sussex, who have all helped to make this project happen.

We look forward to collecting the trophy at the Sussex Disability Award evening on 5 July at Hove Cricket Ground, and of course defending the title next season!

Congratulations to everyone involved!

Sean

If you would like to be part of the Lewes Mental Wellbeing Football Therapy Programme during the summer or for the 2015/16 season contact;

sean@lewesfc.com<mailto:sean@lewesfc.com> or adam@lewesfc.com<mailto:adam@lewesfc.com>

or call 01273 470820

 

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