Each year, The Football Association distributes funds raised from their Community Shield Match to local clubs to donate to their chosen charities operating within their home-ground area.
A total of £248,000 from the 2016 Community Shield Match have been allocated to the 124 clubs that qualified to the first round of the FA Cup during the 2015-16 season, including Stourbridge FC.
Andy Bullingham, Stourbridge FC Vice Chairman said, We have been lucky enough to receive money from the FA for 5 of the last 8 years. As a club, it is important to us to fulfill our community role. Fundraising for charity is a key part of this. Each year we help raise in the region of £15,000 for charity and we are delighted that we can support Sunfield with this donation.
Adrian Chiles, television and radio presenter and Sunfield Patron said, ‘I’ve championed Sunfield’s cause for around 15 years now and I’ve seen first-hand the incredible work that they do in supporting children and young people with complex needs and autism, so I was very pleased to hear that Stourbridge FC had chosen the special school to benefit.’
Caroline Bell, Sunfield’s Principal said, ‘Generous contributions like this help ensure that we continue to be here for the children, young people and their families that need us most; in turn our students are able to succeed and flourish, often after experiences of being unable to thrive elsewhere. We’d like to thank the FA and the teams both on and off the pitch that make up Stourbridge FC.’
The club has also donated £1,000 to bereavement charity The Edwards Trust.