Kidderminster Harriers Community Trust

25 Years of Community Impact

In 2019 Kidderminster Harriers Community Trust celebrated 25 years of Football in the Community. They have built up a range of activities for the community to get involved with, from age 3 Ankle Biters to Walking Footballers aged 80.

The community team have helped tackle social issues through their HealthKick programme, Man v Fat and Remember & Reminisce meeting group. Their Premier League Primary Stars programme has helped cement the club’s relationship with local schools and supports the PE curriculum and throughout school holidays, coaches are active in the Community providing affordable, and sometimes free, activities for children – their inflatable pitch can be seen throughout Worcestershire!

They have a clear pathway that enables a child to start at 3 years old and progress through MiniKickers,Junior Teams, College Academy, Under 23’s and on to the First Team. Unique to Community projects, they teach first aid and lifesaving skills to parents and children as part of their HealthKick initiative, visiting over 60 schools per year and engaging approximately 19,000 people.

What the award means to the CCO?

We are extremely proud to have received this award. It is recognition for all the hard work our coaches have put in during this and the previous 25 years. We have always believed in maintaining the ‘Community’ ethos making all our activities accessible, affordable and open to all. The Award is validation for our belief in our core values.

Thoughts from a Trustee

At the Vanarama National League awards evening, I was delighted to receive the award for Community Club of the Year, on behalf of Kidderminster Harriers FC. Winning such a prestigious award is a public acknowledgement of a job well-done, by Nick Griffiths, his staff and a host of volunteers. It epitomises what has run through the club like a stick of rock for the last 25 years – we are truly a club of the community and it is wonderful to be recognised by the National League in this way.

Dave Seddon OBE, Chairman, KHFC, Community Trust Trustee.

How the £5000 prize money will help

The prize money will go towards new equipment and our new Mental Health project. We will be working in schools, youth groups and with our adult participants to educate and address issues such as bullying, isolation and depression.