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Supporters Club - Community

Kingstonian Supporters Club and Kingstonian FC have developed a community programme and work with two local community partners: Kingston Carers Network and Mind in Kingston. We also provide support to the club's charity partners Sparkle Malawi.

Our programme is designed to help strengthen our club's links with the local community and also is because of a belief in friendship through football.

In our Kingstonian family, like any section of the community, we have people with mental health concerns or whose lives are affected by caring. For these reasons, we work to raise awareness of these issues within our club and throughout the wider local community. To do this well, we of course need to work with the local charities who are experts in these fields.

Our Kingstonian Mind United teams are registered with the Surrey FA as Kingstonian teams and the players as Kingstonian players. More details about this, and our partnership with Mind in Kingston can be found in the "Our Teams" section of the club's website, or use this address: https://www.kingstonian.com/kingstonian-mind-united

Kingstonian FC have obtained funding to support this work through a Football Foundation "Grow the Game" grant and supplementary backing is also offered by the Supporters Club.

Our first mental health awareness day was held on 7th December 2019 vs. Merstham and after the success of this, we now plan to hold an annual mental health awareness day.

We have now held seven young carers' days at home matches over the last four seasons; with young carers and their families as guests and young carers as match day mascots. These are complemented by Football Fun Days organised by Kingstonian Youth at Dinton Field during school holidays. We have also provided sponsored places at Multi-Sports Days that are also held at Dinton Field. For more details about our partnership with Kingston Carers Network and support for Young Carers, please see https://www.kingstonian.com/kcn

Sparkle Malawi is a charity that aims to improve the lives of vulnerable children and build brighter sustainable futures for the communities that they serve. Sparkle provide education, medical care and nutrition to tackle poverty. Sparkle also partners with local communities, organisations and skilled volunteers to break the cycle of poverty with a hand-up rather than a hand-out.

Kingstonian's links with the charity were developed by Club Director Paul Hayward, who is also a trustee of Sparkle Malawi. Many fans will know that Sparkle Malawi have their logo on the back of our first team shirts.

The Supporters Club undertake fundraising via an annual "Sparkle Day" and sponsored walk. For example, our 2019-20 Sparkle Day raised £564.77 - https://www.kingstonian.com/news/a-message-from-sparkle-malawi/1111 

We have also donated 100 little Kingstonian teddies that were sent to Malawi. This friendship through football has led to great publicity for the club on social media, the Sparkle newsletter and BBC London TV. The "Go Kingstonian" video message (see above!) that came back from children in Malawi waving their Kingstonian teddies was broadcast on BBC London. This really was pure magic. https://www.kingstonian.com/news/go-kingstonian-a-message-from-malawi/818

Published Wednesday 12th August 2020