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The £2,000 in funds from the 2009 match went to Bolton Wanderers in the Community. Established for 18 years and now a registered charity, the scheme offers the local community a variety of activities such as; in-term coaching, after school courses, holiday courses, match day experiences, and sponsored events.

“We are extremely grateful and excited to receive this grant from Field of Dreams. It will help our Kickz project to expand and encourage more girls to take part."

Over the past few years, over £5,500 has been awarded to Bolton Wanderers Football in the Community as a result of the Football Aid games at the Reebok. The grants have helped fund a variety of projects including ‘Onside for Life’, a health project aiming to encourage young people and children to take part in physical activity and to live healthier lifestyles.

"The project was highly successful and all the children involved enjoyed the sessions. We introduced children to activities they may not usually have had the chance to participate in whilst also explaining the benefits of eating a balanced diet and exercising.  The sessions took place in schools so they even helped the teachers to develop their knowledge and therefore improve sessions." Geoff Lomax, Community Manager

In addition, the game in 2006 raised £1,300 for a girl’s after school coaching programme, introducing 160 girls to football as a sport and providing opportunities to move on to local teams and coaching. 

 Jayne Hammill, the Funding Officer for Bolton Wanderers in the Community told us, “This donation has come at a great time as we are currently trying to drive girls’ football on. The funds will enable us to offer sessions free of charge within the programme, increasing opportunities for girls in our local area. “