The Guiseley AFC Community Foundation uses the power of sport, and the brand of Guiseley AFC, to interact positively with the local community and to work with partners to tackle local issues.  It is independent of the club but identifies closely with the ethos of the club.

The Foundation was established in May 2012 to develop a range of activities to promote healthier lifestyles for all members of our community.  We currently applying to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) which is a new legal status for small organisations with charitable objectives.

The Charity Commission describes a CIO as:-

A charitable incorporated organisation, or CIO, is a new legal form for a charity.

A CIO:

  • is an incorporated form of charity which is not a company
  • only has to register with the Charity Commission and not Companies House
  • is only created once it is registered by the Commission
  • can enter into contracts in its own right and its trustees will normally have limited or no liability for the debts of the CIO.

The CIO was created in response to requests from charities for a new structure which could provide some of the benefits of being a company, but without some of the burdens.  The CIO will be governed by a Board of Trustees who will ensure that all legal and financial obligations are met.

Our charity work in 2013/14

In the season just gone, with the help of local community partners, our own fans and visiting supporters we have helped raise more than £4,000 for good causes – a figure we are looking to better next season.

Some of the causes we have helped, in no particular order, are as follows.

– A charity six-a-side tournament in partnership with Guiseley Lions, Wesley’s Wish and Inn Churches.

– Walk for Wesley matchday initiative co-ordinated by Colin Robertson.

– Support for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

– A bucket collection and a raffle at the End-of-Season Dinner for the Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice for Michael Hill.

– A collection for US charity Camp Puzzle Peace, which supports young people with autism.

– Sponsorship agreement reached with Action for Children to have their logos on the front of our away shirts.

– Donations and collections taken for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Anthony Llloyd’s Great North Run effort) and the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund (to support Ben Parker’s 10k endurance marathon)