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Club Initiatives

Some of our donated kit being worn by street children in Nigeria via Sussex to Africa.

See what we are doing in our community.

Proud to be at the heart of our local community.

We have been running community & outreach projects for a while now, and as of the 2020/21 season, we have allocated dedicated committee members to some of our main causes, including mental health, LGBTQ+, disability & women’s football and more. Please find more details of some our initiatives & contact details for each below.

In addition to the below main initiatives run by the Lancers, we also support our local Royal British Legion club, the Sussex to Africa project providing kit to African street children, which has seen some of our kit used by children in Nigeria, support for the Fairtrade Foundation & Bala Sport, financial support for any of our players who suffer an injury, and working with Sussex Police via grants to continue to provide excellent football opportunities for the younger generation in Lancing.

Mental Health

We were proud to commence our new club-wide mental health initiative, ‘You’re Not In This Alone’, at the beginning of the 2018/19 season, launched by Vice-Chairman, Barry Sutton.

The campaign aims to support both members of the club, including players, officials and coaches, in addition to supporters & members of the public who may benefit from supporting their local football club. If anyone is suffering from a mental health issue in the community, they can contact Barry & we will organise free entry to our home matches.

In 2018, we were also successful in fundraising over £1,000 for CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) and over £200 for our local MIND store in Lancing, through fundraising at games, and our club Quiz Night. Unfortunately our local MIND store in Lancing has since had to close, however we are still committed to supporting local mental health & have lots of resources from MIND at the club to support this.

If you wish to raise a welfare concern or reach out to the club about your mental health, please drop us an email using the address below. This will be treated confidentially and appropriately.

Contact: Barry Sutton – Vice-Chairman, Mental Health Officer

E: barrystgermain1@gmail.com

Football v Homophobia

We are proud to be one of many clubs & organisations within Sussex attempting to support the Football v Homophobia campaign & ensure that our football club remains as inclusive as possible.

We aim to support the Sussex County FA, Brighton-based BLAGGS men & womens teams, and Football v Homophobia, to provide a safe, respectful place for all to enjoy football.

The annual month of action for this campaign is in February, where a match is always dedicated to the cause.

For the 2020/21 season onwards, Jack has been specifically tasked to lead our Football v Homophobia internal & external projects, including offering support to LGBTQ+ members, taking part in Football v Homophobia campaigns, making & displaying materials around the stadium & online, and voicing any specific LGBTQ+ concerns to the committee.

Contact: Jack Taylor – Social Media Manager, Safeguarding & Welfare Officer, LGBTQ+ Officer

E: info@lancingfc.co.uk

Disability Football

For the 2019/20 season, we launched our very own Disability team. They play at least once a month, and train regularly. Their kit is proudly sponsored by Deliveroo, and the squad is a sure sign of our commitment to inclusivity and outreach within our local community.

Our team is primarily formed of players who have mental health issues & learning difficulties & highlights our commitment to ensuring inclusivity within local football.

We are always keen to expand our disability outreach, and you can contact Wayne for more details.

Contact: Wayne Poulter – Committee Member, Disability/Women’s Officer

E: waynepoulter@icloud.com

Environment Pledge

We are proud to be based at the Sussex County FA headquarters in Lancing. The facility contains a 3G pitch, which requires less maintenance than a traditional grass pitch, in addition to the use of solar panels as a source of renewable energy, light sensors to ensure that lights are only switched on when the facility is in use, and LED lighting to reduce energy consumption.

As a club, we also promote recycling within our office, as well as offering a battery recycling box for all club officials & supporters.

All of the paper we use in our office is FSC certified, and our envelopes are chlorine-free.

Any suggestions on further environmental & ethical ideas in which we would partake in are always very welcome.

Fairtrade Foundation

Through our ethical friends at Bala Sport, our Ladies team use Fairtrade certified footballs for all training session & competitive matches at Culver Road. This helps to ensure that the workers who make our footballs, primarily in Sialkot, Pakistan, and in Bangladesh, and guaranteed a fair wage, safe working conditions, investment in community projects through the Fairtrade Premium, whilst reducing the need for child labour.

Social Media Manager & Geographer, Jack, continues to try to promote the use of Fairtrade footballs & other products at the club, having also taught Fairtrade taster sessions in one of our local secondary schools.

Co-op

From October 2019 – October 2020 you are able to select us as your local community cause via your Co-op membership card. We receive 1% back from all purchases of the members who select us as their chosen charity in Lancing.

Our thanks to Vice-Chairman Barry who successfully secured our partnership with the Co-op.

Sponsors & Our Local Businesses

We are committed to supporting our local businesses, and hold an annual sponsor’s evening at Culver Road, as well as offering discounted or free matchball sponsorships to some of our local shops along their high street near Culver Road.

Learn more about our sponsors here.

If you have any commercial enquiries please contact Steve for more details.

Contact: Steve Taylor – Chairman, Commercial Officer

E: chairman@lancingfc.co.uk

Be sure to keep checking back for more new initiatives throughout the season, and feel free to send us suggestions about new projects we could look to launch.