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NEW COMMUNITY PITCH OFFICIALLY OPENED AT SIXFIELDS

Community facility opened at Saturday's game

13 November 2023

Community

NEW COMMUNITY PITCH OFFICIALLY OPENED AT SIXFIELDS

Community facility opened at Saturday's game

13 November 2023

The new community all weather pitch here at Sixfields was officially opened at Saturday’s Community Day game.

The pitch, which has been built behind the LCS Commercial Dave Bowen Stand and will be open to the community, is the club’s prize for winning the More Than Football Award last year. The #MoreThanFootball award, powered by Musco, aims to honour the best social initiatives in Europe delivered by a European Club, League or FA by celebrating the work they do on and off the pitch on a local, national and international level.

The award was handed out during the 18th European Football for Development Network (EFDN) Conference in Budapest, Hungary last November, which assessed not only on the quality of the project but also on the level of promotion and engagement.

We were named in the final shortlisted clubs alongside FC Twente, Newcastle United and Athletic Club de Bilbao. The attending member clubs at the conference then voted the Northampton Town Tackling Loneliness project as the best social initiative.

The project that won the award started within two days of the first lockdown as Northampton Town FC Community Trust developed a programme set out to support older fans who may be at risk of loneliness or isolation brought about by Covid-19 and Government lockdowns. The project has supported 1,210 people aged 50 and older to reduce feelings of loneliness and improve their mental health and well being.

The impact it has made is wide reaching, as case studies show the project has reduced feelings of loneliness and isolation, helped develop new friendships and improve people’s mental health and wellbeing.


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