npower and The Football League have announced the launch of ‘Home Town Heroes’, a new community initiative that aims to put the power into the hands of the fans.
The £2m Home Team Heroes (http://www.npower.com/Campaigns/football_community/index.htm ) initiative – which will be run over the course of the three year sponsorship – will ask communities around the UK’s 72 Football League grounds to vote on how this money should be spent, in order to make the most impact in their local area.
Communities can choose from one of three projects for children:
– A ‘respect’ training workshop for ten year-olds run in schools with a focus on team work and citizenship
– Football skills training for 4 – 6 year-olds run by the club’s community coaches
– Improvement/clean up of a local park into a more football friendly space
The public will have until the end of December to decide and then each Football League club will work with npower to implement the project their fans have selected, before the end of the season. The 72 clubs will be supported in this initiative by The Football League Trust which oversees the League’s community and youth development programmes
Fans can cast their votes by clicking onto the npower website (http://www.npower.com/Campaigns/home_team_heroes/index.htm ), texting; filling in postcards at their local Football League club or one of npower’s touring event stands in the local area; or by logging onto their club’s official website.