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Hampshire FA Community Trust

Supporting causes in the football community 

Charity Registration Number: 1116234

FIRST OF ITs KIND

Hampshire FA's Community Trust was the first charity established and aligned to a county FA in England!

The Hampshire FA Community Trust was established in 2005 with an emphasis on community participation. The Trust is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to support the football community by investing in programmes and initiatives designed to support three key objectives including:

  • Community Coaching
  • Inclusion and Cohesion        and 
  • Disability Football

Community trust trustees

 

David Bennett

Name: David Bennett

Place of birth: Southampton

Favourite football team: Southampton FC

Who is your favourite and most inspirational player of all time and why? Matt LeTissier - because of his goal scoring skills and his loyalty to his club.

How did you get involved in football and who if anyone inspired you? My involvement is through being the MD of HFA’s main sponsor – BSA-Regal Group.

What are your roles in the game aside from being a Hampshire FA Community Trust, Trustee? My only other role is as Company Secretary for Sholing FC.

One interesting football fact about yourself: I have never played the game at any serious level.

One non-football related fact about yourself: I have three children, Rachel, Beccy and Louis.

What inspired you to become a Hampshire FA Community Trust, Trustee and what skills and expertise do you contribute to the charity? I learned of the Trust through BSA-Regal’s sponsorship of HFA and felt that I could offer my many years commercial experience and knowledge to help the Trust in making a positive difference to the lives others through football .  

 

Nick Taplin 

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Name: Sue Ridley

Place of birth: Bournemouth

Favourite football team: Southampton

Who is your favourite and most inspirational player of all time and why? Matt le Tissier, watched him every week as a season ticket holder at the Dell, pure magic!

How did you get involved in football and who if anyone inspired you? My daughter played in a boys team as there were no girls teams available.

What are your roles in the game aside from being a Hampshire FA Community Trust, Trustee? Enthusiastic supporter

One interesting football fact about yourself: I skived off school aged 16 to get Alan Shearer, Neil Ruddock and Matt Le Tissiers autograph!

One non-football related fact about yourself: I am mum/ step mum to 5 children.

What inspired you to become a Hampshire FA Community Trust, Trustee and what skills and expertise do you contribute to the charity? Asked as my professional role is working in Barclays Premier banking. We have the ability to support charities and complete matched fundraising and it was a natural fit to combine my love of football with charity and use my own financial skills to support the trust. 

Paul Buckland

Name: Paul Buckland

Place of birth: Bushey Herts

Favourite football team? QPR I was a season ticket holder all of my youth and it was the family club

Who is your favourite and most inspirational player of all time and why? Rodney Marsh, A magician, an entertainer, ahead of his years in terms of skill, a goal scorer and boyhood hero.

How did you get involved in football and who if anyone inspired you? I have played since I was six and I still play at 56. My PE teacher Mr Longman who convinced me being tiny was not an issue it was to have a heart of a lion and tackle like my life depended on it.

What are your roles in the game aside from being a Hampshire FA Community Trust, Trustee? Player and Secretary of Yarmouth and Calbourne, member of the IOWFDG and Council. National committee member of the English College Football Association

One interesting football fact about yourself? Since 1978 adult football I have played in every position on the pitch and have played three times at Loftus road  in charity matches once being MOM

One non-football related fact about yourself? I regularly cycle 1000 miles in ten days for local charities in Europe with my friends. 

What inspired you to become a Hampshire FA Community Trust, Trustee and what skills and expertise do you contribute to the charity? It’s the opportunity to give something back to football and to support those that face challenges but still have a passion for the beautiful game. In terms of skills, I like to be creative and innovative when it comes to fundraising 

 

Neil Cassar

Name: Neil Cassar

Place of birth: Southampton

Favourite football team: Tottenham Hotspur

Who is your favourite and most inspirational player of all time and why? Paul Gascoinge - most gifted England player in my lifetime

How did you get involved in football and who if anyone inspired you? I have had a love and passion for football all my life - it is my earliest memory. My first Panini sticker book in 1985 had me hooked!

What are your roles in the game aside from being a Hampshire FA Community Trust, Trustee? CEO/, Hampshire FA; FA Council Rep, Hampshire FA; Director/Company Secretary, Hampshire FA; Director, Hampshire FA Leisure Operations Ltd; Trustee, Eastleigh & Southampton Football Trust Ltd, Chairman/Coach, Eastleigh Tornadoes Youth FC; Life Member, Mid Solent Youth Football League.

One interesting football fact about yourself: School 100m and 200m Champion!

One non-football related fact about yourself: Proudly from Maltese descent.

What inspired you to become a Hampshire FA Community Trust, Trustee and what skills and expertise do you contribute to the charity? I have been involved with the Trust from its inception and it’s a great opportunity to support the Trust’s objectives of disability football, community coaching and social inclusion and cohesion. Proven background in football administration and development and within a strategic setting at Board level. 

Any other comments: Organiser of superb Community Trust Match Day Experience events - if you haven’t been get yourself along to the next! 

 

 Sacha Nicholas

Name: Sacha Nicholas

Place of birth: Southampton

Favourite football team: Southampton FC

Who is your favourite and most inspirational player of all time and why? Gordon Strachan, I wanted to play like him!

How did you get involved in football and who if anyone inspired you?
I was encouraged by my dad to play and was inspired by his career locally for Blackfield And Langley who I also went onto play for.

What are your roles in the game aside from being a Hampshire FA Community Trust, Trustee?
Facilities and Investment Manager

One interesting football fact about yourself:
Scored a hat trick in Hampshire Colleges Cup Final for Totton College against Tauntons College

One non-football related fact about yourself: I became a Great Uncle aged 13

What inspired you to become a Hampshire FA Community Trust, Trustee and what skills and expertise do you contribute to the charity? Previous experience in development of disability football and equality, still chair Regional Disability Forum and regional representative for EFDS

 

Robin Osborne Photo

How did you get involved in football and who if anyone inspired you? I took up refereeing in 1962!  I've also had various admin posts since moving to South Coast in 199. 

What are your roles in the game aside from being a Hampshire FA Community Trust, Trustee?  Referee 1962-1988, Bournemouth DFA Council Member 1991-date, Hampshire FA Council Member 1995-date, Hampshire FA Finance Director 2001-2013, Hampshire FA Deputy Chairman 2013-2014, Hampshire FA Chairman 2014-2018, Christchurch FC Chairman 1998-2001 and 2018-date

What inspired you to become a Hampshire FA Community Trust, Trustee and what skills and expertise do you contribute to the charity? I'm a retired  Chartered Accountant.

Inclusion & Cohesion

Dedicated to disability

Check out our page dedicated to disability football, all programmes of which are fully supported by the Hampshire FA Community Trust including funding as well as the support of a full time Community Coach and dedicated Disability Football Development Officer. 

CURRENT PROGRAMMES THE COMMUNITY TRUST SUPPORTS

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