Notts County Football Club Official Supporters’ Association
Fans For the Friary (The ‘4F’ initiative)
On Saturday, 1 October, Notts County’s Official Supporters’ Association is driving an appeal to support Nottingham’s homeless under the banner ‘Football Fans For the Friary’ – or the 4F Initiative.
Football fans coming to Meadow Lane for the game against Morecombe are invited to bring their unwanted trainers, jeans and trackie bottoms with them to Meadow Lane and deposit them in bins which will be placed in the Official Supporters Association office and the Club Shop on Meadow Lane.
The Association’s Chairman, John Terrington said “There are many things to be proud of as a Notts County fan. One in particular is the high degree of community spirit which they all have in abundance. So we are asking these fans to support the Friary which is a registered UK charity based on Musters Road in West Bridgford. For the past 28 years, The Friary has been helping local homeless and vulnerable adults to rebuild their lives by offering practical advice, health services, and emotional support.”
The Friary encounters many hundreds of cases every year of individuals in immediate crisis and in need of supportive intervention. Helen Jones, the Friary’s Marketing and Communications Officer, said “The Friary prides itself in being a ‘stepping stone’ to help people progress their journey to recovery and achieve their potential. The staff here offer a commitment to individuals for days, months or even years depending on their need. But to do so we have to depend on the generosity of Nottingham people and businesses.”
On average, the Friary receives almost 400 – yes 400 – visits a week from rough sleepers, the homeless, or people who are at threat of becoming homeless.
When asked by John how Notts fans could help, Helen added “Right now, the Friary is desperate for unwanted trainers, jeans and tracksuit bottoms which can be given to those adults who really need them.”
John rose to the challenge and said “That seems to me to be the least we could do and so, at the next home game on Saturday 1st of October against Morecambe, we are going to launch the 4F Initiative – Football Fans For the Friary. We’ll have collecting bins at the ground in prominent places and all we are asking fans to do is to come to the game with any trainers, jeans or tracksuit bottoms that they no longer need or wear, and put them in the bins. That really is minimal effort, at no cost, and will help Nottingham’s community no end.”