We are delighted to announce that Dulwich Hamlet FC have decided to pick Football Beyond Borders as their official charity partner for this season.
We started to work with Dulwich Hamlet on specific projects about 2 years ago, when one of our participants Matthew Young was able to make a short documentary about them for FBB TV.
Dulwich Hamlet FC have been making a real name for themselves in recent years with a surge in new supporters, in large part due to a number of eye catching community initiatives. This has been reflected in their co-operation with us to date, which has included the invitation of 80 FBB school participants to their home game versus Merstham and a joint quiz hosted at the club house with their legendary DHFC Supporters group. A young FBB all star team also had the opportunity to play against the Dulwich Hamlet youth team at the end of last season on the pitch at Champion Hill.
As Jasper Schlump, FBB’s Head of Partnerships said “It’s been a fantastic friendship over the past year and we are delighted that we’ll be able to strengthen this partnership by becoming the official charity partner. It’s just great to work with a club which cares so much about their local community.”
As you would expect from two organisations who share a passion for the game and young people, there is plenty planned for the season ahead. This includes an FBB quiz, Dulwich Hamlet fans volunteering at FBB Schools programme, bucket collections on special match days, free entry for local FBB school children and a celebrity charity match towards the end of the season.
On the question, why Dulwich Hamlet selected FBB as their official charity Liam Hickey, Dulwich Hamlet Football Club Chairman said: “It’s not just a pleasure, but a delight to link up with ‘Football Beyond Borders’ for the season. We have worked with them before and it’s a project close to the hearts of many of our fans already.”
Mishi Morath, a dedicated committee member who looks after the community initiatives added: “FBB does amazing work all over South London, helping youngsters with football through education. Many will never have experienced coming to a ‘real, live football match’, which we all take for granted. Linking up with them shows there is much more to the game than just distant Premiership stars on the telly.”