How it all Started

Our Community work at Stalybridge Celtic FC started in 2014 with the help of The National League Trust.

The National League Trust supports community programmes at clubs who are members of the three divisions of the National League.

This support comes in the form of grant aid and development advice. The aim is to encourage every National League club to become involved in their community.

Projects range from music, dance and other arts activities, encouraging volunteering, work with young people not in education or training (NEETs), helping disability groups to play sport, and creating educational initiatives for both adult and children – including literacy and numeracy programmes. There has been work with isolated community groups, green projects, information about healthy eating and lifestyle, and working in partnership with schools to deliver football coaching and other initiatives.

The National League Trust is backed by some fantastic stats –
* 341 Grants Offered
* £4.76m Total Value
* £8.78m Projects Costing
* 87 Clubs Funded
* 59 Clubs currently members of the National League receiving Funding

The grant aid programme is made possible by the generous support of the Trust’s funding partners: the Premier League and the Professional Football Association. Since October 2010 both bodies have committed annual support as part of a three year funding agreement.

From September 2016 this will be £1.2m each year for a further three years, bringing the total contribution to the charity to £8.7m.

As Stalybridge Celtic FC are no longer a member club of The National League, the Foundation are no longer eligable to apply for the funding until such time that the club are promoted back into the League.

Find out more about The National League Trust at This website is designed to showcase the work done and help member clubs develop and improve their projects, including guidance on how and when to apply for funding.
Charity number: 1145603
Company number: 7877720

Susan O’Brien (Project Manager), National League Trust presenting our Disability Team with a cheque for £40,000 for our two year funding from The National League Trust