Celtic FC Foundation’s Ability Counts Shortlisted for World National Award

A young kid who has been helped by Celtic FC charity

A young kid who has been helped by Celtic FC charity

This is amazing for Celtic  FC. As a club we were created in 1888 by Brother Walfrid. In 1888, he founded The Celtic Football Club as a means of raising funds for the poor and deprived in the east end of Glasgow. In 1893 Walfrid was sent by his religious order to London’s East End. Here he continued his work, organizing football matches for and showing great kindness to the barefoot children in the districts of Bethnal Green and Bow. The charity established by Walfrid was named The Poor Children’s Dinner Table. These days it’s the Celtic FC Foundation. Celtic FC Foundation upholds and promotes the charitable principles and heritage of Celtic Football Club. In doing so, Celtic FC Foundation delivers change and purpose to the Celtic Family and beyond. The social principles, key priorities, aims and objectives of Celtic Charity Fund (established in 1995) and the Celtic Foundation (established in 2006) were so clearly aligned, it was agreed that the natural progression was for both units to become a new, stronger Scottish Charity with a wider role and greater reach. This new entity, Celtic FC Foundation is a registered charity in Scotland

Walfrid and others we immortalise throughout our 128 year history

Walfrid and others we immortalise throughout our 128 year history

Brother Walfrid immortalized outside Celtic Park 'Paradise' as we call it

Brother Walfrid immortalized outside Celtic Park ‘Paradise’ as we call it

We are first a football team set out to be the best team with the best fans on Earth

We are first a football team set out to be the best team with the best fans on Earth

 

Celtic fans donate regularly to Food Banks for the poor caused by London Austerity

Celtic fans donate regularly to Food Banks for the poor caused by London Austerity

BEST FOTBALL ATMOSPHERE EVER!!
CELTIC V BARCELONA – 62,000 Celtic fans in unison 
♫ “You’ll Never Walk Alone” ♫

~~~Video, Image above and story Via CelticFC.net~~~

Just one example of what this amazing football club do
Celtic FC – Celtic FC Foundation in Malawi
Via Celtic FC on You Tube

THE Charity Awards, which announces its shortlist today, is the charity world’s most prestigious excellence recognition programme and Celtic FC Foundation’s Ability Counts project in partnership with Down’s Syndrome Scotland has been shortlisted under the Disability category, making it to the final three. All shortlisted projects have scored highly against the 10 Hallmarks of Excellence, as decided by the 10-strong judging panel of voluntary sector experts across a variety of fields. Celtic FC Foundation and Down’s Syndrome Scotland met in 2010 to discuss joint working, and both partners quickly realised that they shared similar values and goals and agreed to design a project together, which would benefit children and young people living with Down’s syndrome.

This would engage within the heart of the community, offering those with Down’s Syndrome an opportunity to develop motor skills, ball skills, team-working and to play football and in a fun but challenging environment. The Ability Counts Project launched in February, 2011 and was the first of its kind in Scotland and has now grown from strength to strength. In addition to the weekly football coaching, we have now introduced a successful dance element, and last year Ability Counts was the main benefactor of Celtic FC Foundation’s Sporting Dinner, which raised enough funds to secure another two-years’ of delivery.

As a club open to all since its formation in 1888, Celtic promotes inclusion and diversity through its charitable arm. The Ability Counts project has been a perfect way to celebrate diversity and promote friendship between the children and young people involved, through a common goal and interest.

Tony Hamilton, CEO of Celtic FC Foundation, said: “I’m delighted that we have been shortlisted alongside some fantastic national charities who add real value in their respective communities. “Ability Counts is our own project and one which we are enormously proud of. This latest recognition is testimony to the commitment shown every week by the staff of both Down’s Syndrome Scotland and Celtic FC Foundation. Thanks must also go to the club who facilitate us in this and every other project we deliver.

“We have shown positive outcomes with the children and young people with Down’s Syndrome that we work with over these past four years and we’re hoping that our Autism and Disabled Sports projects will in time prove to be just as beneficial for those people who we are trying to engage.”

The 10 category winners, plus the recipients of the Overall Award for Excellence and the Outstanding Achievement Award, will be announced at a dinner in June in London. The black-tie evening will be hosted by world cup winning rugby star, Will Greenwood who will be joined by representatives of the shortlisted charities, alongside a ‘who’s who’ of charity leaders and celebrities from the worlds of theatre, television, music and sport.

Tania Mason, group editor at Civil Society Media which organises The Charity Awards, congratulated Celtic FC Foundation on making the highly-coveted shortlist. She said: “We had an almost record number of entries this year – just four fewer than our all-time high in 2011 – and the standard was excellent, so Celtic FC Foundation should be very proud to have made the shortlist. “For 16 years The Charity Awards have been identifying and celebrating the fantastic work that UK charities do, and the rigorous judging process ensures that only the very best-run charities make it through. “We wish Celtic FC Foundation all the very best of luck on the night.”

For now…

…Shaun

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4 comments on “Celtic FC Foundation’s Ability Counts Shortlisted for World National Award

  1. I think it’s more a good example for other countries. You do your bit in your Country Anne, you act, I write. We are doing the same thing on this same subject, just you are more pro-active than I…

    Celtic FC is 128 years old, tradition, fathers taking sons over several generations, the songs we sing, what we stand for. Half Irish but we help feed Scotland. Why I live in Edinburgh and support a Glasgow team, and I may as well tell you, not really liked here in Scotland. All Hearts FC and Hibernian FC here in Edinburgh

    This is when both Edinburgh teams, Hearts and Hibs got to the Scottish Cup Final in Glasgows national stadium where Finals and Scotland play

    But in a way it’s good, I never debate either of these teams 😀 When Celtic beat Hearts in my house it’s almost my fault Anne.. 😀 x

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