Birmingham City Football Club Charity Policy.
Birmingham City Football Club is proud of the considerable off-field support it delivers each season to various charitable causes and community groups. The Club acknowledges the responsibility, impact and influence that professional football carries and through this, the Club aims to make a positive difference to the lives of people in Birmingham.
The Club is committed to supporting local charities, community organisations and individuals in raising awareness and/or funds for each of the various causes it supports, and fully recognises the positive part it can play through meaningful collaboration and partnerships.
The following policy and guidelines aims to set out and provide clarity and fairness to our charity policy.
All of Birmingham City’s charity work operates under the umbrella name of The Blues Foundation.
The Blues Foundation covers the following:
Birmingham City FC Community Trust is a registered charity based at St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium. The Trust by working in close collaboration with, and utilising the unique stage of Birmingham City FC, aims to break down barriers to engage, inspire and create opportunities for people, including the most vulnerable, within the communities of Birmingham and Solihull.
Through the renowned vehicle of football and professional sport, the Trust aims to deliver positive initiatives that make an impact in the heart of the city and surrounding areas by inspiring people through:
- Sports participation
- Sports inclusion
- Community development
Birmingham City Former Players Association has raised over a million pounds for charities around the Birmingham area through fundraising activities with former BCFC players and managers.
The Club typically receives over 1,000 requests for donations to good causes each year from charities, community organisations and individuals. Whilst unable to fulfil all requests, the Club is committed to delivering assistance where possible and practical to Birmingham-based charities, community organisations and individuals only.
Throughout the course of each football season the Club will make available 150 pennants signed by the first-team squad and 1,000 match tickets for selected home matches, which can be used by fundraisers to generate revenues for the charity, community organisations and individuals they support.
Due to such demands, the Club will allocate 15 pennants and 100 match tickets per calendar month of the football season.
Owing to the large number of applications received, the Club cannot accommodate requests from charities, organisations or individuals outside of Birmingham. Also, due to demands, we are unable to help with prizes of signed shirts, footballs or monetary donations.
National charity initiatives such as Children in Need, Sport Relief, natural disasters are dealt with by the Club centrally and we do not, therefore, accept individual donation requests.
Please check your request against the criteria above. If your request falls within the guidelines please apply by completing the online request form. Please note that due to demand not all requests will be successful and all information fields on the form need to be supplied.
You will need to supply:
Please note that all requests must come through the online request form. The Club requires at least four weeks’ notice prior to the date of your event.
Only one application is permitted per football season.
If your request is not successful, the Club operates a Ticket Incentive Scheme for local schools, charities, youth groups and sports teams to earn commission by selling special rate tickets for selected home matches. Click here for more information on the Ticket Incentive Scheme.
BCFC footballs signed by the first-team squad are available to purchase from the Blues Store at St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium which can be used for fundraising purposes. The price is £100 and are available on a first come first serve basis. A certificate of authenticity will be received with every signed football.
Matchday Ground Collections
Throughout the course of a season the Club will accommodate registered charities by holding ground collections on matchdays at St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium. The Club will select the five chosen charities ahead of the forthcoming season.
All matchday ground collections must adhere to the Club’s matchday ground collections code of conduct.