The Leslie Sports Foundation is the Registered Charity that owns the Storthes Hall sports facility and Shelley Community Football Club. All income, sponsorship, subscriptions and donations that the Football Club receives are reinvested into the Football Club itself, with the charity being focused on raising additional monies to cover the shortfall, and to maintain the facility for the use of the wider community.
The Leslie Sports Foundation is committed to helping the people of Kirklees to access excellent sporting facilities, and to support local community groups. Through the Buena Vista café venue at the Stafflex Arena, Storthes Hall, they provide community groups with access to a facility suitable for events and meetings. The Buena Vista café is Dementia Friendly, and holds a permanent “Sporting Memories Box” in the café which can be used to support people affected by Dementia.
The Foundation is particularly committed to developing Disability Football, and through Shelley Community Football Club runs weekly after school football clubs at three schools for young people with Special Needs in the Kirklees area. These schools are at Lydgate, Longley and Ravenshall.
Shelley Community Football Club also run U12 and U16 pan-disability teams that are affiliated to the FA’s Ability Counts League, as well as the open-age Shelley Creative Minds Team who compete in the FA’s Good Mood and Ability Counts Leagues. These teams are fully Inclusive, so if anyone is interested in playing or helping out, please call Gary on the number below or visit our website www.shelleyfc.co.uk
For any enquiries about the work of the charity please contact Gary Millar on 07710 676132
For enquiries about the Buena Vista as a venue, please contact Brenda Elson on 07535 652248