Telford helps to raise funds and awareness for Prince's Trust

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Fans going to the match on Saturday to see AFC Telford play against Leigh RMI can donate an extra £1 to support The Prince’s Trust and will be entered into a prize draw.  There are six prizes up for grabs which range from an opportunity to watch the next AFC Telford Utd home-game on 26th January in the Corporate Box to vouchers to spend in Kings Game Shop in Wellington. 

Donations will also be made to the charity through the car parking fees and there will be bucket collections at the end of the game.

‘The Quid on it!’ initiative is part of a series of events to be held by three teams from Capgemini who are taking part in The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Projects. Other future events include sponsorships, auctions, a balloon race and a golf tournament. Keep your eye out for more details on these events nearer the time.

David Littlewood, Head of Commercial Development at The Princes Trust said: “I’m delighted that Capgemini teams are taking part in the Enterprise Project where we challenge employees to plan, promote and implement a project that raises funds to help young people get their lives working.  Capgemini is the first company to have teams taking part in the West Midlands and we wish them the best of luck with their ventures.”

Lee Carter, chairman of AFC Telford United, said: “This is a great way to raise money for a cause that provides support and a wealth of opportunities for local young people.  We are really pleased that we can use the football games to increase awareness of how The Prince’s Trust helps give a better start to young people in Telford and throughout the UK.”

Genette Milburn, from one of Capgemini’s Enterprise Teams who is running the event at AFC Telford Utd this Saturday, said: “The work the Prince’s Trust does with Telford is vital in improving the future for many young people.  30% of Telford’s unemployed are aged 16-24 years old and one in five 16-24 year olds have no NVQ or equivalent qualification. Football is a perfect platform for reaching more local youngsters – it’s a great way to let them know that they can go to their local Prince’s Trust office for support and find out how to develop their skills. So come along and support us on Saturday and be in with a chance to win a great prize!”

About The Prince’s Trust

Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps change young lives in the UK. It gives practical and financial support, developing skills such as confidence and motivation. In 31 years, The Trust has helped more than 550,000 young people and continues to support 100 more every day. The Prince’s Trust needs to raise £1 million every week to continue its vital work.   

Telford’s Prince’s Trust office opened in June 2007 to help young people in region develop new skills and get back into work, education or training. Capgemini and Telford Council are supporting the new venture financially and through staff secondment.  

Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available at www.princes-trust.org.uk or on 0800 842 842.

About AFC Telford United

AFC Telford United is in the Blue Square North division following promotion in 2007. On and off the pitch, the club plays an important role in the community. Each year around 8,000 Telford children aged 11-13 will spend a day at the Learning Centre as part of the government’s Playing for Success programme.

About Capgemini

Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of Consulting, Technology and Outsourcing services, enables its clients to transform and perform through technologies.

Capgemini in Telford

  • Capgemini’s sponsorship of AFC Telford United helps the club to provide sporting and social activities for the local community including children, disabled people and minority groups.
  • Capgemini supports educational development, for example launching Shropshire’s first Computer Science Foundation Degree Course in partnership with Telford College of Art & Technology and Wolverhampton University and the ‘Graduate Development Academy’ which provides fast track development of young local talent
  • Ian Dosser, chief financial officer of Capgemini Aspire is Chair of the Telford Economic Development Partnership (TEDP)
  • Capgemini opened a dedicated Princes Trust office in Telford and their corporate social responsibility manager is on secondment

More information is available at www.capgemini.com.