Premier League Inspires

Foundation staff member poses for a group photo with children on our Enterprise programme

PREMIER League Inspires is an education programme, newly introduced in 2019, developed by The Premier League and professional football clubs.

The programme is aimed at young people aged between 11-25 and brings together learnings from previous PL programmes such as PL Enterprise and PL Works, as well as the Prince’s Trust Achieve course and Sports Leadership qualifications.

The challenges presented today evolve at pace, with young people, more than ever before, experiencing mental health issues, together with social, emotional and personal difficulties. Teachers and practitioners in secondary schools and the education sector face multiple pressures and each school has differing priorities, including an approach to pastoral care, behaviour management and emotional support.

The Premier League Inspires programme uses the appeal of the Premier League and Middlesbrough Football Club to support local 11-16 year olds who are marginalised or at risk of not reaching their potential; supporting them as they move through the education system and early adulthood.

For more information contact Amy on  or 01642 282128.


Dementia Provision Comes In For Rich Praise

Our provision for those living with dementia has come in for rich praise.

Jason Vincent is the Safeguarding and EDI Manager at Millwall FC Community Trust and he made the trip north to see for himself.

Arriving at the Riverside early in the morning, Jason was quickly on his way to Saltburn with our team who were at a care home as part of a Boro memorabilia visit – such visits are a weekly occurrence throughout the area.

After a quick lunch – fish and chips of course, mandatory when visiting the coastal town – Jason was back at the Riverside taking part in one of our monthly dementia dances held in association with Dementia Action Teesside.

Before catching a late train back to London, Jason reflected: “How can I put into words how good today has been? I’ve found it amazing. It’s been so fun. People dancing, smiling, talking and chatting over a cup of tea and a few biscuits and I’ve felt so welcomed by everyone.

“I’ll tell anyone who asks, today I’ve been visiting all the wonderful work which Middlesbrough FC Foundation does. How you engage with communities and deliver some marvellous projects such as the inclusion dances. It’s been great to meet the people involved.”

Jason was visibly moved by what he witnessed and he was a welcome visitor too, engaging as he did with everyone he met.

“It’s such a worthwhile project to help people living with dementia. I’ve spoken to carers and people who have lost loved ones and it’s such a good place for people to share their experiences and talk and really feel how they feel – which is important. I’ve experienced all of that today. It’s been wonderful.”

If you would like to know more about our visits to care homes, or monthly dementia dances, ring 01642 757674 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday, or e-mail