Roary’s Class Acts

Roary’s Class Acts programme was originally formed by a consortium including Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation, The Cleveland Centre, Middlesbrough Schools’ Teaching Alliance, Middlesbrough Catholic Schools’ Partnership and Emmerson Marketing in a bid to tackle issues regarding primary school attendance figures across Teesside.

The programme was aimed at originally been trialed at local catholic schools in the Middlesbrough area, which proved to be an all-round success which has now developed to include the majority of primary schools in Middlesbrough.

The materials we have developed, including stickers, posters, door hangers and more, encourage and recognise excellence and improving attendance among primary school children through building a culture of healthy competition between schools, classes and children. Achievement is linked to a range of incentives and prizes for children which include visits from our Mascot, Roary the Lion, and stadium visits for example.

The importance of high levels of attendance are evident in many aspects of education. Government research and statistics indicate that having good attendance leads to higher academic achievement, greater enjoyment and children feeling more settled in school. It is the purpose of this project to support every child in achieving their highest possible attendance levels and developing the mantra that ‘Every School Day Matters’.

John O’Boyle (Head of the Catholic Teaching Alliance) said “The project has been a fantastic success in our schools. We have seen a marked improvement in attendance among those who are typically difficult to engage.

Roary’s Class Acts is now running for a second year and is already in 36 of the 42 primary schools in Middlesbrough and has now received funding to access and supply 16 schools within Redcar and Stockton. This is great for Middlesbrough and its surrounding areas as it will see an all-round increase in attendance in the coming years.

There are incentives in place for the most improved and highest achieving schools, these include; Visits from Middlesbrough football clubs mascot (Roary the lion), P.E sessions ran by an MFCF coach, stadium tours and end of year celebration events. There has already been a number of assemblies at schools with visits from Roary.

Alex.Dore@mfcfoundation.co.uk or give us a call on 01642 282128 / 07852283821


MFC Foundation Chosen As One Of Barclays’ UK Charity Partners And Receives A Six-Figure Donation

MIDDLESBROUGH FC FOUNDATION are delighted to be one of Barclays’ UK charity partners, chosen for the meaningful work we are doing with Tees Valley Community.

In April, Barclays announced a £100m Community Aid Package to support charities that are helping people and communities most impacted by COVID-19. Alongside a colleague-matched fundraising initiative and the £10m pledged through their 100×100 Programme, Barclays is donating funds to charity partners across the UK, Americas, Asia and Europe to ensure help reaches those who need it most.

The donation to MFC Foundation is £100,000, money which will be used to fund the continuation of its work of distributing food parcels to those who need it most at this time. Working with the Food Poverty Partnership, the Foundation will also ensure that the funds are used to enhance sustainable food options in Tees Valley for the foreseeable future, ensuring that there are accessible and affordable options available for local people.

Helena Bowman, Head of MFC Foundation, the oldest professional football club charity in the country, (this year we’re celebrating our 25th year), said: “This is a significant investment for MFC Foundation and will make a huge difference to individuals in our community who, unfortunately, are in a position where they require support with food. We will ensure that this funding is used to sustain a long-term impact and we would like to thank Barclays for their generosity.”

Barclays chosen partners in the UK include those who are meeting the immediate needs of low-income families, those facing financial hardship, isolated elderly people, NHS staff and key workers.

Judith Richardson, Barclays Relationship Director, said: “This crisis has had an unprecedented impact across the UK and we know this is an incredibly challenging time for many in the Teesside region. By reaching those most in need of support, local charities, such as Middlesbrough FC Foundation have played a vital role in this crisis to date, and no doubt they will do going forward.

“As a proud member of our community, we are doing everything we can for our customers, clients and colleagues, and we hope that our partnership with Middlesbrough FC Foundation will allow many others to access the help they need as this crisis develops.”