Premier League/BT Disability

Middlesbrough FC scholar helping a child

MFC Foundation’s Premier League/BT Disability project provides opportunities for people across the Tees Valley that have a range of disabilities, including but not restricted to, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, autism and mental health.

MFC Foundation have been engaging people through disability provision since 2014, but recent funding from the Premier League and BT Sport Disability Fund has invigorated the project and as a result has allowed for an increase in the provision and support that this project offers. The PL and BT sport initiative is a three year programme that is designed to inspire and engage disabled people through sport across these four key programme areas:

  • Sport
  • Inclusion
  • Engagement
  • Events

Furthermore, this initiative has identified that disabled people are half as likely to participate in sports as able bodied people, and through MFC Foundations targeted delivery we aim to remove the barriers relating to opportunities and accessibility for disabled people to increase participation.

Key partnerships with local organisations such as Tees Valley Sport and North Riding County FA, among others, are crucial in the development of the project in achieving the strategic aims of community engagement, programme development and delivery, events, and training. This is also supported by the Tees Valley Disability Sports Forum that maps out disability sport in the region to identify current provision and opportunities for potential participants, as well as highlighting the need for new disability specific delivery in areas across the region.

Since September 2016, MFC Foundation’s PL Inclusion project is on course to engage 500+ disabled people within the year, in sport and physical activity, through numerous multi-sport and football specific sessions. This has been achieved through delivery and support at local schools, colleges, community groups and clubs, which has culminated in successful events such as festivals and tournaments that have highlighted and celebrated the success of everyone involved.

We currently run the following sessions during school times:

Acorn Centre

  • Cerebral Palsy: Tuesday 4.45pm – 5.45pm
  • Deaf & Hard of hearing: Tuesday 5.45pm – 6.45pm
  • Pan-Disability (All disabilities): Wednesday 4.45pm – 5.45pm
  • Downs Syndrome: Wednesday 5.45pm – 6.45pm

Contact Lee on lee.grace@mfcfoundation.co.uk or 01642 757674


An Ultra Run For MFC Foundation – An Ultra Special Memory

ON Saturday morning, June 19th 2021, Lisa Hay will set off from Carlisle to complete The Wall, a seventy mile endurance run that will end on Newcastle Quayside at 9am on Sunday morning. 

Lisa will be running for an incredible 26 hours to raise money for MFC Foundation in memory of her friend Lee Butcher, a Boro season ticket holder and lifelong fan.

Lee, a father of two, was due to become a granddad before he tragically lost his life at just 41 years of age.

Lisa described Lee as a fun loving, big hearted man (and wind-up merchant!) who had been a huge support to her on her previous runs.  As a mental health nurse Lisa is very aware of the challenges life brings to people on a day to day basis, she believes that being active is a key part to maintaining good mental health and this has motivated her to complete the London Marathon, The Great North Run and a 35 mile Edinburgh “Rat Race”.

Alongside a sky dive this running has raised thousands for charities including Cystic Fibrosis, Mind and the Mr Men children’s charity.

Lisa read about the work of the Foundation in the newspapers and felt that raising money for the charity would be a fitting tribute for Lee. If you would like to support Lisa please visit her just giving page:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=LisaMichelleHay-1&pageUrl=4

You can also follow her live progress during the run, using her number (0292) at:

http://www.ratracetracking.co.uk/