Category: Charity

Surrey vs Hampshire Charity Match to take place 15 May 2022

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce that our postponed men’s charity match against Hampshire Charity FC, which had originally been scheduled for May 2020, but postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, has now been confirmed to take place on Sunday 15th May 2022 and will be played at the Woking College 3G pitch in Old Woking.

The game is to be played in aid of two charities, St. Catherine’s Hospice and Crohn’s & Colitis UK, and will see teams representing the counties of Surrey and Hampshire play their first friendly. Surrey will be represented by its senior men’s representative team organised by International Surrey Football, members of the World Unity Football Alliance and debuted in 2018, while Hampshire will be represented by Hampshire Charity FC, which debuted in 2021 in the National Affinity Cup, where they reached the Third Round in the tournament’s debut season.

The long-overdue fixture, originally scheduled to take place 2-years prior, will be held at Woking College, home to Woking FC’s women’s and academy teams, and run by Cardinals in the Community.

The game will be free admission for all but donations on arrival are encouraged, only cash donations can be accepted on matchday through collection buckets, with 100% of the money raised on the day being donated, being split 50/50 between the two charities. Match programmes will also be available to purchase on the day for £2.

Limited free parking will be available on the day, with the nearest train station being Woking, but with Old Woking served by regular bus services from Woking Town Centre as well.

ISF Support Kitmas 2021

International Surrey Football is pleased to share that we will be supporting the 2021 Kitmas campaign, started by founded by football coach and activist Paul Watson and his wife Lizzie, with support from stand up comedians Vix Leyton and Mark Watson (Paul’s brother).

Kitmas works with various regional groups to distribute football shirts to those who will benefit most, making sure that as many children as possible have something to open on Christmas Day.

The campaign will run until December 8th as many centres will need to have the shirts in hand at least two weeks before Christmas in order to get them out to their local community. International Surrey Football will be promoting and working to support the campaign helping to raise awareness of the campaign and will be reaching out to various football clubs across Surrey to try and reach supporters able to donate money or shirts to the campaign.

You can donate to the campaign directly, either by donating to their Crowdfunder page: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/kitmas

Or send any shirts directly to Kitmas Appeal, PO Box 472, Stroud GL6 1NP

In the news

Here is some of the press coverage of last year’s campaign;

Football Supporters Association (FSA)Kitmas: Fans help make a difference this month

BBC News: ‘Kitmas’ launched to gift football shirts to children this Christmas

Big IssueComedian Mark Watson is planning a ‘Kitmas’ for kids in poverty 

The Mirror: Heartwarming new campaign to get children their first football kit for Christmas 

Big Issue: Big Issue Changemakers 2021: Poverty prevention

Gloucestershire LiveThe football fan with a goal to give disadvantaged kids a Christmas to remember

Surrey Launches Second Blackout Shirt in Aid of CALM

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce the first shirt in aid of charity this year in our expanded NotBlueandGold campaign is our second blackout shirt, once again in aid of mental health and suicide prevention charity, the Campaign Against Living Miserably, CALM.

In 2020 the role of CALM and other mental health charities were never so great as people across the world spent many months of the year indoors, away from friends and family, and that importance remains ever present as we’ve moved into 2021, the light at the end of the tunnel has never been closer with multiple vaccines approved in countries around the world and being deployed to some of the most vulnerable in our society, but we’re not there yet and the services CALM and other mental health charities will be necessary, both now and in the future, that’s why we’re proud to be supporting CALM for the second time after launching our first ever charity shirt in support of them in 2020.

We’ve worked with the Kit Factor to put this new design together, following the same principle of our 2020 shirt, and will feature a black and dark grey pattern featuring a oak leaf representing Surrey, with black embroidered logos of our technical supplier Hope & Glory Sportswear, as well as either our Surrey men or women’s logos, with both options being available when ordering, and finally the shirt will feature a heat pressed CALM logo on the front which will help the design to hide on the shirt representing how mental health problems aren’t always clearly visible on the surface and that regularly checking up on friends and family, especially at this time is important.

Shirts will be available for just £39.99 for adult sizes, with a portion of the revenue generated from sales being donated directly to CALM to support the work they’re undertaking. CALM saw a 37% increase in daily calls within the first week of the UK lockdown. The sale of each Surrey blackout shirt will in effect cover the cost of 1 potentially life-saving call for CALM.

The shirt will be available for pre-order from February 1st 2021 and will remain available until the end of February 28th 2021. However, once the sale ends it will end forever and the shirt will not be available again for any 2nd production runs.

Surrey to Launch New Charity Shirts in 2021

In 2020 International Surrey Football released its first fundraising charity shirt, a blackout shirt, in aid of the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), as part of our #NotBlueandGold campaign as the blackout shirts broke away from the team’s traditional yellow and blue shirt colours to support the work of the mental health charity and highlight that for many struggling with mental health problems that these may not clearly visible on the surface. The campaign proved a success with 50% of the money raised from shirt sales going to CALM to help support dozens of potentially life-saving call services they offer.

We are therefore pleased to announce that International Surrey Football will be reviving and expanding the #NotBlueandGold campaign in 2021, launching 3 new fundraising shirts over the course of 2021, with shirts available in 1 month pre-order periods in February, June and October, each raising money for a different cause, and all abandoning the team’s traditional yellow and blue colours in favour of a unique colour scheme applied to each based on their respective causes and forming the #NotBlueandGold campaign in 2021.

Each shirt will only be unveiled up to 1 month before they become available for pre-order and will be produced by International Surrey Football’s teamwear supplier Hope & Glory Sportswear. The designs of each shirt will be published ahead of their respective pre-order release.

Unlike in the 2020 blackout shirt, all 3 shirts in the 2021 #NotBlueandGold campaign will also allow supporters the option to choose between the team’s men’s and women’s badges when pre-ordering their shirts.

All 3 shirts will be available to pre-order at £34.99 for child sizes and £39.99 for adult sizes, of each shirt 50% of the money raised through sales will go to the respective causes that will be announced when each shirt is revealed.

International Surrey Football Supports the Rainbow Laces Campaign

Everyone, regardless of who they are, have a right to enjoy football without fear of discrimination. 

2020 have shown a light on just some of the long-standing inequalities across society. COVID-19 has disproportionately affected many marginalised groups, including people from LGBTQA+ communities. 

Sports and fitness play an important role in the physical and mental health and wellbeing of everyone in our society, but it’s important that everyone is given a place to participate. We need to ensure that football is a place for everyone and this year has shown how much community and allyship matter. The impact of COVID-19 means many of us need sport and physical activity more than ever and football should be a safe haven for everyone, including those from the LGBTQA+ community.

International Surrey Football aims to provide a platform to promote the amazing individuals who compete as a part of or support the Blue and Gold regardless of their sexual orientation and support the LGBTQA+ individuals and community across Surrey, and as a part of this we’re supporting the rainbow laces campaign.

If you need help or advice, you can call Stonewalls information service FREEPHONE on 08000 0502020 or visit their website. Likewise, for more information and ways to report discrimination, you can check out the Kick It Out website

To find the English FA’s policies on tackling homophobia and LGBTQ+ representation in football, click here

If you, or someone you know, would like to report homophobic abuse experience in football, contact the Surrey FA’s discipline team at discipline@surreyfa.com, or the contact the London FA’s discipline team at discipline@londonfa.com.