Our Year In Numbers

What a year 2020 has been! Coronavirus has changed so much and will continue to have an impact on all of our lives for many months to come. However, despite the challenges that we faced following the COVID-19 pandemic, here at Reds in the Community, the charity arm of Barnsley Football Club, we have continued to play an active part in our local community and helped to improve the lives of thousands of individuals living in Barnsley and the surrounding areas by supporting them across four key themes: Health, Social Inclusion, Sports Participation and Education. By successfully navigating restrictions and positively utilising the unique reach of the club and working collaboratively with our external local and national partners, we have continued to showcase the quality, reach and impact of our work with programmes supporting Post 16 education, physical and mental health, women, girls and disability sports, refugees and NCS. Despite everything, our aim has remained the same, to tackle all forms of discrimination and society’s biggest challenges using Barnsley FC and sport as a force for good.
Valued members of our workforce
Invested into improving the lives of individuals within our local community

Free match tickets distributed supporting our work


Christmas hampers delivered to support local families thanks to fundraising from Athersley Rec Football Club



Students studying on level 1, 2 and 3 courses at Oakwell


Students studying on the Foundation Degree Course at Oakwell in partnership with the University of South Wales

Year 3 Undergraduates in Community Football Coaching and Development

of students that started their post-16 course in September 2020 are still highly engaged in their study programme

  • of Post-16 students successfully completed their qualification for the 2019/2020 academic year
  • Shadow Scholarship player (Steven Simpson) signed a professional contract with Barnsley FC academy U23



Donated for health-related activities including free school meals and Christmas hampers


Individuals engaged in targeted health improving initiatives


Men & Women signed up to 7 Fits Reds Programmes supported by local area councils


Participants have taken part in Walking Football sessions at Oakwell for men and women over the age of 35

Social Inclusion


Conor Chaplin named as Social Inclusion Ambassador, supporting initiatives and events ran by Reds in the Community throughout the year


Individuals have participated in our Short Breaks programme in partnership with Barnsley Council


Women and Girls engaged in targeted Womens Football programmes


Refugees have taken part in football sessions at Oakwell


Young people signed up and took part in the NCS Programme completing 18300 hours of volunteering work


Actively volunteered in the local community by NCS Programme graduates

Sports Participation


Children involved in the Premier League Kicks Programme which looks to promote and provide young people with opportunities, using sport as a tool to drive this forward


Individuals have attended YOYO sports sessions providing young people access to free weekly diversionary sports sessions in partnership with the Office of the SY Police and Crime Commissioner


Individuals attended a Premier League Kicks Education Workshop


Pupils successfully engaged in our Transition Programme supporting mental health and wellbeing


Schools received weekly Digital Support for PE, PSHE, Maths and English sessions


Children involved in the Premier League Kicks Programme which looks to provide young people with sporting activities and signposting opportunities


Individuals have taken part in pay & play sessions at Oakwell including Soccer Camps during the half-term school breaks


Pupils have actively engaged in Premier League Primary Stars sessions