Natwest Skills and Opportunity Fund

Cardiff City FC Foundation Win Public Vote for Welsh Share of NatWest’s £2.5million Skills and Opportunities Fund

24th May 2016

The Cardiff City FC Foundation have won a £35,000 share of NatWest’s £2.5million Skills and Opportunities Fund.

The Foundation was chosen by public vote to benefit from the fund which supports organisations in disadvantaged communities that help people develop, create, or access the skills and opportunities they need to get into work or start a business.

Charities, not-for-profit organisations and state-funded schools and colleges can apply for up to £35,000 each for a specific project from the fund which will distribute grants totalling £2.5 million this year and is expected to help more than 25,000 people.

The Foundation’s new business education programme will challenge misconceptions, address under-representation, and release the creative and enterprise talents of foundation participants and supporters.

Oliver Watts, Chairman of NatWest’s South West and Wales Regional Board, said: “It was a challenging decision because of the standard of entries we received. But the panel felt that all of the organisations would make a massive impact in their local communities.

“Our congratulations and best wishes go to Cardiff City FC Foundation, and I’d encourage anyone who wasn’t successful this time to try again when applications open in August for the next round.”

Ryan Jones, Cardiff City FC Foundation, said: “We are delighted. Entrepreneurship will be a visible and viable option for our students and supporters. Thanks to Natwest we will achieve more – we will create new businesses and social enterprises.”

Over 900 organisations from across the UK and Republic of Ireland applied to this year’s fund before a total of 90 were chosen to enter the public vote.

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Natwest Skills and Opportunity Fund

Picture: (Left to right)
Gavin Hawkey, Foundation Director, Cardiff City FC Foundation.
Ryan Jones, Head of Business Development, Cardiff City FC Foundation.
Kevin Morgan, Director – Business Banking – Wales and South Mercia, NatWest.
Ria Male, Director of Education & Inclusion, Cardiff City FC Foundation.

In red – Cardiff City FC Foundation BTEC Level 3 Futsal students.

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