In partnership with The Law Family Charitable Foundation, Robbie Savage is delighted to unveil "The Savage Foundation" - which is set to provide free football for all Primary School children at the Leasing.com Stadium.
Run by the local community and dedicated volunteers, players aged 5 - 12 will be able to enjoy free coaching sessions on Tuesday evenings between 16:00-18-30.
Players will also have the opportunity to attend educational classes and homework clubs, whilst also given the chance to compete in a new Saturday Community League which is set to launch later this year.
They will play under the banner of The Savage Foundation and will be provided with their own stylish kit to wear as part of this unique offering.
Not only that, any youngster who participates in the exciting new league will also receive a complimentary ticket to watch the First Team in action.
Through The Savage Foundation, Macclesfield FC really will become the place to be for all local youngsters who want to develop their footballing skills in a safe and secure environment, create strong friendship networks and support The Silkmen!
And whilst the Leasing.com Stadium will undeniably be the initial focal point of this incredibly poignant initiative, through partnerships with local schools The Savage Foundation together with The Law Family Charitable Foundation will also be offering free football sessions within the wider community - with a view to expanding throughout the United Kingdom. This will ensure that as many youngsters as possible are able to enjoy all the tangible benefits that regular participation in grassroots sport yields - absolutely free of charge.
Speaking about the unveiling of his new Foundation, the former Leicester City and Wales international stated -
"It gives me great pleasure to launch The Savage Foundation.
"A Community Interest Company that will be dedicated to deliver my passionate belief that all youngsters should be able to access free grassroots football regardless of their background or ability, with the aim that no child should be disadvantaged.
"The Foundation will be committed to facilitating inspirational opportunities for young people to enjoy being physically active in a safe, fun and engaging environment - eliminating barriers to level the playing field.
"My heartfelt desire is for my Foundation to help every child experience the enjoyment and benefits that being active can bring - increase their confidence and promote the importance of both their physical and mental wellbeing.
"The ability to bring my dream to reality has only been made possible by the generosity of support from Macclesfield FC owner Rob Smethurst in giving up his club facilities that would have otherwise been available for commercial opportunity, as well as the enormous goodwill and generosity of Andrew Law on behalf of The Law Family Charitable Foundation who have provided an initial three-year Seed Funding donation - for kits, coaching and equipment; placing their trust in the Foundation to deliver on its promises.
"I cannot find enough words to express how grateful I am to both our founding partners and our associates!
"It doesn’t stop here though; my wider vision is to create a sustainable model that can be replicated across wider UK football clubs and communities."
You can register your interest to either play or volunteer for The Savage Foundation by completing the contact form on The Savage Foundation website, link below.
“The Law Family Charitable Foundation (LFCF) is delighted to be supporting The Savage Foundation.
"Sport has always been important for children’s development for so many reasons.
"As we finally emerge from the COVID-19 lockdowns, inspiring everyone to re-engage in sport is essential – and this initiative will bring really exciting prospects for so many.
"The Foundation’s ethos of 'levelling the playing field' is one we firmly support; we believe that everyone should have equal opportunities regardless of background; with Robbie's passion and drive, it's clear we have a unique opportunity to change young people's lives for the better”
“Grassroots football has the power to change people’s lives by bringing communities together and improving the health of the nation.
"By providing opportunities for youngsters to play the game, regardless of background, The Savage Foundation will have a really positive impact on young people in Macclesfield sharing the same synergies with our own strategy to deliver the game for all.
"I wish the Foundation the very best for its launch and look forward to seeing it develop into an important initiative for the local community and beyond”
“The vision and values of the Savage Foundation fit really well with Sport England’s own strategy launched recently, ‘Uniting the Movement.
"Some of the main themes in there are tackling inequalities, giving children a really positive experience and connecting communities through sport.
"The Savage Foundation has all these aims in Macclesfield and I wish them every success.”
“I am absolutely thrilled that Macclesfield FC are able to partner with The Savage Foundation, in what represents an incredible opportunity for local youngsters.
"The new state-of-the-art 4G pitch is set for completion in March and will unquestionably represent the best playing surface in the local area for kids to enjoy - no matter what the weather!
"In addition to this we continue to invest heavily into the infrastructure of the Club, in order to make it a true focal point of the local community.
"We want everyone to unite behind our town, behind our Club and behind our community - The Savage Foundation allows us to take our passionately-held aims and objectives to the next level and we can't wait to welcome youngsters to the Leasing.com Stadium later this year!"