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3 February 2020




Today the Charities Commission awarded AFC Leyton it’s Charity Status.   This is a major step in the transformation of the club from grassroots to becoming an organisation devoted to the welfare and care of young individuals through sport.  AFC Leyton truly believe that football can have a positive impact on its members through building their fitness, confidence, breaking down social barriers and enhancing friendship groups.

Chairman Steven Hodges says “Receiving the charity status is a fantastic day for AFC Leyton. This opens a whole new avenue of funding with organisations that prefer to deal only with charities. It provides relief on the VAT that we pay and overall increases the amount of funding we have available increasing our involvement within the community.

AFC Leyton despite only being 5 years old, is one of England’s largest female only football clubs.  Progressing Charity status has been an important milestone for the club, protecting Leyton’s work within the local community, whilst ensuring we retain our low fee policy in-perpetuity.

Louise McGing, Club Secretary further added “Becoming a registered charity has been a natural progression for AFC Leyton.  We are heavily involved in the local community from our completely free in-school development sessions, as well as our free community football sessions – reaching thousands of children across Waltham Forest and beyond.  The awarding of charity status allows us to deepen this work and reach more children, improving the life chances of females across east London.

AFC Leyton has been given the charity number 1187690.

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