The prospect of a Sheffield football museum has taken a step forward with the launch of a new charity aimed at making the footballing heritage museum in the centre of Sheffield a reality.
Sheffield Home of Football has recruited a new board of trustees and has established a newly registered charity which was approved on the 21st of August this year . It was formally launched last night with a celebration at Sheffield Town Hall in the company of the Lord Mayor Colin Ross, many of it’s new supporters, City MP’s, both football clubs, the Universities and Sheffield City Councillors.
Former Sheffield MP and Minister of Sport, Richard Caborn, Sheffield MP’s Clive Betts and Paul Blomfield attended along with former International referee Keith Hackett and Former Sheffield United and England Legend Tony Currie and his wife.
Kate Joseph’s the Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council said “ it’s an exciting new development and now with this new charity and a clear plan, we have something we can work with to make sure this becomes a reality”. The event was also attended by former Master and Mistress Cutler James & Jo and Mistress Cutler along with staff and students from Sheffield Hallam University. New Chair of Trustees Councillor Denise Fox said “enormous thanks to all our new trustees and supporters and everyone for coming along to support us”.
She also praised the support from sponsors the Little Mesters Brewing Co of Sheffield creators of Sheffield Home of Football Ale and Lager which is going to be a major driver in the fundraising efforts for the new charity. “It’s was necessary to get all the right people in the room to hear our vision for a Heritage Museum in Sheffield city centre alongside a programme of education about Sheffield‘s unique role in the development of the modern game of football from the 19 century to the modern day, said Denise.
“In the New Year, we will be developing a series of football walking tours around the city with our football app, and organising a series of lectures and other events to raise the profile of our work in Sheffield. We also want to work with schools, community and businesses groups to undertake outreach and develop this element of our work”.
“Meanwhile, our search for a building continues, and we are appealing to anyone with suitable premises in the centre of Sheffield to come and speak to us and once we know the location and cost of this, we will launch a public appeal for support and put bids in to the National Lottery private trusts and other funders such to really accelerate our fundraising to make it a reality” added Denise.
We are also seeking individual and corporate sponsorship for our plans and anyone interested in this should contact us.
Photos by Ian Spooner, Nick Robinson