The Supporters Club is BT Sport’s charitable initiative. It aims to create a better future for young people facing incredibly tough challenges. The money raised through The Supporters Club will go to UK and international projects that change young lives.
The Supporters Club raises money thanks to BT Sport customers choosing to add an additional £1, £3 or £5 to their monthly BT bill as a donation. BT also donated an additional £500,000 in 2013.
How The Supporters Club Operates
The Supporters Club fund is managed by Comic Relief. The donations made through BT customers’ bills are transferred to Comic Relief, which uses its expertise and experience in UK and international grant-making to select the projects that will receive grants from The Supporters Club, administer the fund, and ensure that every £1 is working as hard as possible to turn young lives around.
Comic Relief’s trustees are responsible for selecting and approving every single grant. Their expertise and experience is invaluable in ensuring The Supporters Club grants are allocated to effective and sustainable projects working on the ground to transform young lives. Proposals for grants are made to the trustees by the Grants Advisory Board, which comprises representatives from BT and Comic Relief.
Comic Relief is a UK registered company limited by guarantee (01967154) and a charity registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales (326568) and with OSCR in Scotland (SCO39730). It is a grant-making organisation and does not run its own projects. It manages The Supporters Club fund and these grants have to adhere to the same principles and procedures as all its other grants.
For more information about Comic Relief, please go to www.comicrelief.com.
Information on The Supporters Club can be found at www.thesupportersclub.org and http://www.btplc.com/Betterfuture/ImprovingLives/TheSupportersClub/index.htm. In addition, information will also be available in BT’s annual Better Future report.
Income and Expenditure
Every pound given to The Supporters Club from BT and its customers is a pound that goes directly to Comic Relief making a grant. A small proportion of the donations are used by Comic Relief to cover grant-making administrative costs, making sure that the grants are allocated to good projects and are properly monitored and evaluated. All other Comic Relief costs relating to fundraising and organisational overheads for The Supporters Club are paid for by BT and are not taken out of donations made by BT or its customers to The Supporters Club.
For more information about the income and expenditure of The Supporters Club, please go to www.comicrelief.com.
Money raised through The Supporters Club will be used to support projects that fit:
The target group: Children and young people.
Geographical area: In the UK and globally.
The money raised through The Supporters Club will support projects that aim to make a real difference to real people, delivering tangible outcomes in the following areas:
- Bringing people together - teaching values such as sportsmanship and teamwork
- Getting children back to school and improving achievement
- Empowering young people to get into training and employment
- Tackling tough problems facing young people – such as neglect, abuse and exploitation
- Improving health, well-being, sense of purpose and pride
The majority of the money raised through The Supporters Club will be used to support projects that use sport as a tool and inspiration to transform lives.
The Supporters Club recognises the positive role sport can play in our lives - it can bring people together, provide structure, support, teach values and actively bring about change that addresses social issues. It is an invaluable tool to engage with hard-to-reach communities and provide a range of opportunities that previously they may have been excluded from.