The Active Communities Network (ACN) is a youth and community development charity whose mission is to tackle poverty and social deprivation at the heart of neighbourhoods across the UK.

Through grassroots projects, mainly in sport and cultural activity, it helps young people into education, training and employment. Using money from The Supporters Club grant, ACN can now deliver a sports-based employability project working with 300 young people across West and North Belfast, a region where 21.5% of young people are not in education, employment or training.

The project provides a support package for young people, including work experience and personal development, and works with employers to help create pathways into employment.