Premier League Works

Marten de Roon & Viktor Fischer sitting on exercise bikes alongside participants on the PL Works programme

The Premier League Works programme was designed to cater for young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), and to help them progress along their employment pathway and to achieve a person-centred outcome.

Our mission at MFC Foundation is to deliver an innovative combination of one-to-one support, personal development workshops, work placements and community action to inspire and support young people to realise their potential.

We run a 13 week programme delivered over two days each week (Thursday & Friday).  The programme is ran on a roll on roll off basis, making it accessible to young people at any time.  Throughout the 13 weeks each participant will complete the following elements:

120 hour Core Programme
Participants complete workshops that focus on developing their employability and life skills whilst also supporting them to develop functional skills such as English, Maths and ICT.

30 hours Work Placement
We work with each participant individually to identify and organise a work placement that best supports their employment goals.

Community Action Activity
Community action projects and activities are developed and organised by the group to not only develop their skills but also to contribute to the local community.

Sports Leaders Level 2 Qualification
This qualification is delivered to supports the participants with a number of personal and social skills such as communication, confidence, team working and leadership.

Throughout the programme we support the young people by giving them a Personal Development Plan that identifies their aspirations and gives them set goals.  Our Project Workers help the individual to work towards their goals and try to support them back into Education, Employment or Training.

For further information on the project please contact the PL Works team on 01642 454816 or email

We’re All In This Together

Here at MFC Foundation we are continuing to do what we do best. Helping our community.

In light of strict  guidelines set out by the Government on Monday 23 March, we’re doing what we can in these most testing of times for so many people.

All community support in Middlesbrough is being coordinated by Middlesbrough Council’s #HELPBORO scheme. If support is required and it is safe to do so, we will assist the Council in providing support to the vulnerable and elderly.

For further information of the #HELPBORO campaign please visit or call 01642 729777.

Where absolutely essential we’re continuing to support the schools we work in with delivery, however our activities will mainly take the form of online support, working with schools to provide resources for young people to take part in, in the safety of their own home.

Working alongside Middlesbrough Football Club, we will help make contact with all elderly and vulnerable Season Card holders, ensuring they are aware of the services they have available to support them, while at the same time ensuring at least weekly contact via telephone and other means, with all our elderly and vulnerable participants.

More and more people are being encouraged to socially isolate, so each day at midday we are posting via our social media channels. The post may be a simple message, it may be a quiz, a challenge, an activity, a resource that can be used by young and old, photos or links to something you may find useful. So far, we have encouraged a one-touch wallball game and tested your football (and emoji) knowledge.

On Monday evening our Football Fans in Training participants took part in an online physical activity session, continuing to support their drive to become more physically active.

Beginning next week, we aim to begin the distribution of virtual activities, open for our younger participants. These are currently being created.

Out in East Cleveland our Team Talk members are staying in touch through virtual means, we’re continuing to set challenges for our Couch to 5k participants and MasterChef quarter-finalist Matei Baran is to send video recipe/instruction clips that can be passed onto participants on our Kitchen Therapy project. We will also be supporting schools with distribution of free school meals to children and families who urgently need them.

More will come in the days and weeks ahead as we react and adapt to the needs of our community.

We’re all in this together and MFC Foundation will strive to continue to be at the very heart of our community, supporting those who need our help.