We’re here to get children active, have fun and learn together and we’re committed to helping 2 million young people by 2020.

Very few children grow-up to become sports stars, but every child can enjoy the benefits of active games, play and sports participation.

For children, sport should be fun and accessible thereby enabling them to develop self-esteem, confidence, a sense of achievement and the mutual respect of others. We believe that all children are loved and valued by God and that by helping children to be active, have fun and learn together, we are doing God’s work. This belief is at the heart of our work and continues to guide the current leadership team.

The approach we take towards people demonstrates a bias for inclusion regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, social or economic circumstances.

Specifically we provide:

How we work

We are about people. We aim to serve people that trust us with their children, provide children with an inspirational experience, provide high quality, enjoyable and progressive employment opportunities for staff and volunteers and enjoy mutually beneficial agreements with suppliers.  Our core values are central to our mission and they govern our behaviours.

The Kings Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Safer recruitment is central to the way we work and all staff and volunteers are expected to share our commitment to safeguarding, always creating an environment where young people feel safe and can thrive.

How we got here

The charity was formed in 1991 and initially operated out of the King’s Centre Church in Sheffield, UK.  The Christian faith was instrumental in our creation, it continues to guide the current leadership team and is at the heart of our work.

We started by managing sports camps in three cities, Sheffield, Bradford and Leeds and contributed our income to support projects such as a soup wagon programme for young homeless people in Sheffield (which still exists today).

Subsequently a national network of venues was developed to allow increasing numbers of children to experience structured sports and activity programmes during the school holidays. We are a charity that generates its own income and, both programmes that we run and our work with external organisations, positively contribute to our charitable objectives.

To date we’ve worked globally with at least 1 million children and young people, provided positive experiences for many thousands of disadvantaged children and provided employment experience for around 20,000 young people.

Recent Developments

2017 Provided Active-Play-Sessions for 9,500 children at schools across the UK.
2016 Only organisation in our sector to open up to independent on-line customer reviews, scoring a 97% satisfaction rate.
2015 Trained 500 community leaders to use sport and active games to deliver child friendly programs in marginalised communities.
2014 Provided work, training and professional development opportunities in the UK and internationally for 1,000 under 25s.
2013 Developed a hosted online learning platform; Work Qualified; that allows organisations to deliver pre-employment training in a highly effective way. A number of high-profile child companies and organisations involved with children’s and family services now use this service.
2012 Helped a number of companies in the holiday sector to improve the quality of their children’s services. Thomas Cook and Norwegian Cruise Line reported significantly increased customer scoring as result of their partnerships with us.
2011 Launched the Kings Volunteer program to provide equipment, inspiration and know-how to enable individuals and groups to use sport to transform children, young people and communities
2010 Specialist gymnastics and learn to swim programmes were launched. Our Supporting Families Programme provides 1,000 subsidised places at our UK camps for children from a range of difficult or disadvantaged family circumstances.
2009 Specialist soccer programme International Soccer Schools was launched.
2008 Kings Camps was launched in South Africa and in 2009 we operated camps in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Our work in Botswana and Uganda became established as more independent, self-governed charitable enterprises with a momentum towards local sustainability.
2007 The charity agreed a partnership with the England Cricket captain, Michael Vaughan, to establish cricket programmes in the UK that enabled increasing numbers of children to experience cricket. Initiated a Kings Camps provision for military families involved with conflict, work which has received praise from the highest ranking military personnel.
2006 Kings Camps launched in Botswana as an income generating activity to provide a child-care service to families, to help fund our work amongst poorer communities and provide local people with paid and voluntary employment opportunities.
2005 Full-time outreach workers for Botswana and Uganda were appointed to develop sports ministry programmes for children and leaders.
2002 Further consultancy contracts were secured, most noticeably with Cunard Line for their family services on board QE2 and QM2 ships. A team of volunteers was sent to Botswana to run outreach programmes for children from disadvantaged communities.
2001 The charity initiated work across Europe with Eurocamp, this was the first consultancy agreement that was processed through the charity’s trading company.
2000 The charity was awarded the Investors in People standard.

Organisation Functions

Our People

Our executive team is based at our head office in Sheffield, UK and is responsible for the strategic development and delivery of our mission.

Richard Holmes, Chief Executive Officer

Richard has been involved with the charity since 1991; leading the executive management team and providing leadership, direction and vision, facilitating short and long-term strategic planning.

Peter Thompson, Head of Design & Development

After providing design services to the organisation in it’s early years, Pete joined the staff team full-time in 2004; he provides the creative impetus to drive forward products and services and is responsible for our online business and marketing.

Andrew Busby, Head of Partner Relations

With 10 years commercial business development experience, Andrew develops income generating activities and partnerships that deliver our mission.

Nick Brushett, Head of Operations

Nick’s had a life-long journey with Kings! Attending Kings Camps as a child and a Rookie, Nick progressed to become a coach and Site-Manager before undertaking a graduate training program with Marriott Hotels. Nick moved to South Africa to manage Kings Camps there, had a couple of years in corporate recruitment and then returned to the UK 2017 to oversee our Operations Team and the supply of people, programmes and equipment across our work.

Our Board of Trustees are volunteers that have ultimate responsibility for governing and directing how we are managed and run

David Taylor (Chair)

David joined the board of trustees in 2000 and became chairman in 2005. He holds the position of Senior Research Fellow at Cardiff Business School and has experience in business research, consultancy and lecturing. David says ‘As a Christian, it’s been a great privilege to be involved with the Kings Foundation. I am particularly proud of our international work, where we bring top-quality sports activities, fun and learning to some of the most disadvantaged children and at the same time sensitively share something of our Christian faith’.

Barry Ninnes

Barry joined the board of directors in 2004. A Christian and former Rugby Union international who believes in sport as a means of developing people in order to reach their potential, particularly those who struggle academically.

Geoff Thompson OBE

Geoff joined the board in 2004 when he was the Chairman of the Football Association. Geoff is now a Vice President of both FIFA and UEFA with significant responsibilities and influence on world football. Home is Chesterfield, Derbyshire and Geoff always manages to keep involved with the development of King’s despite his demanding international schedule.

Jane Fardon

Jane joined the board in 2012. She is a partner in the leadership consultancy Giant Worldwide Ltd, where she coaches teams and leaders on how to reach the next level in their performance and potential. Jane is also a mum to 3 adult children who in the past have enjoyed many Kings Camps. Jane and her husband and are part of Network Church in Sheffield.

Rachel Brown

Joining the board in 2013, Rachel is a solicitor practising in Clinical Negligence and sits as a lay member of the Ethics Committee at an NHS Trust as a member of the Parent Patient Liaison Committee. Rachel has specific board-responsibility for safeguarding and is mum to 3 children who regularly attend Kings Camps.


The Kings Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers full and part-time, permanent and temporary paid and voluntary positions with varying levels of responsibility for the development and support of our mission. Kings Recruit is the recruitment brand of the charity, for details of employment opportunities go to Kings Recruit.

Finance & Legal

100% of your money helps children – with nothing taken away100% of your money helps children – with nothing taken away. Our 100% promise has always been important to us. Since our inception, all the charity’s operating costs have been met by our income generating charitable activities Kings Camps, Kings Active and Kings Recruit. These activities cover essential costs including staff salaries, office systems, office rent, supplies and transport. This enables us to continue using 100% of public donations for the provision of sports activities to children.

Registered charity number: 1105460
Company number: 5099069

As a UK registered charity, the charity’s annual returns are available to view on the Charity Commission Register.

The charity’s registered address is:
Osborne House, 47 Snaithing Lane, SHEFFIELD, S10 3LF

The charity’s auditors are:
Landin Wilcock & Co, 68 Queen Street, SHEFFIELD, S1 1WR

The charity’s bankers are:
Lloyds TSB Ltd, 14 Church Street, SHEFFIELD, S1 1HP

The charity’s lawyers are:
hlw Keeble Hawson LLP, Commercial House, Commercial Street, Sheffield, S1 2AT

The charity’s HR and employment lawyers are:
Bhayani HR and Employment Law, 59 Shoreham St, Sheffield S1 4SB

The charity’s Data Protection & GDPR Consultants are:
Bruce and Butler, Unit 9, Neepsend Triangle, Burton Road, Sheffield, S3 8BW

The charity’s Designated Safeguarding Officer is:
Lynda Rands, lynda.rands@kingsfoundation.org

The charity’s Safeguarding advisor and external auditor is:
Graham Sandersfield, graham.sandersfield@googlemail.com

The charity’s trading company is:
The Kings Foundation Professional Services Ltd. Company No. 03145498

Contact Us

By Post
The Kings Foundation, Osborne House, 47 Snaithing Lane, Sheffield, S10 3LF

By Phone
+44 (114) 2632150

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