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.
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 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.
|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.|
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 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.
After undertaking work for the charity in a consultancy capacity, Pete joined the staff team in 2004; he provides the creative impetus to drive forward products and services and is responsible for our online business and marketing.
With 10 years commercial business development experience, Andrew develops income generating activities and partnerships that deliver our mission.
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 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 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 joined the board in 2012. She is the owner of a cosmetics company and has been corporate image consultant for over 20 years. Jane is also a mum to 3 energetic children, who have enjoyed many Kings Camps over the years. Jane and her family and are part of St Thomas’ Church in Sheffield.
Joining the board in 2013, Rachel is a solicitor practising in Claimant 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 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.
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 trading company is:
The Kings Foundation Professional Services Ltd. Company No. 03145498
The Kings Foundation, Osborne House, 47 Snaithing Lane, Sheffield, S10 3LF
+44 (114) 2632150