Andy Evans, CEO, QPR in the Community Trust

"As a longstanding establishment which regularly brings local people together in a common interest, the club feels it appropriate to actively assist in the development of West London communities. For some time now we have successfully utilized our club brand to influence and promote community enhancing projects for the youth, both independently and in conjunction with councils.

"English football in its origin is a territorial sport with many of our supporters having a connection with the surrounding area, so in this respect by assisting communities we are also giving something back to the supporters. Whilst our forte might be football, QPR in the Community offers a broad spectrum of projects encompassing much more than a simple after school kick-about.

"At present QPR in the Community progresses through its 14th year in operation. During this period the range of social subjects addressed by the team has been extensive. From soccer coaching to promoting racial awareness, QPR has endeavoured to provide for local boroughs and overseas.
"We are living in a world of coalition, and collaboration is key. RESPONSIBALL can fill the space to enable the football family to keep learning from each other."

Colin Atkinson, FITC Senior Community Officer, Glasgow Rangers FC

“With Clubs at all levels realising the need for a functioning community programme, a standardised, yet flexible, social responsibility platform would provide invaluable guidance and support. In addition, it could synergise a Europe-wide forum for Clubs to exchange ideas and experiences, as well as looking at collaborative approaches to common social issues.

“Provision of funding to enable toolkit development should be addressed by both UEFA and the European Union, with resulting benefits undoubtedly outweighing any initial financial outlay through grant provision”

Jason Morgan, CEO, Charlton Athletic Community Trust

“Using the power of football, Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) works in partnership with local communities to empower individuals to improve their lives and their environment.

“We, at CACT, support the development of RESPONSIBALL. Given its offering of good practice guidelines and the know-how to build meaningful programmes, practitioners should have an invaluable resource that adds greater credibility to this field.”

Neil Taylor, CEO, Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme

"We have been developing community, sports and education programmes across East London using football, and specifically the identity of Leyton Orient, since 1989. In that time we have seen an exponential growth in many professional clubs across the UK and Europe delivering and developing a number of projects, either directly or through partnerships. Community, who it is and what it represents, can be defined in a number of ways, and Football Clubs and Leagues have responded accordingly using their facilities, players, club staff and community schemes to meet their needs. Wider partnerships have also been established with charities, statutory bodies and community groups resulting in a £50 million business in the UK alone.

"The RESPONSIBALL website brings all of this knowledge and experience together and shows how Professional Clubs and Leagues at all levels can assist and support their communities and the impact that they can have.  Regardless of size, income, fan base and facilities a professional Football Club always has something to offer. The question is how and identifying key people within the club that are enthused and inspired by their communities to go beyond what happens on the pitch."

Peter Gheysen, Community Coördinator, Club Brugge KV

“The social role of football has developed throughout the years to a ‘point of no return’. We believe that sharing best practices and exchanging ideas Europe-wide has nothing but benefits. There is a need for a well-structured, standardised toolkit that can be implemented within different clubs and community projects.

“We, at Club Brugge, believe that RESPONSIBALL could help clubs, governments, sponsors, … but most of all the people in the community.”