The Russell Martin Foundation has been awarded £71,000 in the Capital to Coast Skills Support for the Workforce and Redundancy contract. Funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), and co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency, the project will deliver responsive workplace learning courses across Brighton & Hove and West Sussex, and will aim to enhance employee skills and career prospects as well as reducing the risk of long-term unemployment.

Chief Executive, Dr. Alan Sanders said: “We are delighted to be able to extend our community education provision with this free skills training programme for adults. We welcome enquiries from local small and medium employers who have under 250 employees.  Managers can nominate any employees who might benefit from a short course to boost their day to day Maths and English skills. The courses are designed to extend existing skills or to revisit and revive knowledge which may have got a bit rusty since school days, and learning is based on real-life situations, something which is more inviting for the learner. The entire programme and learning resources are available on line and can be easily worked through at each individual’s own pace, and we offer full support and guidance throughout the process. A short online test is taken at the end of the course allowing the individual to achieve a national Level 1 or Level 2 qualification in Maths or English, with Level 2 being the equivalent of a GSCE in either subject.”

Youth Legacy Team (Age 14-25)

The Russell Martin Foundation Youth Legacy Team consists of 20 young people between the ages of 14-25 from across Sussex who represent the foundation as young ambassadors.

Our Youth Legacy Team has been funded by Sussex Community Foundation Youth Social Action Programme.

Our Youth Legacy Team champions the voice of children and young people within our operations, helping to shape and develop our work throughout the Russell Martin Foundation.

Our young ambassadors support local communities through our RMF Community Outreach Programme, supporting voluntarily at events, fundraisers and work to empower a wider network of young people to create positive cultural change.

Annually, the RMF Youth Legacy Team are tasked with planning and delivering a county fundraising event on behalf of the Russell Martin Foundation.

RMF Youth Legacy Team:

• RMF Nike kit and £100 personal development bursary
• Access to a wide range of guest speakers and opportunity to visit conferences and events
• Access to a wide range of exciting volunteering opportunities as part of our Community Outreach Programme

RMF Supporting #iwill campaign

The Russell Martin Foundation is proud to commit its support to the UK-wide #iwill campaign led by Step Up To Serve and HRH, The Prince of Wales. The #iwill campaign aims to inspire 6 out of 10 young people aged 10 – 20 to get involved in a form social action by 2020.

The #iwill campaign strategy is based on collaborating with stakeholders from across a wide range of sectors. Championing activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering. All of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities, whilst developing the skills and knowledge which are necessary to be successful in the workplace.

The Big Lottery Fund and the Department of Culture, Media & Sport have invested £20 million each to the #iwill fund to support young people to access high-quality social action opportunities. For more information relating to the #iwill campaign please visit


The RMA Young Coach Development Programme aims to provide learning and education in supporting young coaches in their personal development.

We endeavour to assist young coaches in securing employment within the sports industry, support in progression towards qualifying as an FA Level 1, FA Level 2 or UEFA B coach, as well as opportunities to participate in various placement opportunities both in the UK and abroad.

All successful applicants shall be required to update their FA CRC, FA Emergency Aid and FA Safeguarding qualification if it is currently out of date or in need of renewal.

The Young Coach Development Programme is led by our Tutor team consisting of Jay Lovett (Senior Football Development Officer & UEFA A Licensed Coach), Sergio Torres (Senior Football Development Officer & FA Level 3/UEFA B Coach) and Gary Mansell (Football Development Manager & FA Level 3/UEFA B Coach).

Russell Martin Academy Young Coach Development Programme members receive:

• RMF Nike kit and £100 personal development bursary
• Access to placement opportunities within the Foundation’s Russell Martin Academy section and with recognised partners
• Support with securing international coaching opportunities abroad

For more information regarding this programme and to request an application form please contact via


The RMF Legacy Programme is a six-week course which combines practical and theoretical activities to enable students to interact more positively on the pitch and in the classroom.

Each session is designed to build confidence among the group, providing opportunities for each participant to develop leadership skills, understand and respect their colleagues and teammates, and increase their own self-respect.

Target Audience:
Secondary school students, college students; particularly those that are performing poorly academically, have behavioural issues or are at risk of exclusion. Group size 12-16 to encourage regular contact time and communication on the pitch and in the classroom.

The RMF Legacy programme sessions last 90 minutes and are split into three sections:
• Encouraging physical activity through a coached inclusive football session
• Working in groups to tackle a series of leadership tasks and exercises
• Drafting a presentation that will be delivered in the final week


RMF Go Sketch is a dynamic, innovative programme delivered in partnership with Future Proof CIC which combines art, design and football to inspire creativity within 8-13 year olds on and off the pitch.

The Go Sketch programme is delivered across 6 weekly 2-hour sessions, the first hour encouraging physical activity through a coached inclusive football session and the second hour consisting of the group designing their Go Sketch character using their Go Sketch workbook.

As part of the programme students are split into two teams:

• Each team agrees on a team name
• Each team creates a character inspired by their team name (character printed onto Go Sketch t-shirts)
• Each team designs a team crest badge (Crest badge is printed onto Go Sketch footballs)

Each RMF Go Sketch programme participant receives a t-shirt and a football which carries their teams design.