Building brighter futures in our community

We are a registered charity that works to impact positively upon the lives of children, young people and adults through football, education, health and improvement.

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Football Awards 2023 Finalist Logo

Best Football community scheme Non-Premier league


The Russell Martin Academy offers football development opportunities to young individuals aged 7-19, fostering growth for players of diverse abilities and backgrounds.

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The Russell Martin Foundation prioritises education, aligned with our vision for local community prosperity. Our tailored services aim to positively impact children, families, and schools by evolving to meet their needs

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Prioritising good health is paramount. Collaborating with local organisations, we actively promote and support a healthy lifestyle for all.

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About Russell

Founder of RMF

Russell Martin an ex professional footballer with a remarkable 15-year career, hails from Brighton, where he attended Varndean School and Varndean College, representing Brighton Boys throughout his school years. Rising through the ranks, he showcased his talent with the England Schools Under 18s team before joining EFL League Two side Wycombe Wanderers post-A levels. Russell made a significant impact, amassing over 100 appearances and catching the eye of Peterborough United, where he became their youngest-ever captain and led them to Championship promotion.

A decade at Norwich City followed, with Russell making over 300 appearances and achieving three promotions, including two to the Premier League. His leadership skills were evident as he captained the club for five seasons. Representing the Scottish National Team, he earned 29 international caps during his Norwich tenure. Russell concluded his playing career at League One's MK Dons before transitioning into management.

His managerial journey included a successful stint at Swansea City before securing the position of Southampton FC manager, marking the latest chapter in his career.

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Our Coverage

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Latest News

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RMF to hold an Unforgettable Charity Football Match

Premiership manager Russell Martin will be managing a star-studded team of ex-professional footballers and celebrities

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Celebrating Our Achievement as a Finalist in the Community Hero Award

On the 4th of July, RMF attended the awards night!

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ETP Music & Wellbeing

Inspirational music activities funded by Youth Music's Trailblazer Fund

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Business of the month

This is an opportunity for businesses to advertise on the RMF monthly newsletterthat goes out to 800 local families connected to the charity. The logo stays on our website for a duration of 12 months.

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Our Partners

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Our impact in 2022-2023

See some some statistics that show the impact RMF has had in the community.


Players participated at RMA 3164 Girls


Students helped through our Alternative Provision who struggle in main streams schools.


Walking football particpants


Families provided extra financial support to help with rising living costs totalling £12,346

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