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Charity No: 1166483 
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Robins Relief Fund

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Who says footballers dont care ?

Ashton United FC Squad & Management Contribute to Robins Relief Fund

Hurst Cross— 5th May 2020 11am

On Wednesday 29th April 2020 Ashton United FC announced support to the local community through the Robins Relief Fund. The club is delighted today to announce a contribution from the players and team management of £540.

The Impact

100% of funds raised will be utilised in support of the needs of local people during the Covid-19 pandemic. All donations enable the group to provide:

  • A helpline for people

  • Dedicated Facebook page - Smallshaw Hurst Community Action Group

  • Volunteering opportunities, to help with hard-to-reach people and those without the internet or devices

  • Activity Packs for children and families

  • Activities to combat stress and loneliness & isolation

  • Other goods and services, as they become available 

The response to the free weekly activity packs has been amazing: ‘All enjoying their arts and crafts. Thank you so much, it’s really cheered up their day. They’re all busy making cards for Grandad and for the carers and residents at Kings Park’


Manager Michael Clegg, speaking on behalf of the squad and Team Management said: ‘We felt it was important to give something back to the community as a group. We sincerely hope everyone is ok and coping as best as possible. Its difficult times right now and its vital communities pull together. Hope to see you all safe, and soon!’

Jonathan Burke, Joint Chairman of Ashton United said, ‘It's fantastic that the players and management staff have made this donation. It shows that we're not just a club that are united on the pitch but also off it. This is a time when it's so important that we're all doing everything we can to meet the needs of our community and I'm so proud of our team for digging deep.’

For more information:

PR Contact Name: Steve Hobson

Phone number: 07868849184


Ashton United:

Ashton United in the Community:

‘Last week the Smallshaw Hurst Community Action Group, of which Ashton United in the Community is an active member, supported local families through the Covid-19 lockdown. We were joined by our Patron and Labour Deputy leader Angela Rayner

Here’s a summary of some of our activities’

Smallshaw-Hurst Community Action Group

                           Robins Relief Fund

Whilst Ashton United will still feel the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic the Robins will not suffer the worries of potential failure of the business, as might be the case in some quarters. The effect on many in the community of Hurst and District, home to many of the clubs’ supporters, their families and friends, is devastating.


We are hearing reports of loneliness and isolation, stress and anxiety, food and essential items shortages, deteriorating physical and mental health, the need for bereavement counselling, and shopping needs. Our team of volunteers are working together daily with community partners in Smallshaw Hurst Community Action Group to tackle these issues head on.


Football, the game we love, is not important at this time. What matters is how we face the trials and tribulations brought to us by this devastating virus, together! We have joined together with the trustees of our charity partner Ashton United in the Community in an effort to raise funds to continue to support our local community.

If you feel you can contribute financially, no matter how large or small, please donate via PayPal by clicking  on the donate button at the top of this page.

100% of the funding we raise will be used to help address local issues brought about by Covid-19.


Ashton United in the Community has already provided funding for leaflets and printing; to purchase food, essentials and activity packs, and has today committed an additional £2,000 in support.


Labour Deputy Leader Angela Rayner MP, Patron of Ashton United in the Community, referring to the efforts to help local people said, ‘this is typical of my local constituents mobilising to ensure that nobody is left isolated or without support; as a community we believe in helping each other in times of difficulty.  I am proud of the comradeship and community spirit they are demonstrating.’


Jonathan Burke, Joint Chairman of Ashton United said, ‘Local people are the lifeblood of our club. They have been with us for generations throughout the 140 years we have been at the heart of Hurst. Now is the time for us to do what we can to reciprocate their support; we must all come together and do whatever we can to help each other.’


Need help or support? Call us on 07523919185 or email and we'll do our best to help.



During the last two weeks, our volunteers have delivered over 2000 leaflets, and 200 activity packs, to the local community, on behalf of the Smallshaw-Hurst Community Action Group, recipients of the packs were set the task of drawing an Ashton United F.C. badge featuring a 'Robin', and what a fantastic effort from Becky Jane who sent us this drawing, we have received much welcome feedback and thanks from the residents, for the packs, which are helping to keep their children occupied during the partial lockdown, many more packs are due to be delivered in the coming weeks, but we need more volunteers, if you can help then please phone 07523919185 or email


The Charity are delighted to have joined forces with local community groups, to form the Smallshaw-Hurst Community Action Group, to support local residents in these difficult times, anyone who feels that they may need help, are asked to contact the group, on the number or e-mail provided below, the group also need volunteers to carry out their important work.

if anyone is able to assist, then please fill in a volunteer from which can be found here                                                                                                                                           

 Charity Project Manager and Ashton United F.C. Vice Chairman  Steve Hobson said " Ashton United is proud to partner with other local charities to try to help local people, many who have supported The Robins for generations. Now its time for us all to come together to do as much as we can for each other.  


Charity Patron Angela Rayner, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party commented, ”this is typical of my local constituents mobilising to ensure that nobody is left isolated or without support; as a community we believe in helping each other in times of difficulty. I am proud of the comradeship and community spirit they are demonstrating.”

Angela Rayner M.P.

The Charity would like to offer our congratulations to our Patron Angela Rayner M.P. on her position as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, a worthy winner.

 Jonathan strides out for the Ladies

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak - this event has been cancelled - however, Donations are still gratefully welcome.    Thank You at this challenging time.

On the 5th April Ashton United F.C. joint Chairman Jonathan Burke, will be attempting to complete the Manchester Half Marathon, in order to raise funds for the clubs Ladies Team.

This is a great effort on Jonathan's part, as he has been unable to train as he would have liked due to injury, but is determined to give it a good go, a just giving page has been set up,and anyone wishing to donate can do so by visiting  all donations will be gratefully received.

HurstFest 2020 - Urgent update

"Following consultation with partners, and in the light of circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus epidemic currently affecting the country, regretfully the charity has determined that this year's HurstFest could present an increased risk to visitors, vendors, exhibitors, volunteers and staff.


Government public information indicates that the outbreak is likely to be at a heightened level over the next 6 - 8 weeks and the organisers do not wish to expose people to unnecessary risk.


​We are seeking to organise a smaller 'Summer Fayre', around August time, in conjunction with partners, when we might anticipate that the risk will diminish.


Further information will be available in due course.


HurstFest in 2021 is scheduled to take place on Saturday 8th May

pencil the date in your diaries


Following the success of the previous courses the Charity will shortly be holding another Media training Course.


Arrangements are currently in the process of being finalised so if you're looking to become involved in the Sports Media industry, or looking to enhance your current skills.

Further details to follow, however if anyone is interested you are invited to 'click here for more info'  and register your interest

Rainbow Laces

The Charity are delighted to support Manchester F.A. and their 2019 Pride Cup competition, we are pleased that Ashton United F.C. have entered a five a side team as F.C. Rowney, made up of the clubs media team, and we wish them well in their endeavours to lift the cup.

It is important that everyone has the opportunity to play football whatever their gender, and we applaud Manchester F.A. for their initiative.

#Rainbowlaces #footballforall

The Charity are proud to announce, that Ashton United Football Club, have been awarded the Kick It Out Charter for football, the football club commented.  

‘Ashton United(AUFC) and Ashton United in the Community (AUITC) are proud to support Kick it Out. There is no place in our club and charity for discrimination and we will support all efforts to be more inclusive for all, regardless of their background.’

David Burke, Joint Chair AUFC and Trustee AUITC

Charity successful with Lottery bid

Ashton United in the Community (AUITC) is delighted to announce that the independent charity has been awarded almost £10k by The National Lottery Community Fund Awards For All England Programme.

AUITC Project Manager Steve Hobson said, ‘We are thrilled to receive the award in support of our volunteers who are engaging with the ‘Growing Well in Tameside’ initiative. The grant will be utilised to help improve mental and physical health and wellbeing for people across our community. We will be working together with partners across the district including Ashton United.’

Grounds team of the year 2019

Ashton United in the Community would like to congratulate all the volunteers who make up the Ashton United F.C. Grounds Team,who have been judged the Manchester Football Associations Grounds Team of the year.

Resounding success for Hurstfest 2019

Despite the wintery conditions, there was a tremendous turnout for Ashton United in the Community Hurstfest event, families enjoyed facepainting, bouncy castles, various animals,a football tournament, interacting with the emergency services, and a host of other activities to keep them happy. There was plenty of music on offer from a D.J. Brass Band and even a childrens plastic band, plenty of food and drink was on hand to compliment what was a wonderful day.

Ashton United in the Community Patron Angela Rayner M.P. was a welcome visitor, together with the Mayoress Cllr Denise Ward - Mcnally, and her Consort, Cllr David Mcnally.

Ashton United vice chairman Steve Hobson commented " What a great day at Hurstfest, despite the inclement weather. It was such a feeling of togetherness, with the whole community rallying round to ensure everyone had a day to remember "

 AUITC in conjunction with AUFC - Donate Kit to GMP Tameside

Tameside Police are delighted to have been presented with a football kit to use when officers are supporting local people to raise funds and awareness through football matches.


Back in October officers and staff from GMP’s Tameside Borough, took part in a charity football match against Emmaus Mossley, at Mossley AFC’s Seel Park. The event raised over £2000, with all proceeds being donated to the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Fund, to be used towards the Bed Every Night campaign.

For the match, Ashton United Football Club kindly leant GMP Tameside one of their old kits for them to play in. The kit has now been donated to the GMP Tameside Borough by the Finnigan Family on behalf of Ashton United in the Community and Ashton United FC, who have had a custom designed GMP badge stitched on to the shirt.


Carol Finnigan, Trustee of Ashton United in the Community and the charity’s Welfare Officer said, “The police are very supportive of Ashton United in the Community and Ashton United FC initiatives. It’s great we can do our bit together in partnership to the benefit of the local community”.


Superintendent Jane Higham, of GMP’s Tameside Borough said “It’s really important that the police are seen as part of our community, and football is such a great way to get involved and help support local charities and initiatives. The kit is fantastic! Thank you so much for your donation Ashton United, we look forward to using it soon.”


The kit will be getting an outing when GMP Tameside and Emmaus take part in a follow up charity event later this summer, further details of which will be announced soon.

#Volunteers matter

Volunteers are the backbone of both the charity and the football club - here is a short video showing how our volunteers contribute towards our core values.

If you care to join us please get in touch, you will be made most welcome.

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