A lot of the focus by investors in the Trust-led Stacey West Investment Bond scheme has been on the increase in fans in the stadium. Why not indeed, when the superb atmosphere at our games might be even more electric along with the added potential this gives the club in terms of income.

 The Red Imps Community Trust’s very summarised reason-for-being is to support our fans, our club, and our community and our SWIB project fits the bill in all those areas.

 Extending the stand will have a very visible impact for us fans and our club but the internal space it provides is no less important. It will accommodate the Lincoln City Foundation who’s amazing community work will grow still further from its new home.

 Lincoln City began its structured community work when the Football in the Community department was launched in 1994. In October 2018 Lincoln City Foundation, a registered charity, was formed and overseen by a high-quality board of trustees currently has around 30 staff carrying out a huge range of community activities. 
 An extensive quality Football Development programme for those aged 3 to 16 is a significant part of the Foundation’s workload and includes a free weekly Premier League Kicks session to ensure everyone has access to sport. There are opportunities too for studying at the LNER stadium including the BTEC Academy, Coaching Degree courses, NCS Youth Support, and the excellent newly-launched Women’s Academy that provides a genuine pathway for Lincolnshire women to excel in football.

 Health and Wellbeing is given much priority with Walking Football, Fitness Programmes, and Extra-Time Hubs amongst the measures on offer. The Foundation’s Team-Talk initiative seeks to address male mental health challenges via Andy’s Man club, and Team-Talk kick-about football sessions. Disability Programmes and a massive Schools Programme are all also part of the responsibilities of the impressive Lincoln City Foundation at the home of the Imps. 

 The Stacey West Investment Bond scheme is proving very attractive in itself for investors and we are delighted with its progress. The footballing benefits especially on a match-day will be clear for all to see. I’d suggest too the slightly less visible element of the development – what it will do for the Lincoln City Foundation – is just as important. The people who are helped by what the Foundation does for them are always very grateful. If everyone can support the work of that excellent organisation still further through supporting our project then everyone – whether fans, club, or community – will have benefited by it.

(This is Rob Bradley’s Lincs Echo column kindly reproduced with the permission of @LincsLive / Lincolnshire Echo).