Sillsport Foundation

The Sillsport Foundation is a registered charity that seeks to help orphaned and homeless teenagers in Africa, South America and parts of Asia - the regions where Sillsport Group companies operate.

The foundation establishes residential centres within these regions which not only provide somewhere to live but also academic and vocational education to increase their opportunities and change their outlook and perspectives. 

In particular, the charity will endeavour to encourage a “self help” attitude to funding the organisation, by using the resources it has available to support local or overseas commercial businesses. For example, in Ghana, the local Residential Director is organising the boys that are old enough to work to collect scrap metals, which are then sold through a commercial partner of the Sillsport Group, who in turn makes financial/charitable donations to support the operation of the residential home.

The pride this creates within the community is very evident: the young people feel they are contributing to a better environment, rather than simply being provided for.

We will also encourage sporting prowess, by providing facilities and coaches for the children. The charity is founded on the principle that health and fitness also brings discipline, ambition, healthy competitiveness and reward - as well as opportunities to play and enjoy the camaraderie of team sport, which many of them have missed out on. Therefore, as the charity establishes itself financially, we will invest heavily in the provision of sports equipment, allowing the children to truly benefit from the upside sporting activity brings. 

By encouraging this self-help attitude and instilling confidence, pride and self-belief in the teenagers that stay in the centres, we believe we will enable our residents to move forward successfully as adults, well-integrated into society, when they leave our homes.

Foundation Trustees

Trevor Inch

Trevor Inch

Since leaving professional sport due to serious injury, over the past 25 years Trevor has had a successful career in the corporate world. He is particularly experienced in marketing.
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Neil Sillett

Neil Sillett

Over the past two decades Neil has worked for Portsmouth FC, Coventry City FC and Derby County FC with the likes of Terry Venables, Jim Smith, Steve McClaren and his own father, John Sillett.
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Paul Palmer

Professor Paul Palmer

Professor Paul Palmer has an extensive knowledge of charity financial, management and governance issues, and has worked as an independent expert on charity dispute issues for courts and arbitration.
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