As a result of Joel's hard work and commitment, the Birmingham County FA have created the Joel Richards Foundation Legacy Fund which will honor Joel’s memory and leave a lasting legacy which will benefit the local football ‘family’.
The fund was launched by the Birmingham County FA - where Joel also served as chairman of the Youth Council. The Joel Richards Foundation Legacy Fund will take the form of a bursary fund that local young coaches, referees and volunteers can apply to have access to.
By applying through the fund, individuals will have the opportunity to receive funding to help support their progression through their football journey – something that was tragically taken away from Joel all too soon.
Each successful application of the fund, will be entitled to receive a free pot of funding, to help towards their footballing journey.
Kirsty Dixon, chair of Birmingham FA’s Youth Council, said: “Joel was an amazing role model, inspiring young people throughout all areas of football, refereeing, coaching and volunteering. Joel dedicated his time to support as many people as possible, and always knew how to put a smile on your face.
“His legacy will continue through the many awards in his name, and now the Joel Richards Legacy Fund. We hope to continue the support he personally provided through the fund, which will benefit many – especially those who need some support to kick-start or help them on their own football journey.”
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The Joel Richards Legacy Fund is now available to anyone in the Birmingham region, between the ages of 12 and 25, who need financial support to help them get involved with football.
Once you submit your application, you will be contacted by a member of Birmingham FA Youth Council.