Real Bedford owner launches philanthropy initiative to support young people


The owner of Real Bedford FC has launched a new grant funding initiative to support the aspirations of young people in Bedford Borough.

Peter McCormack said that the Bedford Future Fund aims to support talented individuals in the fields of sport, arts, education, science, and business with grants of up to £5,000.

The podcaster and chairman of Real Bedford told the Bedford Independent that two grants had already been approved, supporting rising sports stars.

Promising karter, Valentino Alessi, received a £5,000 grant to cover the expenses for participating in race weekends, while swimmer Eloise Cole – the inspiration for the fund – was given a grant to travel to Rio de Janeiro to compete at the World Schools Games.

At the competition, Eloise secured Silver in an extremely close 50m final and won Gold as part of the 4x100m Mixed Medley relay team and Silver in the 4x100m Female Freestyle relay team.

Now that the fund has been officially launched, applications are invited from the community.

Examples of support include:

  • Talented sports boys and girls needing funding to travel to events or buy equipment
  • Artists wanting to work on a specific installation
  • Young people wishing to attend courses to develop their skills
  • Young entrepreneurs looking to start a business
Peter McCormack. Image: Peter McCormack/X

Speaking to the Bedford Independent, Peter said: “Bedford is brimming with young talent, but the current economic climate can make it difficult for them to reach their full potential.

“The Bedford Future Fund was established to remove financial barriers and provide our youth with the opportunities they need to excel and thrive.”

You can find out more and apply for the Bedford Future Fund at the website here.