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NEW - Fran's Company, Goal 17, Named in the Top 20 "Most Exciting and Impactful"

Leading Investment Firm, Smith&Williams, name Goal 17 in their Top 20 of "The Most Exciting and Impactful Emerging Companies"

Featured in 2020 edition of Enterprise Magazine, Goal 17 were highlighted for their ability to help engage and retain the best talent for their clients whilst at the same time addressing social problems.


In his opening remarks, Nick Travis, Head of Entrepreneurs, Smith & Williamson Investment Management LLP quoted Goal 17's Founder, Fran Boorman, noting that 'Business for Good is Good for Business" and highlighted that "It is increasingly unacceptable to conduct ‘bad business’. Customers and employees vote with their feet and want their time and money to be aligned with a purpose. This can translate into profits as businesses gain a competitive advantage by attracting and retaining the best talent."


Goal 17 are proud and determined to continue leading the way for a more diverse and socially...

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NEWS - 8 Years of Celebrating Peace One Day

On this very day 8 years ago I watched a TED talk that blew my mind and inspired me to take action (and even take to twitter and Facebook! - see image below). It was Jeremy Gilley talking about Peace One Day. 

Watch the TED talk - CLICK HERE

This was the beginning of a personal journey to believe that we can all make a difference. I began to understand that to change the world around us we didn’t need to be World Leaders or even God’s; each small step forward by every individual counted. 

That year (2011) my small step forward was to stand up at a conference I was attending on the 21st of September and share what I had learned about this special annual amnesty. It was the first day I put myself out there as someone who wanted to literally stand up for what mattered. 

Roll on 8 years and that small step lead me to a place where I now dedicate my working (and much of my social) life to driving positive change through business. I live by my...

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NEWS - WhiteHat and Goal 17 Partner to Support Young People to become Future Lead

event mentoring news Aug 27, 2019

On the 3rd October WhiteHat and Goal 17 will be celebrating an exciting new partnership with a special invitation event exploring how the world of work is changing, what companies can do to introduce a generation of diverse talent and what initiatives they can put in place to increase levels of engagement and improve staff retention.




WhiteHat, a tech start-up building an outstanding alternative to university through apprenticeships, and Goal17, a leading training company supporting businesses to engage and retain the best talent through mentoring, have partnered to promote sustainable business for the future.

Goal 17 provides the UK’s number one sports-led mentoring programme for business. They match corporate clients with homeless or vulnerable young people through an inspiring mentoring programme that transforms the organisations and lives of everyone involved. Their flagship programme combines online theoretical learning, 1.5 days’...

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NEWS - UK’s Top Influencer and Notable Female Figures to Sleep Rough After Awards Ceremony

inspiration news women Jul 07, 2019

The UK’s Top Influencer, a BBC Radio Presenter and women who are World Leaders in their field, will be sleeping rough after a glitzy awards dinner to launch #PurposeOverPouts; an exciting campaign to inspire future generations of girls to have better role models.


13th July see the Global Woman Summit come to the UK for the first time. This international event recognises women from around the World who inspire and lead change. The two-day summit culminates in a star-studded Gala Dinner attended by celebrities and female leaders from across the globe. The UK contingent plan to use this event as a launch pad to raise awareness of homelessness and a new breed of women who want to make a difference.



In May 2019 award-winning entrepreneur, Fran Boorman, was announced at the UKs number 1 influencer after dedicated work building multi-million-pound businesses that effect positive social change, alongside influencing policy and attitudes towards women’s...

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NEWS - Fran Featured In Forbes: "The Company Revolutionizing Corporate Social Responsibility"

Goal 17 received a full feature article written up in Forbes this month. The article highlighted the work the company are doing to help companies increase their staff engagement and retention through developing a mentoring culture, whilst helping homeless young people. The article highlighted the companies innovative approach and social benefits it is creating. You can read the full article here

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NEWS - UK’s Top Influencer to Sleep Rough After Awards Ceremony

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Entrepreneurial Single Mum is Named Global Woman’s Top UK Influencer and Vows to Sleep Rough After the Global Woman Summit to Inspire Future Generations of Girls to Have #PurposeOverPouts


A combination of a fierce public vote and stringent judging panel saw Kent based mum of two, Fran Boorman, announced (on 27th May) as the UKs Top Influencer by Global Woman – an international organisation that empowers and recognises leaders of change across the globe.


Fran is not a typical ‘Influencer’ with a perfectly laid out Instagram account, instead she is recognised as creating influence through action; leading award-winning businesses with strong social purposes and representing women’s views in the media and Parliament.


On hearing of her initial nomination in April 2019 Fran shared how this symbolised a shift in what the public wants from influencers. “There is a real hunger for better role models for the younger generations of...

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NEWS - Fran Presenting Alongside Harry Redknapp

news sport May 03, 2019

Goal 17's Founder, Fran Boorman, was invited to present the work of Goal17 to 150 business leaders in Manchester alongside footballing legend and king of the jungle, Harry Redknapp. Sharing the stage with such an epic icon in recognition of the way we are using football to create a social impact. During the evening guests heard about the Goal 17 EMBED Programme and how corporate companies were developing mentoring skills whilst helping homeless young people.

See recording below:




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NEWS - Shift of Influencers to Purpose over Pouts

inspiration news women Apr 29, 2019

Think of a female influencer and you probably have the image of some gorgeous sun-kissed babe holding the camera at the perfect angle to reveal an enviable pouty pose. Not a single mum, crouched on the floor by the tumble drier folding her little one’s undies, with ruffled hair and fashioning trusty PJ bottoms! However, what if the world is just starting to get that bit more real!?


It was the Tuesday evening before the kids go back to school after the Easter Holidays, and that second image was me, wishing I had been slightly more diligent at the start of the holidays getting the PE kits ready! Making the most of the mundane I was listening to a pod cast whilst paring socks when my phone started buzzing. It had just been announced online that I had been selected as one of the top 6 female influencer from the UK by the Global Woman Movement.


Overcoming my slight embarrassment of such a flattering honour, I have reflected and found excitement and hope - perhaps we...

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NEWS - Goal 17 Listed in the SE100 Index

Since the seeds of an innovative idea launched just over 6 months ago, followed by many thousands of hours of focused work - accompanied by a vast amount of fun - we are bowled over to discover that Goal17 has been listed as one of the Top 100 Social Enterprises on the converter SE100 Index.

This comes at a symbolic time as we prepare to now scale and induct new corporate clients to our award-winning IMPACT programme (the UKS number 1 sports-led mentoring programme).

Goal 17 Management wish to thank all our many supporters who have joined our vision to create commercial and social value alongside one another. We have capacity to take on new corporate clients who want to become part of this success and work with us to make an impact in the communities surrounding Premier Leauge Football Clubs, whilst at the same time investing in developing their own people and culture.

Thank you again to all our supporters.

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NEWS - Facebook Gather 2019 - The Social Social Experiment

event news Jan 23, 2019

I headed to Dublin with a sense of privilege and cynicism. Facebook had invited 500 small business leaders from 17 European countries on an all-expenses paid trip. The details about the event were a little sketchy and like the other participants I was asking, ‘why are Facebook doing this, why me, are they going to try to brain wash us and what do they want to get out of it!?’



I have returned grateful to Facebook and empowered, but not ready to ditch my heels for swanky trainers and a cheesy American grin, or to live the social media dream in an office full of bean bags! No, in fact the support from Facebook reminded me how the power to make an impact lies in the hands of us, the small business owner, not the big impressive companies such as themselves.

During the midst of political disruption now is the time for us all to embrace the tools provided to us by that these tech companies, to work together to design a better future for our communities.


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