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Why Tony Bloom and Football are a Match Made in Heaven

Tony-BloomBusinessman-investor Tony Bloom and the world’s most popular and beloved game football are said to be a match made in heaven and we could not agree more. These two click like coffee and cream even if at first look they may appear to be a long stretch. But really, they complement each other so well that they even change the course of history and here’s why.

Born in 1970 at the seaside resort town in Brighton England, young Tony was introduced to the game early on. He grew up in a family of football aficionados who considered watching matches at the Goldstone Ground as huge family affairs. Plus, they were massive fans of the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club. This made it no surprise that Harry Bloom, infamous motor trader and hotelier and grandfather to Tony, was deputy-chair to the club during the decade. Even his uncle Ray was a director during the ‘80s. Simply put, the Blooms were supporters of both sport and club and they made sure to not just cheer them on but also support them in more ways than one.

Young Tony Bloom was no stranger to his family’s fascination as it was something he shared with them. He recalls seeing matches at the Goldstone Ground some of his most prized memories with his family.

After graduating at the University of Manchester with a mathematics degree, he proceeded to become an options trader at accounting firm Earnest & Young. He later on left the position to pursue his dreams in business and investments which proved fruitful as it helped him build his equity and wealth that he so enjoys to this day.

With such success, it helped him come back to his childhood love: football. He entered the Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. as an investor and stockholder in the year 2000. By May of 2009, he bought majority share and became its newest and current chairman.

Tony Bloom’s dreams for the club were just as massive as his love for it. In 1997, the Albions suffered from a huge loss after its home base, Goldstone Ground, was sold off in a futile attempt to pay off debts by Bill Archer and David Belloti. This left the club homeless for 12 years. But with its new chairman, history was changed with the construction of the £93 million American Express Community Stadium which opened in 2011 and sits a maximum of 30,750 people, a project which was personally funded in part and spearheaded by Tony himself.

What the Tony Bloom Charitable Trust is All About

tony-bloom-foundation-lindaWith its headquarters in London, the Tony Bloom Charitable Trust has been one of the frontrunners in fighting poverty across the United Kingdom, the rest of Europe and the developing countries of Asia and Africa.

Founded by Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club chairman and renowned business magnate and investor, the charity began in 2011 with five trustees: the couple Tony and Linda Bloom, Marcelle Lester, Adam Franks and Marc Sugarman.

Currently known as the “Tony Bloom Foundation”, it supports causes, projects and organizations that focus on the advancement of health, life preservation, education and training, livelihood and employment, disability assistance, food, water, safety, famine relief, overseas aide, economic and community development and other general and charitable purposes. This is done by creating advocacies and advice to spread awareness about the said issues and by supporting and offering grants to like institutions and projects.

The charity also gives special importance to efforts that focus on children, adolescents, victims of war and abuse and minority groups. This is clearly stated and manifested in its official charitable objects as follows: “The prevention or relief of poverty in developing countries by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training, healthcare projects and all the necessary support designed to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient. To promote and protect the physical and mental health of disabled and terminally ill children and soldiers disabled or made ill by conflict. Such charitable purposes for the public benefit as are exclusively charitable under the laws of England and Wales as the trustees may from time to time determine.”

Majority of the foundation’s resources come from voluntary pledges and donations with a percentage coming from the fruits of carefully chosen investments. As of March 31, 2015, the Bloom Foundation continues to be acknowledged as a registered charity in England and Wales by the UK government. It has reported a total of a £3.1 million worth of income from and investments and £1.9 million worth of spending on charitable activities, governance and investment management. This translates to spending of around 61% on charitable activities and 1% on governance and income generation (operational expenses). The remaining 38% was retained for future charitable grants and efforts.

Today, the Tony Bloom Foundation continues to fight and work for the same causes but with a more passionate drive and a bigger family to help them in their battle against poverty.

What You’d See in Tony Bloom’s Resume

tony-bloom-brightonIf we were to write Tony Bloom’s resume, it’ll probably take a considerable amount of time and not to mention papers. Known as the ultimate slashie, a term millenials would often use to denote someone with dual work or careers, Tony is a man of many things. But what exactly would one expect to see in his resume granted that he does write one today?

  1. Businessman – Following his graduation at the Manchester University with a degree in mathematics, Tony worked as an options trader for accounting firm Earnest and Young. Even then, he had always gravitated towards entrepreneurship finding himself considering investments here and there. Eventually, he jumped ship and gone into business from where much of his wealth thrives. In the year 2000, he became one of the Brighton and Hove Albion F.C.’s major investors and stockholders to both grow his portfolio and likewise nourish his love of the sport and the club.
  2. Philanthropist – More than just profits and business, Tony also works and strives for various causes. Two of his biggest philanthropic works would have to be the Bloom Foundation and the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis foundation. The former was established back in 2011 and aims to prevent and/or relieve poverty in Europe and the developing countries of Asia and Africa. It focuses on areas of education, livelihood, famine relief, community development and sustainable living. The latter was a joint effort spearheaded by his wife Linda to help patients with Multiple Sclerosis make better informed decisions and help improve their lifestyle and condition.
  3. Football Club Chairman – Tony Bloom’s association with the Brighton and Hove Albion F.C. started at a young age. He was born to the Blooms who were avid fans of the sport and the club both emotionally and financially. His grandfather Harry was vice-chair in the 1970s while his uncle Ray was part of the board during the 80s. As mentioned earlier, he became one of its investors in 2000 and by 2009, he bought out majority share and proceeded to succeed Harry Dick Knight as its chairman. He then spearheaded and helped financially construct the American Express Community Stadium (Amex), previously the Falmer Stadium, thus ending the club’s 12 year stint without a home. For good measure, he also helped build the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, a complete training facility for athletes. Both opened in 2011 and 2014 respectively.

Tony Bloom’s Charitable Causes

Brighton and Hove Albion F.C.’s current and esteemed chairman, tony-bloom-charitable-trustTony Bloom, has more to him than just his business and football accomplishments. The man has given quite a lot of time and attention to various charitable causes and endeavors two of which focus on poverty and multiple sclerosis.

In 2011, he built the then called “Tony Bloom Charitable Trust” and now the “Bloom Foundation” together with four other trustees: his wife Linda Bloom, Marc Sugarman, Adam Franks and Marcelle Lester.

The foundation supports activities, causes and organizations that support health, education and training, livelihood and employment, food, water, safety, famine relief, overseas aide and community development to name a few. Its main goal is to finally minimize if not eliminate poverty and its effects. In fact, its charitable objects state:

“The prevention or relief of poverty in developing countries by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training, healthcare projects and all the necessary support designed to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient. To promote and protect the physical and mental health of disabled and terminally ill children and soldiers disabled or made ill by conflict. Such charitable purposes for the public benefit as are exclusively charitable under the laws of England and Wales as the trustees may from time to time determine.”

Tony Bloom is likewise a supporter and trustee to another organization called OMS or the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Foundation which was set up by his wife Linda.

About fifteen or so years ago, Linda was diagnosed with the debilitating disease that left her unable to do so much as lift a pen or get up from a couch. Multiple Sclerosis is a condition that targets the central nervous system disrupting the flow of information between it and the other parts of the body causing a number of symptoms that are often associated with incapacity. To name some we have vision or blindness problems, muscle spasms, numbness, paralysis, vertigo, memory issues, depression, bladder and speaking troubles to name some.

OMS focuses on helping patients make informed decisions and change their lifestyles to better their condition and fight the symptoms and effects of MS, which up until this day has no definite cause or cure.

Tony Bloom has supported both the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and the Bloom Foundation for years now which made him earn the respect of many, football fanatic or not.

Ever Heard of the Name Tony Bloom

Does the name Tony Bloom ring a bell? If it does then we’re not surprised. This man has made quite a name for himself and not just in one category but three. Yes, you’ve read that right and if you want to get to know more about the man then we urge you to read on.

  • Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club

Born to a family of Blooms who were not only football fanatics but were also massive supporters of the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club aka Seagulls, Tony was raised to love the game, the sport and the club. His frequent trips to the Goldstone Ground to watch the matches with his family are proof of that.

During the 1970s, his grandpa Harry was vice-chairman to Mike Bamber during the Seagull’s historic rise from the old Third Division to the First Division of the Football League. His uncle Ray on the other hand became one of its directors during the 1980s.

In 2000, Tony himself became a major investor to the club. As its benefactor, he helped personally finance the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre and the American Express Community Stadium, the current home of the Seagulls.

By 2009, he became its chairman after having succeeded Harry Dick Knight who held the post since 1997.

In 2011, construction of the American Express Community Stadium was completed and its doors were opened to the public. This was also the case for the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre which opened in 2014.

  • Brighton’s Most Outstanding

Tony’s contributions to football and to the Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. were not left unnoticed. He has accomplished so much even before he sat as chairman. This prompted him to be voted and awarded with the Brightonian of the Year award in 2009.

  • Philanthropy and Charitable Works

As a means to battle poverty in developing countries like Asia and Africa, Tony together with his wife Linda and three other trustees Adam Franks, Marc Sugarman and Marcelle Lester founded the “Tony Bloom Charitable Trust”.

The foundation awards grants to various causes and organizations that battle the effects of poverty and help minimize its effects and ward off its causes. Among its charitable activities involve those that fall under training and education, employment, economic and community development, health advancement, health improvement, disability, overseas aid, famine relief and life saving efforts among others.

How Football and Tony Bloom Came to Be

tony bloom footballWhen we talk about sports, people would often denote individuals as athletes. But behind every successful team is more than just its coaches and players. In football for example, we have the team and the people behind the athletes. In the case of the Brighton & Hove Albion F.C., they have Tony Bloom, its esteemed chairman, a businessman, investor and well-known philanthropist.

It was only seven years ago when Anthony Grant ‘Tony’ Bloom sat as the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club’s chairman after succeeding Harry Dick Knight who held the post from 1997 to 2009. Known for his low profile as the club’s chairman, Tony may seem like somewhat timid in the field but the noise he has made was because he walked rather than talked.

Nine years before he even sat as its chairman, Tony was already an investor, stockholder and benefactor to the club. He has helped personally finance two of its major projects which until now have earned him the praises not only of Brightonians but also of aficionados of the sport.

In December of 2008, construction of the £93 million American Express Community Stadium, formerly the Falmer’s Stadium, began. This 30,750 sitting capacity structure is the home of the Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. It officially opened on the 31st of July in 2011.

Moreover, he further helped finance the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre which opened in 2014. This is a training center and ground for athletes, hopefuls, professionals and similar participants of the sport.

What’s interesting here is that Tony Bloom is already the third generation in his family to have served for the same causes of the sport. About forty years ago and in the same decade as his birth, Tony’s grandfather Harry Bloom who was an established hotel owner as well as a motor trader became vice-president of the Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. The following decade, his uncle Ray served as its director. Apparently, even the love and service for sports are hereditary!

Because of his contributions, among which the aforementioned constructions, he became the recipient of the “Outstanding Brightonian of the Year Award” in the same year that he was seated as the Seagulls’ chairman.

Apart from his football and entrepreneurial ventures, Tony Bloom also supports two causes namely the “Bloom Foundation” and the “Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis”, two charities that tackle significant issues today: poverty and health respectively.

Tony Bloom and His Wife’s Battle with Multiple Sclerosis

Tony BloomChairman to the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, property investor and businessman, Tony Bloom has fought several drawbacks and challenges in his career. One of the most noteworthy of them would have to be Multiple Sclerosis.

His Australian born wife Linda, to whom he has a seven year old son with, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) more than a decade ago. It is a degenerative neurological condition that affects the central nervous system (e.g. brain, optic nerves, spinal cord) and disrupts the information flow between the brain and the body and within the brain itself.

The immune system of a person with MS attacks the protective sheath called myelin that covers the nerve fibers. This is what causes the communication difficulty between the brain and the rest of the body. Over time, this deteriorates the nerves where they can become permanently damaged. Mild cases are characterized by numbness of the limbs and eyesight blurring among others while severe ones may result to blindness and paralysis. Its symptoms include dizziness, fatigue, vision problems, difficulties in balance, bladder issues, muscle stiffness, spasms, memory gap, troubles in speaking and emotional instability.

Furthermore, this disabling condition comes as relapses which are untimed with the frequency and intensity uncertain. It has no known cause nor is an exact cure discovered and is even considered to be rare with only 0.035% of the world population suffering from it. Treatments are however available but they are merely to deter the relapses and hopefully prolong the patient’s life.

Tony recalls of Linda’s initial months with Ms to be “tough and discouraging”. He remembers that she was “in such a bad way she could not get off the sofa and couldn’t even lift up a pen”. Thankfully and miraculously, she has managed to control and manage her condition through proper and healthy diet, meditation yoga, exercise and self-hypnosis.

It is because of this that Linda established the OMS Foundation which stands for ‘Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis”, something that her husband Tony ardently supports. In fact he has run two Brighton marathons, one in 2011 and the other in 2015, in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the cause. During his second race, he aimed to raise £100,000 for the said charity. The race takes place every April in Brighton and covers a total of 42.2 kilometers.

Tony Bloom himself has a charity of his own known as the Bloom Foundation whose main goal is to provide relief and solution to poverty in various developing countries focusing on education, food, water and safety.