Location and general information

En cours
Location Cabreùva, Brazil
Start date 03/01/2021
End date 03/01/2022
Cost of the project €271,950
Foundation funding €177,950
Project identifier 20200768
Partners Cruyff Foundation
Categories Access to Sport - Infrastructure and equipment - Personal development


The community of Novo Bonfim in Cabreúva, Brazil is the most vulnerable in the region. Children and young people are affected by high levels of poverty, teen pregnancy, drug abuse and drug trade. There are no safe public sports facilities in the community for children.

Project content

The Cruyff Foundation will build a Cruyff Court for this community to give children a safe space to play football and other sports. It will be built next to the school cluster, including a high school, primary school and daycare centre. The Cruyff Foundation’s local partner, the Instituto Plataforma Brasil (IPB), will run daily football sessions based on the 14 rules of Johan Cruyff.


  • Use the Cruyff Foundation’s 20 years’ experience developing sports projects for children and the IPB’s 10 years’ experience running activities on a Cruyff Court in São Paolo to create a great facility for the children
  • Have expert IPB coaches running daily sessions and making sure the space stays safe
  • Educate local teachers and coaches in the philosophy and vision of the Cruyff Foundation
  • Engage local youth in the activities, making them role models for their peers and next generations

Project activities

  • Daily football sessions by the IPB’s professional coaches
  • Three-day coach course provided by the Cruyff Foundation
  • The young people (‘heroes’) will organise at least one big event per year through a two-month project helping them develop skills and act as role models
  • School PE classes on the Cruyff Court
  • (Virtual) exchange between Cruyff Courts in Brazil
  • Community events involving the local community/parents

Expected results

  • One safe place for children to play
  • 15-20 coaches trained as Cruyff Foundation coaches
  • 300 children per week engaged in football sessions on the Cruyff Court – more than 4,000 children over a five to ten-year period
  • 1,250 children from the schools also using the Cruyff Court
  • 30% of participants are girls


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