The UEFA Foundation for Children was established on the initiative of the former UEFA President, Michel Platini, reflecting UEFA’s desire to play a more active role in society.
For years, the governing body of European football has been supporting initiatives and programmes that help children in difficult circumstances, working with numerous different partners to develop projects across Europe and beyond.
Keen to step up its activities and target them appropriately, UEFA decided to establish an independent foundation that uses sport to support humanitarian projects linked to children’s rights in areas such as health, education and integration. On 26 March 2014, at the 38th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Astana, Michel Platini stressed UEFA’s desire to enable more people to benefit from football’s role in society.
With the support of the UEFA Executive Committee and the approval of UEFA’s member associations at that Congress, he declared:
This foundation will help us – help you – to preserve the magic of football and give hope to those children who need it most. This is a great project – a truly great project – and a cause that is particularly close to my heart.
The foundation aims to help children and safeguard their rights. Sport, and football in particular, can provide support in the areas of health and children’s education, as well as promoting access to sporting activity, facilitating children’s personal development and fostering the integration of minorities.
The foundation, which is a public body governed by Swiss law, was formally established and began operating the 24th of April 2015.
UEFA, founding institution of the Foundation, continued to support all our activities and to mobilise its partners.
As a result, a number of partners contributed to projects supported by the UEFA Foundation for Children: