42 new UEFA Foundation for Children projects

The foundation is expanding its activities in support of vulnerable children around the world

On Wednesday 20 November, the UEFA Foundation for Children’s board of trustees, chaired by the UEFA president, Aleksander Čeferin, met at the House of European Football in Nyon.

One of top items on the agenda was the approval of new projects to be supported by the foundation. The portfolio of projects supported by the UEFA Foundation for Children has grown steadily since it was established in 2015.

On the basis of both the foundation’s basic mandate and overarching strategy and the demands and realities of the world around us, the foundation reinforce its actions in promoting  employment through sport, support victims of conflict, and support general development programmes through access to sport, in particular football, in the areas of health, education, personal development and the integration of minorities.

The board of trustees decided at their November meeting how to allocate the foundation’s 2019/20 budget of €4,764,608, with a view to strengthening the foundation’s capacity to act across the globe.

Bearing in mind that half of the foundation’s budget is earmarked for projects in Europe and the other half for projects in other continents, the board allocated the 2019/20 budget to:

  • 42 new projects;
  • foundation projects associated with UEFA EURO 2020;
  • five new pitch constructions, in partnership with Lay’s.

The following 42 new projects will benefit from financial support from the foundation:

Partners Project name Continent/country
Asociata Luncsoara Bihorului Sportfield for children and youngsters Romania
Associacao de Futebol de Bragança Street football move Portugal
Bel endroit pour une rencontre Raconte moi un match France
Edwin van der Sar Foundation Child and parent day Netherlands
European Football for Development Network Welcome through football UK, Ukraine, Cyprus, Germany, Portugal, Netherland
FC Barcelona Foundation Sport based employability for unaccompanied minors Southern Spain, Greece (Athens, Lesbos), Italy (Sicily)
Fondation arménienne pour le développement durable Génération Sport Armenia
Fundacion Real Madrid Real Madrid foundation social sports schools in Europe UK, Portugal, Bulgaria, Romania
Hawar help e.V Scoring girls Germany
INEX Football for development in Czech Republic Czech Republic
Katamon Moadon Ohadim Neighborhood League HKJFC Israel
Kicken ohne grenzen Kicken ohne grenzen Austria
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Health Goals Liverpool UK
Mentor Management-Entwicklung-Organisation GmbH & Co Goals for future Austria
National Paralympic committee of Kazakhstan Blind football pitch construction Kazakhstan
Newcastle United Foundation Active Lives UK
Save the Children Score for education Albania
Streetfootballworld Play Proud Europe mainly + worldwide
The Scottish Football Partnership Trust GoFitba project Scotland
World at Play Sport and Play for social integration of refugee children within local communities Bulgaria
Klitschko Foundation Success Package Ukraine
CCPA Open fun football school - playing for peace South Sudan
Busajo Onlus Sport as education and promotion of equal opportunities for street girls in Sodo Ethiopia
Inter Futura srl African Black'n Blue: kids resiliencydevelopment through education and football Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Uganda
Street Child Excercising change in Palabek refugee settlement Uganda
Georges Malaika Foundation Future leaders of Kalebuka Democratic Republique of Congo (DRC)
Power for the People Remba Island education health and nutrition project Kenya
Samusocial International Carton rouge à l'exclusion Burkina Faso
International organisation for migration Sport for inclusion: football against racism Tunisia and Maghreb
International Trade Centre Kick for trade Guinea, Gambia
Jesuit Refugee Service Iraq A safe space for displaced Yazidi youth Iraq
Blue Dragon Children's Foundation New Futures through sport Vietnam
Spirit of Soccer Mine risk education in Cambodia Cambodia
CIELO - Cooperation Internationale pour les équilibres locaux Le jeu en vaut la chandelle Sri Lanka
The Arsenal Foundation Coaching for life India
AFDP Global Kick for hope Jordan
Just Play Just Play Programme Cook Island, Fiji, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Island, Tonga, Vanuatu, New Zealand, American Samoa, Kiribati, Samoa, Tuvalu
Starfinder foundation Senior leaders USA
Women Win La Nuestra Football Club Argentina
Plan International Belgique A goal for gender equality Bolivia
Fabretto children's foundation Play to learn 2 Nicaragua
Fundacion del Empresariado Chihuahuense A.C Afterschool program for underserved communities in Chihuahua border state Mexico

Once again, the number and range of project proposals received by the UEFA Foundation –to foster education, development, inclusion and empowerment – proves how much football inspires and offers hope.  The foundation is proud to support these associations and to see how much the beautiful game brings us together, carries us, saves us sometimes and, above all, unites us, ever expanding our horizons.

- Nathalie Iannetta, Board of trustee member

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Just Play Festival, Nuku'alofa, Tonga, Saturday 29th August 2015. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / www.phototek.nz