45 new projects receive support from the UEFA Foundation for Children

The foundation reiterates its commitment to safeguarding children’s rights around the world.

The UEFA Foundation for Children’s board of trustees, under the chairmanship of the UEFA president, Aleksander Čeferin, met at the House of European Football in Nyon on 29 November. One of the most anticipated topics on the agenda was the selection of new projects. Many non-profit organisations that share the foundation’s values responded to the call for projects issued in the summer and submitted projects promoting access to sport, health, education, personal development and/or the integration of minorities.

This year, UEFA has increased its budget to the foundation, allowing €3,838,504 to be allocated to new projects.

Many worthy applications were received. The members of the board of trustees agreed in advance that half of the amount available would be allocated to projects in Europe and the other half to projects elsewhere in the world.

To fulfil its objective of helping children and safeguarding their rights, the board of trustees selected the following 45 projects:


AMANDLA Kick it – but fair!: realising potentials through sport and education Germany
Oltalom Sport Association Chance for all – Let them score Hungary
Newcastle United Foundation Active Lives UK
Everton in the Community Disability sport and integration: focusing on mental illness Netherlands
Giovanni van Bronckhorst foundation Access to sport is a right Netherlands
Step Up Orphan Opportunity centre Football for Orphans in Belskoye Ustye Russia
Ayuda en Acción Paths to equity through sport Spain
Play For Change Play for Change Sport Center Italy
Shaktar Social, charity organisation Come On, Let’s Play! Ukraine
EFDN – European Football Development Network Scoring for Health Belgium, Israel, Netherland, Poland,Ukraine, UK
WAU ry Well-being through sport Finland
Genesis Project Genesis Football for Peace Academy Bosnia
PluSport Sport Handicap Suisse Goal Plus: football for children with disabilities Switzerland
Klitschko Foundation Success Packages: sport development in schools Ukraine
Actionaid Hellas Rise: grow stronger Greece
Terre des Hommes Italy Recreational and extracurricular activities through education Israel
Red Deporte y Cooperación Youth empowerment through football Spain
Kicken ohne Grenzen Kicken ohne Grenzen: football for social integration Austria
Royal Europa 90 Kraainem Football Club We Welcome Young Refugees Belgium
Joint project with FedEx Care Youth employability programme Hungary, Ireland, Romania, UK
Sport dans la Ville Job dans la ville: from sport to employment France
Kick it Out Game Changers UK
Oceanian Football Confederation Just Play Programme Pacific Islands
Grootbos Green Futures Foundation Girl power South Africa
IMBEWU BOPHELO KE KGWELE (‘The game, the life!’) South Africa
Futebol da Força fundação Mutola Cup: women’s football competition Mozambique
Plan International UK Information and education for girls through football Tanzania
Kick4Life Health prevention through football Lesotho
streetfootballworld GmbH Girls protection: tackling HIV/AIDS and FGM Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast
SIMAVI No Water Polo: gender equity through sport Malawi
MYSA Kenya Giving youth and peace a sporting chance on and off the field Kenya
Right to Play Tusobola: improving quality education through sport and play Uganda
Oscar Foundation Education with a Kick India
Planète Enfants et Développement Schooling of Chepang’s girls Nepal
Action For Development Street children back to school Afghanistan
AFRANE – Amitié franco-afghane Support to the Afghan school system Afghanistan
Indochina Starfish Foundation Football for Social Change Cambodia
Sacred Sports Foundation Inc. Math Attack: after-school academic support Sainte Lucia
Fight For Peace International Unity and Peace: peace-building programme Jamaica
Inter Futura srl Unique Share Holder Inter Campus: sport and educational activities centre for children with risk behaviours Venezuela
Fabretto Children Foundation Play to Learn Nicaragua
Swiss Academy For Development Children on the Move: football to support migrant children Uganda
CCPA (Cross Cultures Project Association) Open Fun Football Schools: playing for water South Sudan
Baan Dek Foundation Football4good Thailand
AFDP (Asian Football Development Programme) Kick for Hope Jordan

“It has been great pleasure to be able to participate in the selection of the projects” said Fiona May, member of the board of trustees. “It wasn’t an easy task to evaluate all the projects but hopefully we can reach and help as many children around the world to give them opportunities as well as education thanks to sport.”