Another season of dreams come true for children
The UEFA Foundation for Children is proud to have been able to make children's dreams come true again for yet another year
This past year provided more opportunities for making children’s wishes come true. Every year the UEFA Foundation for Children strives to help children who have suffered accidents or illnesses to fulfil their dreams of attending a match and meeting their favourite players.
Since its establishment in 2015, the foundation has been working hand in hand with Etoile Filante/Sternschnuppe in Switzerland and Association Rêves in France to make dreams happen. For many children with ailments or handicaps, even just attending a match can be very challenging. We enable them to attend with their carers in an adapted environment. Add to that the opportunity to meet their favourite players or team, and it really is a dream come true!
Here is an overview of the wonderful opportunities these children were able to experience in 2018/19.
UEFA Europa League
Joel, aged 10, met Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from FC Arsenal.
Gabriel, aged 12, met David Luiz from Chelsea FC.
UEFA Champion’s League
Mohamed, aged 11, met Mohamed Salah from FC Liverpool.
Ciaran, aged 11, met Lewandowski, Boateng and Hummels from FC Bayern.
Noah, aged 11, met Robert Lewandowski from FC Bayern.
Alan, aged 7, was able to see Juventus play, met some players, and received a shirt and signed ball.
Luca, aged 17, and Erjan aged 14 got to meet and have their shirts signed by the players of Real Madrid and Ajax.
Mylann, aged 10, met Paul Pogba from Manchester United.
Mohames, aged 9, met Messi from FC Barcelona.
Yanis, aged 7, met all FC Barcelona players.
Seven children aged between 14 and 17 from the Association Air Pur et Soleil in France travelled to Madrid to attend the Champion’s League final, as did a group of youngsters from the Sport dans la Ville association.
UEFA Nation’s League final
Achraf (17), Hugo (8) and Thomas (12) met Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus.
Benoît aged 15, Djamel aged 9 and Younes aged 11 got to meet Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus.