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FIFA Foundation and Its Most important Programmes

FIFA Foundation started in March 2018 and is currently headquartered in Zurich. Its goal is to help in promoting social change throughout the world. More specifically, it aims to raise awareness and support for the reconstruction of damaged sports infrastructure in different parts of the world.

The foundation is in infancy, and yet it already launched at least 93 social projects to date.

The FIFA Foundation Board, which was currently headed by Yuri Djorkaeff, a former French international, oversees the activities of the foundation.

FIFA Foundation programmes

1) Community programme

The foundation primarily supports organisations that utilise the sport as its main tool for social change. This is more so if the goal is to improve the lives of the underprivileged children and their families.

Every year, the foundation invites non-profit organisations to apply for grants that it can use to further their causes. Such causes and advocacies may include but are not limited to education, health, leadership, and gender equality, among others.

2) Recovery programme

FIFA Foundation also provides support to communities struck by natural disasters or any unforeseen events in the form of mobilisation and emergency funding. 

This is particularly applicable for the recovery of the damaged or destroyed sporting infrastructure. 

3) Festival

In 2018, the festival was conducted in Red Square in Moscow where young representatives from 48 non-profit organisations from 38 countries were brought to the FIFA World Cup. The more than 300 participants exchanged, learned, and played football, celebrating the transformative power of football.

Speaking of learning, the event kicked off with its own Young Leaders’ Skills Development Programme. It is a three-day event where the young leaders from each delegation engaged in exchange and skills development. They trained as mediators, mentors, and communicators.

With this said, the festival was a great display of how football can empower the youth. Indeed, it can bring social changes to anywhere these are needed.

With a tagline of Equality, Teamwork, and Fair Play, the FIFA Foundation Festival 2018 also included a football tournament and awarding ceremony. 

The tournament was the highlight of the festival where 24 mixed-gender teams with eight players each were formed to battle one another. The competition took place at Olympiets.

4) Football for girls

This has been the foundation’s signature project – the football for girls in the Middle East.

Young girls experience gender and race-based barriers and breaking down such barriers means giving them equal opportunities. The foundation allows the girls to participate, forging a bright future for them in the process.

This alone empowers young girls and women in the Middle East as well as the communities where they live. Participation is historically limited in these areas because of both cultural and religious barriers. 

5) Legends as ambassadors

FIFA legends are part of the board. They also contribute to making the football dreams of the youth come true.

Their goal is to give back as ambassadors of both the foundation and its projects. They also commit to the projects and programmes, travelling to target areas where their presence is needed.

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7 Most Charitable Football Players Worldwide

If you want to know who is the most charitable football player, you’re in the right place.

Here are the names that every football fan needs to know.

Most generous football players

1) David Beckham

Beckham is one of the greatest and most generous football players. He once worked with the UNICEF and Help for Heroes. He also founded Malaria No More, along with other prominent footballers in the world. 

On top of these charitable endeavours, he started the Victoria and David Beckham Charitable Trust with his equally famous wife, Victoria. The trust provides financial assistance to underprivileged children and disabled persons. They also help charities in need.

2) Lionel Messi

Messi is a UNICEF ambassador for several years now, since 2010. He chose to work on projects that directly uplift the welfare of disabled children. He also contributed significantly to one of its education-related programmes in Nepal, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. 

Messi also provided financial assistance to community projects in Argentina. He also paid for the reconstruction of a hospital in his hometown.

He started the Leo Messi Foundation. The trust primarily engages in establishing medical and football centres in Argentina, Spain, and other countries.

3) Nwankwo Kanu

Kanu started the Kanu Heart Foundation in his homeland Nigeria. He wants to make sure that children needing surgery, particularly those who are suffering from cardiac ailments, receive assistance when they need it.

The foundation was founded in 2000 and has already assisted more than 500 children who underwent open-heart surgeries.

4) Mesut Ozil

Ozil gave his prize money to various charities after winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He gave a total of £237,000 to pay for the medical costs of children who underwent life-saving procedures. 

He did the same thing in 2017 when he worked with My Shining Star programme, which caters to the needs of children with cancer. One of the child beneficiaries became his guest at a football match. 

5) Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo has a generous heart also. He raised €1.5 million in 2012 by auctioning off his Golden Boots award. The money went to building a school on the Gaza Strip.

He is also involved in fundraising event hosted by Save the Children, raising money to assist in earthquake reliefs in Nepal in 2015. 

6) Hector Bellerin

Bellerin has already donated big sums of money to various advocacies. He did so by auctioning off his football boots. 

In 2018, he donated £19,050 to the British Red Cross. It was a challenge wherein he pledged to donate $50 for each minute he played in the Under 21 European Championships. He played for a total of 381 minutes.

7) Didier Drogba

Drogba started his own foundation, which is one of the most active foundations in South Africa. The foundation partners with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in promoting charitable causes in the region.

One of the greatest accomplishments of Drogba, however, is bringing peace in Ivory Coast, his home country. When the country qualified for the World Cup in 2006, the team used it as a platform to make a public plea to stop the civil war in the country. 

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10 Most Generous Football Clubs in Europe

Football is a gift that keeps on giving. And quite literally.

There are almost a thousand clubs in 29 countries across Europe. 

Here are ten of the most charitable football clubs in Europe.

1) Chelsea FC Foundation (£7.5 million)

The foundation is considered the most generous in entire Europe. Part of the well-remembered programmes is the high profile partnership with Plan International, a charity helping children in need. The foundation also organised a player meetup involving 70 families with seriously ill children.

2) Charlton South of England Foundation (£5.5 million)

The foundation has several outstanding projects including “Up & At ‘Em.” It is a mental health project directed at people 65 years and above. The project has won national awards such as the Older Adult Functional Mental Health Services and the Positive Practice Older People’s Mental Health & Dementia Awards.

3) Norwich City Community Sports Foundation £4.5 million)

The most important undertaking of the foundation is the creation of “The Nest.” It is a 22-acre site which is currently under construction; it’s already on its second phase. Soon, it will become the base for programmes like “Street Life Soccer” and “Disability Player Development Centre.” These programmes are designed explicitly for vulnerable and disabled adults, respectively.

4) Manchester United Foundation (£4.3 million)

The foundation is not just providing other organisations with a platform to further their causes through their social media presence. Instead, the digital channels also allowed the foundation to create a global profile where quality programmes are based. Two of its most significant projects are “Eat Well with Machester United” and “Move with Manchester United.” The programmes target children, educating them on the importance of health and exercise.

5) Everton in the Community (£3.5 million)

Historically known as a community-focused club, Everton’s most recent campaign was called “Home Is Where the Heart Is.” The campaign focused on at-risk young people in local areas, helping them recover from atrocities.

6) Newcastle United Foundation (£3.47 million)

The foundation partners with the Great North Children’s Hospital, particularly the paediatric ward. One of its most recent events is the building LEGO model activity, conducted with the help of a LEGO artist. The children helped in creating a St. James’ Park set. 

7) Tottenham Hotspur Foundation (£3.44 million)

The foundation has a different take on sustainability through job creation for the locals. When the new stadium was unveiled, it was able to provide 3,500 new jobs. That’s in addition to 2.800 jobs in retail, education, IT, security, hospitality, and construction industries that the foundation helped to fill. Not just filling up vacancies, though, because the foundation also provided skills programmes and apprenticeships. 

8) West Ham United Foundation (£3.2 million)

Of all its programmes, the most significant to date is the Lycamobile Cup, a youth football tournament. The tournament, which is in its seventh-year run, aims to bridge the conflicts between two boroughs through sports. 

9) Brighton Albion in the Community (£3 million)

The trust most important project this year is the “Speak Up Against Cancer” initiative. It includes public awareness about life-saving information about cancers. The project was able to engage over 17,000 people. 

10) Manchester City FC City in the Community Foundation (£2.9 million)

The foundation spends mostly on supporting women’s participation in football. Its one of the pioneering programmes is called The Women and Girls Football Project. The project aims to increase girls and women’s participation in sports, increasing their levels of physical activities. 

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In this season of giving and caring, which football clubs would you want to be more active in charitable undertakings? We’ll wait for your answers.