• 18-MAY-2018

Winners of 2018 UEFA Foundation for Children Awards Announced

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Awards go to 20 European organisations supporting disadvantaged children

On 16 May, the Board of Trustees of the UEFA Foundation for Children met in Lyon at the offices of Sport dans la Ville – an organisation that uses sport to help young people to integrate into society – under the stewardship of its chairman, Aleksander Čeferin.

The agenda for that meeting included a number of important items of business, such as the 2018 UEFA Foundation for Children Awards and the approval of the projects to be supported using the proceeds from the recent Match for Solidarity, which took place in Geneva on 21 April and was jointly organised by UEFA and the United Nations.

As regards administrative business, the chairman of The Football Association, Greg Clarke, was voted onto the Board of Trustees, bringing the total number of members to 11. The Board of Trustees also took note of the impending departure of the foundation’s secretary general, Pascal Torres, who will be replaced by Urs Kluser.

2018 UEFA Foundation for Children Awards
In January, UEFA’s 55 member associations were again asked to nominate a charity partner that was involved in activities benefiting children – a repeat of last year’s initiative aimed at placing Europe’s national associations at the heart of the decision-making process as regards these awards. The eligibility criteria for this year’s awards were as follows:

  • Nominees had to be based in one of UEFA’s member countries.
  • They had to comply with the Ethics Code of the UEFA Foundation for Children.
  • They had to be registered with the relevant national authorities and comply with all legal and financial obligations.
  • Their activities had to be aimed at helping disadvantaged children.
  • Priority would be given to national associations whose charity partners had not received an award in 2017.

Each award-winner would receive a grant of at least €50,000.

A total of 22 national associations submitted nominations, ten of which had not nominated anyone last year. Only two nominees were rejected on account of a failure to satisfy the above criteria. The Board of Trustees decided to divide the total amount of funding available – €1m – equally between the remaining nominees, with the 20 organisations below each receiving a €50,000 grant:

National associationRecipient organisation
Football Federation of ArmeniaGrant Life
Austrian Football AssociationHelga Keil-Bastendorff Stiftung
Royal Belgian Football AssociationBX Brussels
Croatian Football FederationPogled Autism Association
Cyprus Football AssociationGoal in Life
Football Association of the Czech RepublicSpecial Olympics Czech Republic
Estonian Football AssociationSPIN
French Football FederationFondaction du Football
German Football AssociationAMPU KIDS – a project by Ampu Vita e.V.
Israel Football AssociationThe Israel Sport and Education Initiative
Football Federation of KosovoKosovar Youth Council
Liechtenstein Football AssociationFootball is More
Lithuanian Football FederationVilnius Social Club
Football Federation of FYR MacedoniaSOS Children’s Village Macedonia
Polish Football AssociationAmputees Futbol
Football Association of IrelandIrish Society for Autism
Romanian Football FederationPolicy Center for Roma and Minorities
Football Association of SloveniaDebeli Rtič Youth Health and Summer Resort
Swedish Football AssociationLennart Johansson Foundation
Swiss Football AssociationVerein Raumfang

2018 call for projects
This year, applicants should submit details of their projects between mid-August and mid September. The selection criteria will be set out in the application form.
The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is set to take place on end of 2018 to announce the selected of the new projects.