Sir Stanley Matthews Coaching Foundation
Over £100,000 has been given out to applicants for the development of their sporting disciplines since 2005. The sporting emphasis has been across the spectrum. Sir Stan would have wished that youngsters should be encouraged to follow whichever discipline they wish to develop. As a result, the Foundation has covered a diverse range of sports including archery, athletics, canoeing, football, cricket, golf, martial arts, gymnastics, rugby and hockey.
Sir Stanley Matthews
Sir Stanley Matthews (1st February 1915 - 23rd February 2000) was an English footballer who was not only loved for his incredible skill at the game, but also for his gentlemanly attitude both on and off the pitch. The majority of Sir Stan's career was spent as a player for Stoke City. He was with the club from 1932-1947 and later from 1961-1965. He also played for Blackpool from 1947-1961. The Foundation retains a strong relationship with both clubs to this day.