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Want to change the world and make it a better place?  Fancy being a local hero?

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The Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation makes the world a better place through the power of sport.  Our focus is on empowering young people to use their gifts and abilities to transform their own communities and the world around them.  We are passionate about training, educating and inspiring young people to go out and make a difference.  Want to know more?  Click on the links below to find out what we do:

Local Heroes

People are at the heart of what we do.  Find out about our Local Hero project, what it does and how to apply.

Corporate Partnership

Want to make a big difference in your own community?  Find out how we can help.

Our Projects

The Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation works both home and away, helping young people across the world.

Our Values

Sir Stanley lived and played following his own code of conduct.  Find out how we try to follow in his footsteps.

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The Game

"Stanley Matthews taught us the way football should be played." - Pele

The story of Stanley Matthews is the stuff of dreams.  Signed as a 16 year old apprentice by his local team, Stan went on to become one of the most famous and beloved footballers on the planet.  The first winner of the Ballon D'Or, he dazzled fans wherever he went.  An England superstar before superstars even existed, he was simply the best player in the world.  Despite his fame, however, Stan never forgot where he came from or what it was like to dream big dreams.  After his retirement he moved into coaching, traveling across Europe, North America and Africa to teach children not only how to play football. but how to play with honour, respect and character.  The Foundation carries on today to keep his legacy alive.


Stan's story isn't over just yet....

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"Young people today, for all their awareness and sophistication with modern technical innovations, are still basically the same as youngsters in my day, no better, no worse. I am convinced that some people would benefit from taking up a sport, even a sociable kickabout with mates in the park. I've seen the value of youngsters playing football in just about every country in the world. That's why since my retirement as a player, I have traveled the globe preaching the gospel of football."

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