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Our Projects -

The Focus of our Efforts

When Sir Stanley Matthews retired from playing football he had a brief spell in management at Port Vale F.C. but his real passion was coaching children and young people in the skills of the game.  He travelled extensively, working in Europe and North America but also visiting countries where he knew he could make a much bigger difference.  He coached in places like Uganda and Ghana but perhaps most famously in Soweto in South Africa at the height of the apartheid regime, where his efforts and determination to break down barriers and fight prejudice resulted in his ban from the country.  It was a price he felt worth paying.

The Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation has been established to carry on his legacy.  We have projects in the U.K., teaching the skills of the game to a new generation of players, but we also have a heart for those who haven't had an easy journey through life, for whatever reason.  We work with former child soldiers in Uganda, refugees in Malaysia and  girls who have been rescued from traffickers in India.  We work with children with acquired brain injury, providing tailored sports sessions to help with their rehabilitation.  You can find out more about our individual projects by following the links below but we'd like to do a lot more.  If you feel you can help us out and get involved with our work, please contact us.  Football is a team game and we'd love to hear from you!

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Pro-Club Partnerships

We work with a number of professional clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur and Yorkshire Cricket, developing programmes to train and employ  sports coaches and to benefit the whole community.

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Inclusion Projects

We believe that everyone should get the chance to take part in sport, whatever their circumstances.  We have built great partnerships across the U.K. to ensure that the most vulnerable in society can play the sport they love in a safe and encouraging environment.


Community Projects

We have projects here in the U.K. and across the globe where we build bespoke training programmes to benefit young people and their communities.

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