Cardiff City FC Community Foundation has been awarded funding by the UEFA Foundation to help children from disadvantaged communities across South Wales through the power of football.


€45,500 has been awarded to the Foundation thanks to the Football Association of Wales Trust, who were asked to nominate an organisation that makes a positive difference to people’s lives through the power of the beautiful game.


The Cardiff City FC Community Foundation is the only football for social good charity in Wales to receive the funding, which will support projects that help children in areas of high deprivation to achieve their full potential. The Foundation offers a range of programmes that inspire education, improve health and wellbeing and build safer communities. 


Gavin Hawkey, Foundation Director said: "We’re delighted to receive this award from the UEFA Foundation for Children. This funding will enable us to support more people in South Wales to achieve their full potential by providing football and education opportunities for disadvantaged children."


Over the past 10 years, the Bluebirds Charity has worked with over 230,000 individuals and invested over £10million into sport and education programmes. Projects such as Bluebirds Ability uses sport as a tool to encourage physical health and activity, social interaction and improve confidence.


Urs Kluser, UEFA Foundation for Children's General Secretary said: "We are very pleased to use the UEFA Foundation for Children awards to support great European charity organisations put forward by our member associations. We have awarded grants to 22 organisations that help vulnerable children live a better life. A total of €3 million has been granted over the last three years."

Rob Franklin, who nominated the Bluebirds Charity on behalf of the FAW Trust, said: "We are thrilled that Cardiff City FC Foundation has been recognised for the exceptional work they do across the communities of South Wales. We hope this funding will help enable the Foundation to continue and expand their good work engaging with more children and communities, and supporting the development of football for social good."


Read the full statement from the UEFA Foundation, here.