THE ENGLAND FOOTBALLERS FOUNDATION (EFF) WAS ESTABLISHED BY THE PLAYERS IN 2007 TO ENABLE THEM – AND FUTURE ENGLAND SQUADS – THE CHANCE TO COLLECTIVELY DONATE THEIR MATCH FEES AND TIME TO SUPPORT GOOD CAUSES.
As well as raising vital funds, the players give their time and use their profile to put smiles on faces, raise awareness of particular issues and promote positive change to help make a meaningful difference to the lives of others.
Activities undertaken by the players include appearances, awareness campaigns, fundraising events and retail partnerships.
Over the last seven years the England Footballers Foundation has proudly supported many charities close to the players’ hearts including Rays of Sunshine children’s charity, The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK, WellChild, Together for Short Lives, Cancer Research UK, Help for Heroes, The British Forces Foundation, The PFA’s charitable initiatives and Help Harry Help Others.
Most recently the England Footballers Foundation has teamed with Honeypot Children’s Charity to help break down the stigma of being a young carer and highlight the amount of responsibility that these children face on a daily basis.
In October 2014 the players announced a four year partnership with the world’s leading children’s organisation, UNICEF, with an ambition to help tackle malaria.
Due to disease, millions of children aren’t even able to reach their fifth birthday which is absolutely shocking. All the lads are really proud to be supporting Unicef’s Children in Danger campaign, to help keep more children safe from disease.”
England Captain Wayne Rooney
“The lads looked at many incredible charities but Honeypot really stood out because of the vital work they do to help vulnerable youngsters who often miss out on their own childhood. Honeypot provides breaks and support throughout the year which is so important.”
England Vice Captain Gary Cahill
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