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In July 2016, fifty years on from England winning the World Cup, the players announced that The Bobby Moore Fund (BMF) for Cancer Research UK would be the England Footballer’s Foundation (EFF) Anniversary Partner for 2016-17.

The partnership not only commemorates the 50th anniversary of Bobby leading England to victory in the World Cup in 1966 but will also form a key part of The EFF’s 10th year celebrations in 2017/18.

The England team will be helping to tackle bowel cancer by donating vital funds but importantly, raise awareness of the disease that claimed Bobby Moore’s life at the age of just 51.

Former England stars David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville, John Terry, Michael Owen and David James have joined forces with the current national squad to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the England Footballers Foundation and support the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK and their ‘Moore To Know’ campaign.

Wayne Rooney says: “We hope that this campaign can have a real impact and raise awareness of this disease which takes 44 lives every day. We urge people to find out about how to help prevent the disease and help spot it early by visiting the Bobby Moore Fund website.”


The EFF has partnered with The Supporters Club to donate £250,000 to OnSide Youth Zones, a charity that runs modern youth clubs across the country in under-privileged areas. OnSide will use the money to deliver a sports employability project for around 400 young people aged between 13 and 21 in the four Youth Zones.

Members of the four Youth Zones will have the opportunity to take part in an eight-week course and gain either a Level 1 Coaching Award or a Sports Leadership Qualification awarded by Sports Leaders UK. They will be able to make use of state-of-the art facilities.

The initiative is called E3 ‘Enable, Educate, Empower’ and aims to give youngsters the opportunity to progress into employment, education or training in order to pursue careers in sport.

England Defender Gary Cahill commented: “It’s important in our tenth year that the EFF continues to give something back to young people. The OnSide Youth Zones are a great way of doing this and the whole squad is behind the initiative.”


The England Footballers Foundation has teamed up with the world’s leading childrens organisation, UNICEF, in a four year partnership that will help tackle malaria; a disease that still claims the life of a child every two minutes.

The players will be using their global status and appeal to raise funds and awareness, both at home and around the world, about the danger of Malaria and the benefits of sleeping under a mosquito net.

In Africa, malaria is one of the leading causes of death of children under five and globally it is the third single biggest killer of children.  The poorest most vulnerable children are in the greatest danger, but sleeping under a mosquito net can offer them life-saving protection.

To launch the partnership England captain Wayne Rooney, along with goalkeeper Joe Hart, defender Gary Cahill and midfielder Jack Wilshere feature in a series of striking campaign images. England captain, Wayne Rooney said: ‘It’s unbelievable that every ninety minutes ­the time it takes to play a football match ­45 children will lose their lives to malaria. As captain of the England football team I am hugely proud that we are able to help Unicef in its goal of protecting every child in danger from this disease.’