A whirlwind few weeks for AFDP Global

It’s been another whirlwind few weeks for all of us at AFDP Global with special visitors, important networking events and no shortage of opportunities.

Last month, we were delighted to welcome students from the Global Institute of Sports Business in India who were on an international study trip to learn more about the business of football. They spent time with our founder HRH Prince Ali, CEO JF Cecillon, CFO Marion Vayson de Pradenne and Advisory Board member Amanda Vandervort discussing their own personal reasons for joining the AFDP Global team, how we are looking to develop the organisation and how the sport is being used as a force for social change.

Students from GISB India spend time with HRH Prince Ali, JF and Marion


Our team attended the Impact Investing World Forum in London, one of the leading social impact investment events. This was highly relevant for us and an opportunity to learn about some of the latest thinking on topics including the future of philanthropy and new trends in impact investing.

At the Impact Investing Forum in London


AFDP Global is constantly meeting with inspirational football projects and this month it was Girls United FA, the social enterprise that uses football as a means to empower girls on and off the pitch. More than 200 players have already participated in Girls United programmes and it was great to discuss the organisation’s projects, opportunities for us to work together and how we ensure long term and sustainable impact through everything we do.

JF and Marion with Romina Calatayud, founder of Girls Utd


Lastly, we were very pleased that AFDP Global was able to be part of the first Cricket World Cup for street children, organised by Street Child United and held ahead of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales. The event brought together street children from around the world to play in their own international cricket tournament to tackle the widespread stigma and negative treatment they face – another powerful example of how sport can be a force for advocacy and positive change.

Attending the first Cricket World Cup for street children, another example of sport as a force for positive change