AFDP Global joins forces with major sport and charity partners


AFDP Global’s work to unite and transform communities through football has stepped up a gear with the announcement of four major partnerships.

At a launch event at London’s world-famous Emirates Stadium earlier this month, our CEO JF Cecillon outlined our initial tranche of exciting collaborations, which draw on the expertise, credibility and prestige of some of the leading names in the worlds of sport and charity.

The initial tranche of partnerships are:

  • War Child Football Club, a new programme devised by War Child UK, the charity for children affected by conflict. The programme aims to combine football with psychosocial support and life skills interventions to help equip children and young people with the skills needed to rebuild their futures. Its aim is to help reintegrate former child soldiers, bring together refugee and host communities, and give children the freedom to play.

War Child plans to launch War Child FC across seven countries over the next three years, some with the support of AFDP Global.

  • The expansion of the cooperation on a wider scale with UEFA Foundation For Children, which uses sport to encourage improvements in areas of health and children’s education, and promotes access to sporting activity. The partnership will initially continue to deliver football programmes and provide safe spaces for Syrian refugees in Northern Jordan.
  • The globalisation of the collaboration with streetfootballworld (sfw), a leading global NGO that harnesses the power of football to tackle social challenges.
  • The activation of the partnership with La Liga, which has recently launched a programme that gives coaches living in refugee camps access to high-level football training.

Everyone at AFDP Global is excited about these collaborations and the role they will play in helping to unlock the power of football to change lives. We look forward to sharing more news soon about how these partnerships will help us serve more children in various disadvantaged communities worldwide – stay tuned!