Cardiff City FC Foundation is an independent charity, incorporated in 2009, which uses the power of sport and education to change lives. With the generous support of our partners, Cardiff City Football Club, we inspire people to be more active, healthy, included and knowledgeable.
During the 2014/2015 Academic Year, the Foundation engaged with over 30,000 unique participants, dedicating 464 hours of delivery each week, across South Wales. Our innovative projects are based on four key themes; education, health, inclusion and sports participation. Take a look at our previous Annual Reports.
Click here to view the Foundation’s 2015/16 Annual Report.
Our Social Inclusion team delivers a wide range of youth engagement projects targeting individuals with diverse backgrounds. We provide health, employability and engagement programmes that encourage the use of sports or the arts as a vehicle for personal development, as well as enrichment sessions for Pupil Referral Units and young offenders.
The Foundation provides an education pathway from our “Strikers” engagement programme to a Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching & Development. Take a look at our Education Prospectus.
Our education programmes also include a BTEC Level 1 & 2 in Sport, and a Level 3 Extended Diploma qualification in Sport (Performance & Excellence), with many study units being completed during the practical sessions that involve up to 5 hours of weekly training. Students will access a fitness programme whilst studying a BTEC Level 2, where Level 3 students will access a training programme in Futsal or 11-a side football, whilst competing the EFT Futsal Trust League and the Football Performance Centre League.
Raising awareness of common health issues and providing new ways to keep active is fundamental in our quest to support local communities. The Foundation run health days supported by many local & national health bodies including Specsavers, Active Cardiff, Stop Smoking Wales and Public Health Screening to help encourage people to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Adults with mental health issues can also get active and enjoy themselves while building their confidence on a weekly basis, whilst initiatives such as walking football aim to reintroduce players to the beautiful game.
The Foundation’s diverse approach to inspiring young people to get into sport is evident through our multi-sport offering of football, tennis, hockey, cricket, netball, table tennis and athletics with 15,000 primary school children engaged in 2014/15. We have recently seen a dramatic increase of females involved in football with staggering 32.5% of the Foundation’s 30,854 participants now female thanks to the daily Women & Girls provision.
Our five Disability Impairment teams provide excellent opportunities for senior and junior participants on a weekly basis. Owen Thompson joined the Learning Disability team at the Foundation over 6 years ago and has witnessed the numbers at each session double.
Our financial performance and evidence of growth is freely available via the Charity Commission.
We are a proud signatory to the Voluntary Code of Good Governance. The Code’s seven principles are based on good practice in leadership and governance.
‘We Change Lives Through Sport & Education’