Building a better future in Sierra Leone
In 2008 Craig Bellamy founded Sierra Leoneʼs first professional football academy and a unique nationwide youth development league to empower anew generation of talent to change their own and their communities lives for the better.
Out of this initial hope was born the Craig Bellamy Foundation. A charity founded by Craigto offer the children of Sierra Leone the right to dream
In 2007 Welsh International football star Craig Bellamy visited a friend in the West African nation of Sierra Leone. Best known for its“blood diamonds” and nine year violent civil war Craig saw through the devastation, poverty and desperation and saw the potential for a project that could offer hope. Out of this initial hope was born theCraig Bellamy Foundation. A charity founded by Craig to offer the children of Sierra Leone the right to dream. Using the thing Craig knows and loves the most, football, the project has been designedto inspire positive personal and social development through the power of sport.
The Foundation now boasts a network of nationwide football development leagues with over 1,600 registered members, aged10-14. Now in its second year, the development league now includes girls teams in its ranks, and it will strive to offer equal opportunities for boys and girls to participate.
Alongside the league,a state-of-the-art football academy designed to offer the best in coaching and education was opened in June 2010 and is now changing the lives of its first generation of recruits.
Underpining thewhole project is a desire to offer the children of Sierra Leone the opportunity to reach their full potential through playing the sport that they love.
Football is the First stepThe Craig Bellamy Foundation Academy offers children the opportunity to reach their true potential in life through sport and education.
The Craig Bellamy Foundation Academy offers children the...