Craig Bellamy Foundation Dinner
March 22, 2014
Kerman & Co were delighted to support the Craig Bellamy Foundation Dinner which took place at Cardiff City Hall on 22 March. It was a fantastic evening with British television presenter John “Fenners” Fendley, interviewing legendary welsh footballer Ian Rush and the manager of Wales’ newest entry into the Premier league, Cardiff City’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The proceeds of the dinner went to the The Craig Bellamy Foundation (CBF), which is a charity that offers underprivileged children in Sierra Leone the chance to reach their true potential through sport and education, enabling them to build a better life for themselves and their communities.
About the Craig Bellamy Foundation
The Craig Bellamy Foundation was set up after the welsh football star visited Sierra Leone in 2007 and witnessed the country’s desperate poverty. He saw potential to set up a project that could offer hope. So, with a car full of footballs he travelled through the country, stopping wherever he saw kids playing the game they love, to give them a ball…and join in! He decided to build an academy of excellence to give promising players the support they would need to develop on and off the field. From the foundations of the CBF Academy, and with UNICEF’s generous support, the CBF League was born.
The CBF League was launched in 2009 with support from UNICEF. Using football to empower a new generation to bring about positive change it focuses on increasing school attendance and respect for fair play, whilst delivering community development projects. Involving more than 2,000 boys and girls around the country the CBF League is having a considerable impact.
The CBF Academy opened its doors in August 2010. It recruits some of Africa’s most talented young athletes and works with them to produce football players who are well-rounded, inspirational role models. Five-year scholarships are given to children aged 11-13 who live, study and train at its state-of-the-art facilities.
A central feature of all the CBF’s work is improving governance. It advocates an end to over-age player selection in youth football and an end to violence and corruption associated with football. It also campaigns to prevent the exploitation of young African footballers, while supporting the Sierra Leone FA and Ministry of Sport to improve governance in sport.