A Player’s Experience: 23 Foundation
Former Liverpool FC and England footballer Jamie Carragher set up his named fund, The 23 Foundation, with the Community Foundation for Merseyside in the run up to his charity Testimonial game in 2009.
Proceeds from the game, along with government match funding via the community foundation, enabled Jamie to launch his 23 Foundation with a £1 million endowment fund. Since then it has distributed £310,000 to 55 community groups around Merseyside, as well as supporting 20 aspiring young athletes.
Carragher explains: “Working with the community foundation has been fantastic for our charity; we wanted to do a lot of good stuff, but we didn’t know too much about going about it. They have been a great help to us.
"We give them the money to look after and they’re doing a great job. For me it’s about helping kids from different parts of Merseyside who are having difficulties."
As well as the considerable work undertaken by every professional player in the country, many members also support and administer their own personal Charities and Foundations.
The 23 Foundation aims to give local kids in Merseyside a chance to achieve their dreams through local charities, clubs and community initiatives by providing the means to make a difference.