• Creating Opportunities

  • Raising Aspirations

  • Building Confidence

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The Rio Ferdinand Foundation’s Mission is to inspire and enable young people to reach their potential by providing education and employment pathways.

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Our vision is to create confident and skilled young people able to tap into their talents to build a brighter future.

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Rio Ferdinand, the legendary Manchester United defender, businessman and social entrepreneur, launched his Foundation to create opportunities for young people and tackle important social issues. 


By developing young people as peer role models and youth leaders, the Rio Ferdinand Foundation are able to address a number of important personal, social and economic issues.

This approach enables young people to build a brighter future for themselves and their communities.

Meet Our Youth Leaders...

Rio Ferdinand Foundation programmes involve a network of strategic partners to support young people, act as mentors and enable them to access employment opportunities and pathways relevant to their skills and talents.