March 14, 2014 by News

Rio Ferdinand Foundation and Big World Impact join forces to improve lives of young people


Our partnership with Big World Impact has finally been launched and we are very much looking forward to working together to create opportunities for young people.

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1. Programme partnership launched in south London focuses on introducing young people to sport

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2. Targets areas of high social deprivation in London and Portsmouth

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3. Delivers clear progression pathways into a better future with training and development opportunities

London, UK – Monday 24th February 2014 –

(22nd) as they launched their programme partnership with several football matches in London between two groups of young people they work with.


The Rio Ferdinand Foundation – based in London and Manchester – creates, delivers and drives positive change in young people through frontline community projects, education and training and Big World Impact – who are based in Portsmouth but with a global reach – empowers communities and individuals throughout the world to create self-sustainable futures through bespoke education and support projects.



A group of young people from the Big World Impact project in Leigh Park, Havant travelled up to south London to compete against a Rio Ferdinand Foundation team from their Southwark project in a friendly football match at the Colombo Sports Centre in Southwark, with the visitors winning 5-4, before going to watch Charlton play QPR in the Championship at the Valley.


The Rio Ferdinand Foundation and Big World Impact will be working closely together across London and Portsmouth to improve the employability of young people and together aim to make a lasting impact by increasing the physical and cultural activity of young people and growing their community engagement through a programme of enriching and developmental activities in youth work, sport and arts to utilise protective factors to prevent them entering the youth justice system.

Cillian Leahy, Programme Manager, Rio Ferdinand Foundation said:

“We are very excited to launch our partnership with Big World Impact. The event today was a great success and laid the foundations for our partnership in the future.”

Julian Wadsworth MBE, Big World Impact Community Engagement Manager said:

“Big World Impact are very excited about the partnership working with Rio Ferdinand Foundation. We are especially looking forward to developing future exchange opportunities for young people from our Leigh Park Project to visit London and also host young people from the London”RFF-BWI-London-22022014-9

Danny, 15 years old from Leigh Park, Portsmouth, said:

“This is the first time I have been to London and it has been pretty cool with lots of football. It has also been interesting meeting young people from London and we are looking forward to meet them again.”

Emrecan Erol 14 years old from Southwark, London said:

“I play football twice a week, so it was really enjoyable playing today. They were good players and we have had a good day together – hopefully I will be going to Portsmouth to play against them again.”