As you may have noticed, Rio Ferdinand’s life is not 100% football. Since retiring Rio has established himself as a social commentator, garnering a huge following of over 5 million on Twitter, runs his own digital magazine, #5, and Italian restaurant, Rosso, has released books and is working with TV channel BT Sport.

But Peckham-born Rio has a passion for social issues and young people; something demonstrated when he established the Rio Ferdinand Foundation in early 2012. He launched the charity – which gained its registration in March 2013 (UK Charity No: 1151127) and replaced his ‘Rio Live The Dream Foundation’ – so he could take a more active role in determining and driving a charitable organisation that reflects issues and concerns that are close to his heart.

404 Not Found Rio has achieved great things in his life but is very aware that he was only able to tap into his talents and reach his potential because of a supportive family, coaches and mentors who supported his career, strong role models in sport such as John Barnes and michael Jordan and being in a position to recognise and seize the right opportunities.

On his own behalf, and by rallying support from the sports, arts and entertainment industries, Rio, via the Foundation and its network of public and private sector partnerships, works with young people on a range of social and economic issues.

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“Many young people have already achieved through my Foundation and we’ve helped them gain accreditations and National Vocational Qualifications. They’ve become people who are now looked up to in their communities rather than as someone who had lost their way – it is really rewarding and great to give something back”.

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Charity Registration No. 1151127
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