SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES - FOOTBALL ACADEMY
In 2008 Craig Bellamy founded Sierra Leone's first professional football academy and a unique nationwide youth development league to empower a new generation of talent to change their own and their communities’ lives for the better. Out of this initial hope was born theCraig Bellamy Foundation. A charity founded by Craig to offer the children of Sierra Leone the right to dream.
In 2007 Welsh International football star Craig Bellamy visited a friend in the West African nation of Sierra Leone. Best known for its “blood diamonds” and nine year violent civil war, Craig saw through the devastation, poverty and desperation and saw the potential for a project that could offer hope. Using the one thing Craig knows and loves, football, the project has been designed to inspire positive personal and social development through the power of sport.
The Academy is a boarding school that successfully and uniquely combines daily football training and weekly matches with an international education curriculum. Footballing and education merit based selection events will be organised annually to pick the next intake.
SSGI is proud to be a key supporter of the CBF Academy and assisting to secure the future talents of Salone.