The Million Pound Gift from Cardiff City FC

Cardiff-City-FCs-new-club-badgeCardiff City has long been one of Wales’ most successful football teams. Still the only non-English side to have won the FA Cup, the club have enjoyed a revival of fortunes on the pitch in recent years. After reaching the FA Cup Final in 2008 and the final of the Football League Cup in 2012, Cardiff entered the Premier League at the beginning of the 2013-2014 season. The owner of Cardiff City, Tan Sri Vincent Tan, has not only brought increased funds to the club, but also revealed a philanthropic side when he announced details of a one-million-pound donation to charity in August 2013. Continue reading

The Rise of Philanthropy in European Football

rise_of_philanthropy_in_european_footballFootball is a sport that’s intrinsically linked to large pay days and players who demand exorbitant fees. It’s also fast becoming a sport where philanthropy is a common occurrence and the number of altruistic ballplayers and football franchises are rapidly increasing. Benevolent teams and individuals are pledging thousands of pounds to varying causes and putting their names behind worthy charitable endeavours in an attempt to invest in the community. Continue reading

Thanks to One Fulham Fan

thanks_to_one_fulham_fanFulham FC have had a huge thank you to pay out to one of their fans for his half-time heroics, the Fulham Club Foundation received a hefty donation of £700 from a global online bookmakers and their Club Sponsor, Marathonbet.

Scott Maltman, a Fulham Football Club lifelong supporter, won a  competition on twitter which was to take part in the ‘Shoot The O’ challenge which was held at half time at the Fulham vs. Arsenal fixture on the Saturday 24th August.  The 20-year-old from Uxbridge, skilfully held his nerve while he had an audience of a packed craven cottage, as he was kicking seven balls through the ‘O’ of a Marathonbet target in less than a minute. With every ball he got through the ‘O’ target he won himself a £100 cash prize, the total which Marathonbet pledged to match with a donation to Fulham Football Club. Continue reading