About Us

The Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation is a UK registered charity founded in 2011 by football legend Sir Bobby Charlton.


While visiting Cambodia with the charity Laureus, Sir Bobby witnessed first-hand the devastating impact that landmines and the legacy of forgotten wars were still having on innocent civilian communities. In particular, he could not believe that children going out to play football, just as he and his brothers did as kids, could come back with life-changing injuries by inadvertently standing on a mine – or not come back at all.


The emotional impact of his visit moved him to set up his own charity (originally called Find a Better Way) so that he could do something practical to help the people he had met in Cambodia and thousands like them around the world.

Sir Bobby’s first focus was on developing new technologies for better detection of landmines and other explosive remnants of war, and improving surgical techniques for those suffering from blast injuries and limb loss, forming partnerships with universities in the UK.

This pioneering research evolved into more direct support for war-affected areas: the Foundation partnered with NGOs in Cambodia, Jordan and Iraq, delivering medical support, art therapy and landmine education programmes to refugees and other vulnerable communities.


Today, the Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation contributes in practical ways to address the economic, social, environmental, and cultural impact of war. Our work supports the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development led by the United Nations to make communities safer and more sustainable, and to empower local people to take control of their lives and shape their own futures.


Sir Bobby believed passionately that everyone has the right to live, work and play freely, equitably and safely no matter where they are in the world. It is our privilege at the Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation to ensure that Sir Bobby’s vision continues, and that his legacy in helping vulnerable people lead better lives continues to thrive.

Our Mission

To support, inspire and empower children, families, people and communities affected by past and present conflicts.

Our Vision

The Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation wants every person affected by conflict, wherever they are in the world, to enjoy a healthy, fulfilled and empowered life, safe and free from fear.

Our Values


We work to make conflict-affected communities stronger and more confident by equipping them to take control of their lives and realise their rights;


We prioritise people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalised, such as those who have physical or psychological disabilities and those that suffer from discrimination;


We believe that the best results are achieved by working together with others particularly those that represent conflict-affected communities;


We believe in honesty, transparency and consistency in all that we do in order to gain and maintain the trust of the conflict-affected communities we seek to support.

Our Approach

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  • We conduct rigorous assessments of need and ensure conflict affected communities are central to the process of determining what services are provided, their design and delivery;
  • We build partnerships that have the ability to provide the most effective solutions to the need of conflict affected communities;
  • Where no solutions to the identified needs exist we pilot new initiatives to pave the way for sustainable service development;
  • We ensure communities affected by conflict have a voice and their interests are recognised in the wider development context;
  • We build the capacity of local community based organisations working in conflict affected communities to make them and their services more sustainable;
  • We work with partners to facilitate learning and the sharing of knowledge gained through research and frontline service delivery;
  • We use the global profile of The Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation & Sir Bobby Charlton to raise awareness of conflict recovery issues and keep them in the public domain;
  • We ensure all projects are properly monitored and assessed against agreed goals, objectives and outcomes;
  • Through our understanding of conflict affected communities and conflict recovery we bring a practical perspective to academic research projects;