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United Together- Shakhtar Project, Ukraine

The Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation is proud to announce its support for FC Shakhtar Donetsk’s “United Together” initiative, a project providing Ukrainian children the chance to play football safely, and to forget for a short time the trauma of war. This partnership supports the Foundation’s ongoing mission to help make a difference to lives affected by conflict and to use sport as a vehicle for positive social change.

“United Together” is an innovative programme developed by FC Shakhtar Donetsk in response to the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. The initiative leverages the universal language of football to bring together children and communities affected by the war, offering them a sense of normalcy, hope, and unity. Through a series of football camps, tournaments, and educational workshops, “United Together” aims to promote peace, resilience, and social cohesion.

Funding from The Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation makes all this possible. We fund the coaches, pitches, kits and balls, and also on-site psychologists to work with groups of children to support their integration and socialisation in this new environment, helping them cope with their fear, stress, trauma and often their displacement. In the coming year, we will also fund a ‘family day’ to involve parents or carers in the activities with their children, and two tournaments enabling all participants to celebrate their achievements together.

Read more about the project here