The Alzheimer's Society have been announced as the new official FA charity partner
The FA today announced a new two-year charity partnership with Alzheimer’s Society.
Part of this new charity partnership is because the FA want to ensure that more people from the football community are aware of dementia and the support available and provided with the help that they might need.
Over the next 2 years, the charity partnership will involve:
• Raise awareness of dementia and the support services Alzheimer’s Society offers to help bring dementia out of the shadows and end the stigma faced by all those who it affects;
• Raise money for Dementia Connect, Alzheimer’s Society’s personalised dementia support service;
• Show how clubs can be more dementia friendly by ensuring that stadiums and grounds are accessible, staff understand the difficulties people encounter and people can enjoy watching football for longer;
• Enable local football clubs and us to refer employees, players, former players and fans to Alzheimer’s Society’s support services so they can access the help that they need;
• Offer our employees an opportunity to become a Dementia Friend and volunteer for Alzheimer’s Society by helping people with dementia to keep connected over the phone;
• Provide us with access to leading scientists and research expertise to understand more about dementia causes and risk factors.
The new charity partnership will officially launch at the Community Shield on Saturday 7 August 2021, with activations across all FA channels, matchday programme, Wembley Stadium connected by EE’s digital screens and ITV as its new host broadcasters from this season.
Alzheimer’s Society was appointed as the official FA charity partner following an open application process that began in March 2021. A number of charities were shortlisted and submitted presentations that were voted for by FA employees and the England national teams.
England players will support and be an active part of the new Alzheimer's Society charity partnership, including donating a significant sum to the Alzheimer's Society from their match fees. An international fixture will also be dedicated to Alzheimer’s Society during the charity partnership and the FA will match any players’ contributions through funds raised from the Community Shield, as well as employee and external fundraising.
Edleen John, our director of international relations, corporate affairs and co-partner for equality, diversity and inclusion, said: "We were really pleased to present our employees and players with an excellent range of charities that were committed to using the power of football as a force for good. We wanted our teams and staff to have a voice in our charity partner selection, so we gave them an opportunity to vote for the one that they are personally and professionally passionate about alongside recognising our organisation’s strategic objectives.
"Alzheimer’s Society is a fantastic headline charity partner choice. With further research, early treatment and support, many people with dementia will be able to lead full and active lives. Together, we hope to make a significant difference to all those impacted by dementia and to ensure that the football community is aware of the signs, advice available and can access support when they need it."
Kate Lee, chief executive at Alzheimer’s Society added: "It’s been brilliant for all of us to enjoy an incredible few weeks of football after the year we’ve all had. For so many fans and former players living with dementia, that passion and common interest is their form of escapism after a diagnosis. Our partnership with the FA is a huge step in changing how people experience dementia within the sporting industry and couldn’t have come sooner.
"Following a catastrophic time for people with dementia, this is a massive opportunity to help support those who have never needed it more. Together, we can help ensure that the millions of football supporters and their families know our services are here, change how fans and players receive support and create a dementia inclusive industry, so people with dementia can continue to remain part of the game. Together, we can showcase the power of football to change lives for the better."