The Premier League Charitable Fund opened its doors on 1 September 2010 and the new charity is designed to make the many good causes the League supports work even more central to its activities.
Registered with the Charity Commission, the Premier League Charitable Fund channels Premier League funds to football clubs to help them harness their power to both motivate and engage with people in their community.
The new charity adds strength to the Premier League’s existing Creating Chances good causes programme; Creating Chances uses the power of football to empower clubs to create social intervention opportunities at the heart of their communities that can positively change lives for the better.
Over the past three years, Creating Chances has benefited 14 million people worldwide as it supports the work clubs do in their local area.
Premier League Clubs have a long history of working hard for their communities and this commitment is reflected at League level by an unprecedented investment in good causes and football solidarity, now at 14% of Premier League income.
The Premier League continues to give money away to other charities; for example, it matches the Government and Football Association’s contribution to the Football Foundation.
But the Premier League also recognises the unique ability that football clubs have and are now using the Premier League Charitable Fund to raise the quality of the work they do.