Simply kicking a ball around on the street has often become nothing more than a thing of the past. Neighbourhoods are built up, the streets are packed with cars, and traffic is busy.
Children need a safe place that encourages them to play outside. That’s what Cruyff Courts are: a safe place to get together and where children get to know the importance of togetherness, making friends, discovering your own talents, and winning and losing. These are valuable experiences that they carry with them as they develop physically and mentally, and as they move into society.
Alongside the Cruyff Courts in the community, we set up Special Cruyff Courts at institutions for children with disabilities. Special Cruyff Courts are adapted to the children's needs. The Cruyff Courts and Special Cruyff Courts enable children to practise all kinds of sport and take part in activities that are supported by Cruyff Foundation Coaches. At the same time, the Heroes of the Cruyff Courts project ensures that young people play an active role in organising these activities.
With Football for Unity together for social integration
Let’s build bridges! Today we organized the first day of the Football for Unity Festival in Amsterdam. The aim? To connect third-country nationals with other youngsters of Amsterdam and enhance social integration. Didier Herbert, Head of the European Commission's Representation in the Netherlands and Urs Kluser, General Secretary UEFA Foundation for Children visited.Read more
Ryan Gravenberch winner Johan Cruyff Prize
At Cruyff Court Betondorp, the field in the neighborhood where Johan always played football as a child, around the corner from his parental home, Ryan Gravenberch received the coveted prize for Johan Cruyff Talent of the year in the Dutch Eredivisie 2020-2021.Read more