Supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds through football


The Mohn Westlake Foundation is pleased to be working with The London Community Foundation (LCF), which specialises in supporting community-based organisations focused on helping disadvantaged London by raising funds from institutions and individuals to invest in local charities and social enterprises. The London Community Foundation believes that communities often characterised as poor and disadvantaged are rich with ideas and assets, and when these ideas and assets are maximised, small community groups can make a big difference.

BIGKID Foundation

Creative Opportunities

Doorstep Library

Football Beyond Borders

At a glance…

  • Since 2011, The London Community Foundation has invested over £75 million into charitable groups across London.
  • Today, the Foundation invests around £7 million annually, giving out around 1,000 grants every year across the capital.

Updated November 2019

Football Beyond Borders

Football Beyond Borders uses football as an engagement tool to support young people from low-income backgrounds. The charity believes that football is the most powerful way to inspire young people to achieve their goals and make their voices heard, by giving them the opportunity to develop the skills, attitude and character to succeed in all aspects of their lives. Football Beyond Borders specifically targets young people at risk of school exclusions. They do this through providing long-term interventions in schools, as well as evening and holiday programmes, to re-engage students with their education and help them develop the social and emotional competencies necessary to transition into adulthood. 

The Mohn Westlake Foundation’s grant will enable Football Beyond Borders to deliver additional programmes in school holidays and improve the efficiency of its core programmes by creating a Youth Hub. On top of football coaching, the hub will deliver programmes in career development, digital and media skills, social action campaigning, finding paths away from gang activity and overcoming `learning-lag'. This ultimately will prevent more school exclusions and reduce the numbers of young people facing social exclusion in disadvantaged areas of London.

For more information about this project please visit their website:

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