Players of People's Postcode Lottery have funded an award of £150,000 in support of the Cruyff Foundation in England. The Cruyff Foundation believes in the benefit of sport, and especially playgrounds, for the development of children.

The award will go towards creating the England's first Cruyff Court in Liverpool, as well as provide training for the first 14 Cruyff Foundation coaches in England. The Foundation's best known project, the Cruyff Court, is a playground roughly the size of a football pitch. Primarily, it is a place where children learn about respect, responsibility and cooperation. Through the regular games that take place on the Court, children learn to collaborate, stand up for themselves and others, and to win and lose. They also form friendships that may last a lifetime.

"We are very pleased that players of People's Postcode Lottery are able to support the work of the Cruyff Foundation in the England. Thanks to this funding, we can expand the number of Cruyff Courts in England. By creating a Cruyff Court, we give local children a safe place to enjoy sports. Through our programmes such as the Community Programme and Cruyff Courts 6 vs 6, we create opportunities for children to develop themselves and learn important lessons which they can use during their entire lives,"said Carole Thate, director of the Cruyff Foundation.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery said, "I am delighted that players of People's Postcode Lottery are able to support this fantastic charity with their work in England. It's so important children and young people have a safe place to go and take part in sports, and this is ultimately what the Cruyff Courts offer."

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