Sport and play improves the fitness of children, teaches them to get along, and helps them to develop. That's why the Cruyff Foundation encourages children to get active through projects such as Cruyff Courts, Schoolyard14, and sports projects for children with disabilities.
Thanks to £850,000 in funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery, the Cruyff Foundation is able to considerably expand its projects in Great Britain.
Cruyff Courts are a modern interpretation of a community football pitch – a safe place that encourages young people to get involved in sport. Various activities are hosted at the Cruyff Courts, often initiated by the 'Heroes of the Cruyff Courts' - young people who organise their own events and become role models in their neighbourhoods. Three Cruyff Courts have already been completed in Great Britain, with another two are currently under construction, and a further three scheduled for the coming year.
The first Special Cruyff Courts are also planned for the coming year. These are Cruyff Courts which have been specially adapted to meet the needs of children with disabilities. It is important to give these children an equal opportunity to play and be active in sport.
There are currently more than 180 Cruyff Courts and 40 Special Cruyff Courts in more than 20 countries.
The UK now also has its first three Schoolyard14s, replacing school playgrounds which didn't fully make use of their space to encourage children to get active. Schoolyard14 makes school playgrounds an attractive place to play again by applying lines and coloured markings to the ground and walls. This stimulates children to play in a natural way. As the pupils are also involved in the design of these areas, they feel a joint responsibility for them. Just like the Cruyff Courts, every Schoolyard14 features the 14 rules of Johan Cruyff.
There are now more than 300 Schoolyard14s in the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Thanks to the help of players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the Cruyff Foundation can now proudly help children to get moving and stay active in Great Britain too.