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Johan Cruyff (1947 - 2016)

Johan Cruyff: legacy of a footballing icon

Football legend Johan Cruyff, who has died aged 68, used his sporting passion and skills to transform the lives of young people across the world with the creation of the Cruyff Foundation in 1997.

The charity, which is supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery, is based around the concept of the traditional playing field. 'Cruyff Courts' are spaces where young people can meet to participate in sports and have the opportunity to play outside in locations where communal spaces are limited.

Johan, a star with Ajax, Barcelona and the Netherlands, was also an official ambassador for the Postcode Lotteries, supporting the mission of the Postcode Lotteries worldwide.

With more than 200 Cruyff Courts worldwide, the Foundation encourages young people to be more active through sport, play and exercise.

Players of People's Postcode Lottery have been supporting the Cryuff Foundation since 2015 and have awarded the charity a total of £375,000 in funding, allowing them to build a Cruyff Court in Liverpool.

The pitch provides a place where children learn about respect, responsibility and co-operation through sport, while also building confidence and developing new friendships. Players are also currently supporting the creation of additional Cruyff Courts in Great Britain.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "The loss of Johan Cruyff was felt not only in the footballing community yesterday but across the world. We are proud that our players will continue supporting the Cruyff Foundation in their work with children across Great Britain.

"His legacy is probably best described by the great man himself: 'You can do nothing alone but a lot together'."

(Image courtesy of Cruyff Foundation)

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Johan Cruyff will live on through the Cruyff Foundation, the charity he founded in 1997