Irish tech business Clubforce joins forces with footballer Rio Ferdinand to drive inclusivity in sport.
Galway-headquartered Clubforce has joined forces with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation which works in the heart of the UK’s most disadvantaged communities.
The Rio Ferdinand Foundation was set up in 2012 by Rio Ferdinand OBE, an English former professional footballer, following issues of inequality he experienced in his own life. Since its inception, the Foundation is now working in communities across Ireland and the UK, with regional hubs in Belfast, Manchester, and London.
“We are delighted to collaborate with a community-focused software company developing technology to promote sports participation and make sport accessible to all”
The Foundation supports more than 10,000 youths, helping them to realise their potential.
Inclusivity, diversity, participation
The partnership comes as both organisations’ missions are so similarly aligned. Clubforce strives to encourage health and well-being through sport as well as inclusivity, diversity, and participation for all.
“We are delighted to collaborate with a community-focused software company developing technology to promote sports participation and make sport accessible to all,” said Rio Ferdinand. “We are on the same journey.”
The Foundation empowers young people to tackle the inequalities they face. They do this by creating opportunities so they can achieve their personal potential and also so they can drive social change on a greater scale. The charity provides support under four strategic themes: safe spaces; health and wellbeing; strong, safe, and inclusive communities; and progression, skills, and employability.
Clubforce is the only all-in-one sports club management platform that enables club volunteers to manage all aspects of their club on a single platform. Currently, the tech business is helping more than 2000 clubs to grow and thrive. The business has been operating in Ireland since 2009 and is proceeding with its plans to enter the UK market.
“We are full of admiration for the work done by the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, especially for girls,” said Clubforce CMO Rachel Kavanagh.
“I’m especially excited to hear about programs such as GoGirl, building the confidence of young women and girls to achieve their potential. We’re looking forward to contributing to the efforts made by the Foundation to drive inclusion and sports participation across genders in both geographies.”