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FIFPro congratulates the Balls To Poverty charity sport program which has been named as a winner in the Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Further and Higher Education. The announcement was made by the The Royal Anniversary Trust by kind permission of Her Majesty The Queen.


FIFPro supports the Balls To Poverty charity program, founded by Joe Sargison and the South Nottingham College.


Amongst others, FIFPro was present at last year’s events in South Africa during the 2010 World Cup (photo). The Balls To Poverty programme is a community project, aimed at using football as a vehicle for social change. English students get the chance to work as a coach in South African communities. Through this, they can make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others.


Joe Sargison, Founder and Managing Director of The Balls To Poverty Programme said: ‘I feel very honoured that The College has been recognised for our work on The Balls To Poverty Programme over the years and it remains an opportunity for me to thank all staff, sponsors, partners, teachers, parents and members of the public who have made contributions along the way to support us with this work.’


The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes recognise and celebrate the outstanding work within higher and further education institutions and the impact that they have. They are the UK's most prestigious form of national recognition open to a UK academic or vocational institution. The winning entries range from individual departments or research groups, to major international development projects to community schemes and cutting-edge research.