Who we are

About The New Zealand Football Foundation

The New Zealand Football Foundation is a charitable trust established when the All Whites qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The Foundation believes in the power of sport to build stronger communities, supporting projects and initiatives around the country that use Football for Good.

The Foundation is overseen by a Board of volunteer Trustees (below) who are hugely passionate about grassroots football and bring a wealth of professional expertise to ensure quality decisions are made, with a long-term lens, to benefit football in New Zealand for generations to come. Please check out the ''what we do' 'section for more information on our strategy, grant priorities and donor pathway.

Our Values

We nurture our relationships to improve the wellbeing of the football community. In practice:
– We engage to understand, and respect the varying needs of different football communities,
– We ensure our donors and partners feel included, valued and informed of the difference they are helping to make.

Our people act and behave with honesty, transparency and fairness to ensure trust and confidence in our direction and decision making. In practice:
– We make informed grant decisions aligned to grant criteria and Foundation priorities.
– We deliver to a clear strategy with performance measures and have in place a strong culture of internal accountability.

We partner with purpose to realise real change to community football. In practice:
– We leverage investment to deliver a greater impact than by working alone.
– We work with those with the necessary expertise and resources to optimise outcomes.

Future Focus
We take a long-term view to maximise the Foundation’s impact on future generations of football players. In practice:
– We make purposeful and risk-considered investment decisions.
– We allocate resource proportionally to bring in new revenue to grow our capacity to do more.

Our PatroN - Ryan Nelson

Ryan Nelsen launches The New Zealand Football Foundation at a function at Sky City in Auckland. Photo: Andrew Cornaga - PHOTOSPORT

The New Zealand Football Foundation are proud to have Former All White Captain Ryan Nelson ONZM as the Patron of the Football Foundation.

Ryan is a former professional footballer who not only Captained the All Whites during the infamous undefeated 2010 World Cup Campaign, he also played at the highest level in both the USA and England, most notably for Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur.

In Memory of Sir Eion Edgar

Sir Eion Edgar. Photo courtesy of Forsyth Barr

The New Zealand Football Foundation are proud to have Sir Eion Edgar as a past Honorary Patron of the Football Foundation.

Sir Eion Edgar was a man who made a big difference in New Zealand, both as a visionary businessman and as a philanthropist in sport, education, youth, arts, sports and health.

Sir Eion was also a generous benefactor, having donated $500,000 to the Foundation.

Our Partners & Supporters

Every team needs supporters.  At the New Zealand Football Foundation we are so grateful for our partners who believe in Football For Good just as much as we do. They know the power of sport to make real change in society and they are committed to helping us do the māhi to support our communities.  The generosity of our partners is crucial to enable us to support so many worthy projects.  

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