On 28 August 2014, UEFA announced that their 2014 UEFA Monaco Charity Award cheque for €1m would be awarded to the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit.
The Monaco Award annually donates 1 million euros to a deserving sporting organisation or charity in order to help support and advance their mission. UEFA believes all children, no matter what their social status or where they live, should have a chance to play football. This award will support the important work by the NSPCC towards the provision of a safe environment to allow children to enjoy sport. UEFA said “The NSPCC has worked tirelessly to end cruelty to children and hopefully this donation will help their cause significantly.”
The 2014 UEFA Monaco Charity Award will support crucial work in child protection in sport. It will be used to increase the access to and awareness of the services the NSPCC provide to children and parents in sport. This includes the work of the NSPCC and Childline helplines, which provide advice and support to adults and children who have child protection concerns.
The award will also help to enhance the Childline School Service which use specially trained volunteers to talk to primary school children about abuse, giving them the skills to protect themselves and showing them where to go to for help. With the support of the CPSU, this work will help to bridge the gap between school and sport to expand the reach of the message to children about what to do if they have concerns about abuse. Through an awareness campaign and increased access to training adults working with children in sport will also be guided and supported in keeping children safe.
A particular aspect of the project will be in assisting sports organisations to effectively involve children and young people. This will include consultation with young people and listening to children’s feedback throughout planning and evaluation at club and national level. The NSPCC will work with sports organisations to develop resources and offer support in the best ways to involve children. This will contribute to more children participating in and sustaining their participation in sport.