Wayne Rooney is one of the country’s leading footballers, captaining both club and country, and has become one of the most recognisable football icons in the world.
Wayne recognises how fortunate he has been on his journey to success, acknowledging how the support and opportunities he has received have played such an integral part in helping him achieve his dreams.
Through the ‘Wayne Rooney Foundation’, Wayne hopes to use his experience and status to give something back, building a lasting legacy to inspire and improve the lives of children and young people.
The Foundation will run events will raise vital funds to support the work of key organisations dedicated to supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people. These organisations include, The NSPCC, Claire House Children’s Hospice, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Manchester United Foundation.
The first of these events was Wayne’s testimonial match in August 2016. The game which featured Manchester United and Wayne’s boyhood club Everton was a huge success and raised £1.2 million for the chosen charities.
On 15th November 2018, The FA honoured Wayne Rooney’s record-breaking international career at England’s fixture against the USA, a game which was played in support of the Foundation. The Wayne Rooney Foundation International, as the match was known, saw Wayne win his 120th and final England cap.
Alder HeyMoney raised from Wayne’s testimonial have helped fund distraction and relaxation technology in Alder Hey's treatment rooms, making a hospital visit less daunting for thousands of young patients.
Claire HouseWayne’s latest donation has funded specialist nursing team who will work with over 250 seriously and terminally ill children and their families.
NSPCCWayne was the first Ambassador for Childhood and his latest donation has funded a vital schools programme that helps prevent children from abuse and neglect.