How it all Began
Kash was inspired by his mother Shamim Akhter struggles from Africa to the UK and set out to accomplish a single goal – to serve and unlock the power of football globally. The announcement was made at the Peace and Sport forum in Dubai under the High Patronage of HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco.
The concept was socialised at the United Nations New York office in 2007 under the directorship of Dr. Djibril Diallo and former Secretary-General, the late Kofi Annan. In 2016, Siddiqi led an agreement signing at the United Nations Geneva office of Sports for Development and Peace, endorsed under the leadership of Mr. Wilfried Lemke, the Secretary-General’s Special Advisor.
Football for Peace Global as an organisation was inspired by the work of FIFA and Chilean legend Elias Figueroa.
In 2013, South Asian former footballer and Football Diplomat Kashif Siddiqi launched Football for Peace Global, who was inspired by his mother Shamim Akhter’s struggles from Africa to the UK, and set out to accomplish a single goal- to serve and unlock the power of football globally. The announcement was made at the Peace and Sport forum in Dubai Under the High Patronage of HRH Prince Albert the II of Monaco.
FOOTBALL FOR PEACE THROUGH THE YEARS
2006 - SOUTH AMERICAN INSPIRATION
2013 - NEW ERA
2014 - FIRST ACTIVATION WITH FOOTBALL ROYALTY - LATE PELE
2014 - PHILANTHROPY INAUGURATION
The Champions for Peace initiative was created by Peace and Sport to honour top-level sports champions who help disadvantaged communities through sport and to further offer athletes a structure for communal expression and action to support sports projects at the service of peace and human and social development .
2014 - FFP UK LAUNCH - FOUNDING PARTNERS
2014 - Vatican Meet
2015 - INAUGURAL CITYWIDE MVP BIRMINGHAM PROGRAMME
Prince William witnessed the programme and spoke with Head Teachers of the schools and representatives of Football for Peace before he presenting certificates to the students who have completed the programme. The programme involved several schools in east Birmingham, including Saltley Academy going through workshops on topics such as Equality Diversity and Inclusion, a Leaders course, and Community action on good deeds
2015 - INAUGURAL UK PEACE MATCH
2016. Vatican – Sport At The Service of Humanity summit.
Co Founder – Kashif Siddiqi launched the initiative speaking on the power of sport uniting faiths worldwide.
2016 - Sait Nagjee All India Football Tournament - supports a girl school with Ronaldinho
2016 - Football for Peace X Soccerex - PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCED
2017 - An Evening with Pele
2017 - A Special VIP Head of State Visit to the London MVP Programme
2017 - NFL x US EMBASSY x FOOTBALL FOR PEACE London MVP Programme
2017 - UNOSDP GENEVA MOU SIGNING
2017 - Lord Mayor, Guildhall Sports Diplomacy Ball
2017 - MoM of the Match (MoM) Initiative Launched
2018 - Houses of Parliament discussion on the power of football supported the Secretary of State for Sport
2018 - INAUGURAL CITYWIDE MVP LUTON PROGRAMME
The programme involved several schools going through workshops on topics such as Equality Diversity and Inclusion, a Leaders course, and Community action on good deeds
2019 - LIBERIA SPORTS DIPLOMACY HEAD OF STATE VISIT
2019 - UN NATIONWIDE YOUNG MVP GRADUATION AND PEACE WALL ACTIVITY
The event honoured the young people from across the UK who graduated from the the initiative this year.
On the day, The Duke attended a workshop on tolerance and team building, which was led by Jessica Cleaver and Abdul Ghafur previous FFP graduates. His Royal Highness then met the charity’s Footballing Ambassadors and students who took part in breaking down a wall with footballs in a message against hate and violence to support the Peace Wall Activity
2019 - GLOBAL GIFT x FOOTBALL FOR PEACE
The evening saw a whole host of stars from the worlds of football, music, fashion and television join together to raise funds and support both foundations. Special guests included Katie Piper, Mamadou Sakho, Callum Wilson, Andy Carroll, Carlton Cole, Oumar Niasse, Adebayo Akinfenwa, Marlon Harewood, Everton Chairman Farhad Moshiri, Bournemouth Chairman Jeff Mostyn among many others, who all gathered to raise funds and make a difference in the lives of children and women around the world
The black-tie event took place at the Corinthia Hotel London, guests enjoyed a 3-course dinner accompanied by Taittinger champagne and D1 London spirits.
It was a truly spectacular evening featuring performances, dinner and a highly amusing auction for the charity which raised £250,000.
2019 - BETTER WORLD AWARDS Cafe de Paris, Monte Carlo, Monaco,
On the night our co-founder Kash Siddiqi had the honour of receiving the Humanitarian Athlete Award.
2020 - UN PEACE PANEL - WITH US STATE DEPARTMENT, MONACO & STATE OF QATAR
2020 - 74TH UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY - PEACE THROUGH FOOTBALL ADDRESS - ROOM 4
2020- ESQUIRE MAGAZINE AWARDS One & Only, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
2021- ESQUIRE MAGAZINE AWARDS One & Only, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
2021- WEMBLEY STADIUM x PEACE Short term reaction during the Covid Crises with Aldi Supermarket to deliver 500,000 items of surplus food from Wembley to families in need
The campaign also has support from leading Football for Peace Ambassadors, including Adrian San Miguel, Marcus Bean and Shandon Baptiste.
2021- PARTNERSHIP- DUBAI CARES x PEACE
HE Dr. Tariq Algurg , CEO and Vice-Chairman of Dubai Cares, Bacary Sagna, and Kash Siddiqi, came together at the official Football for Peace and Dubai Cares Virtual Signing Ceremony, chaired by @zaharammalik, to sign a long-term strategic partnership that will deliver fundraising and advocacy initiatives to promote education through the sport.
With the support of the UAE Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Mansoor Abulhoul, USA Board Member Josh Norman, UK Board Member Louis Saha, and Dimitar Berbatov , we are excited to join hands in this global movement in serving youth and communities to build brighter futures.
2021- FOOTBALL MOVES FASTER THAN POLITICS- A coalition effort to help evacuate Afghan youth footballers & families
Alongside the UK Home Office, No 10 Downing Street, Leeds United FC, The Pakistani Authorities and other partners FFP played a key role in the contribution of helping secure safe passage and asylum for the afghanistan youth football team and their families. The charity helped diplomatic the negotiations.
2021- AMERICAN FOOTBALL x PEACE- NFL Cornerback joins Football for Peace
2021- WORLD CUP WINNER x PEACE Mesut Ozil Football for Peace Centre Launched at University of Bradford
The University of Bradford will host the centre, which will “run football and life skill sessions” at League Two side Bradford’s training ground.
Former Real Madrid and Arsenal playmaker Ozil, who is of Turkish origin, was born in Gelsenkirchen in Germany.He went on to play 92 times for Germany and helped them win the 2014 World Cup.
As part of the All Stars Exhibition Game in Expo 2020 Dubai hosted by UEFA, FFP in partnership with Dubai Cares delivered a half time Peace Wall activity led by four international superstars, Patrice Evra, Michel Salgado, Bacary Sagna, and Samir Nasri along with other footballing icons,legends, celebrities, and VIPs.
The symbolic moment not only highlighted FFP and Dubai Cares Partnership, focussed on empowering young people through the power of football and education, but also pledge our efforts to put and end to put an end to #Inequality #Division#Poverty#Intolerance#Illiteracy
2022- EXPO x PEACE WALL ACTIVITY
The symbolic moment not only highlighted FFP and Dubai Cares Partnership, focussed on empowering young people through the power of football and education, but also pledge our efforts to put and end to put an end to #Inequality #Division #Poverty #Intolerance #Illiteracy
2022- The Commonwealth x Football Association of Maldives x PEACE
Sessions for parents/guardians/sporting bodies and educators focussed on guidance and establishing a positive parent-coach relationship, and ways to support the development & well-being of young people and players.
Session for school football teams focussed on youth empowerment, offering unique perspectives on football leadership, teamwork, and respect for others.
The programme will put a special emphasis on strengthening the capacities of football professionals in developing and utilising effective tools in safeguarding programs to engage and influence some of the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach children and young people. The overarching theme is how football can be a force for good and a safe platform for everyone, with youngsters at its centre.
2022- Arsenal and Everton team up in USA to support 'fantastic' Football for Peace
2022- HUMANITARIAN FLOOD REACTION Short term Crises response to world's Worst water crisis with British Airways
Working with British Airways, ECB and Sarwar Foundation, the charities humanitarian response was to send 12 tonnes of aid and sports equipment for youth to help support mental health and families left adrift through the devastating floods.
2022- FIFA WORLD CUP SAUDI x PEACE WALL ACTIVITY
Together a education tech peace wall was launched for youth and guests to interact, play and learn about the water crises by kicking against adverse words and rehydrating the earth.
2022- FIFA WORLD CUP QATAR x WATER EDUCATION- Generation Amazing Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy Workshops
Participants included, Michael Chopra , BA SVP Sohail Ali , Josh Norman.