Aug
04
2008
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Craig Bellamy

Last year, Craig Bellamy travelled to Sierra Leone in western Africa. The visit to the war-torn state left a deep impression on the Wales and West Ham United striker, and he has now launched the Craig Bellamy Foundation, which will help to create a football academy in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown. The young people in Sierra Leone are mad about football and have lots of talent for the game, says Bellamy. In the past, however, they have not been thrown a football, they have been thrown a gun. By founding his academy, Bellamy wants to contribute to the fight against violence and warlike conflicts in the region. According to reports, the player has invested some EUR 825,000 of his own money in the ambitious academy, which will comprise 14 leagues, 68 teams and 141 staff (mainly coaches). “I’m not looking to find and sell players. I’m not an agent. I want to make it clear that if any player does make it, any fee goes straight back into the academy.”