The Offside Trust
In November 2016, British football was rocked by a series of high-profile revelations regarding child sexual abuse. Several former professional players bravely waived their right to anonymity to speak out about their past abuse.
A number of the players involved set up The Offside Trust, an organisation committed to supporting survivors and working to make sport safer for children. The Trust is led by ex-footballer Steve Walters and former professional golfer Chris Unsworth, whose stories have inspired hundreds of people to speak out for the first time about their abuse.
Our aims are to:
- Support the healing journey of survivors of abuse:
- Make sport safer for children, so kids can be kids.
For many survivors, we are the first point of call. Some have never spoken about their abuse before and feel desperately lonely, confused and afraid. We help them understand their options, and make the best decisions for their personal healing journey.
We work closely with governing bodies, charities and other organisations across all sports, including rugby, cricket, golf and boxing.
The Offside Trust's work has been recognised by clubs, players and former professionals throughout the sporting world and beyond. We have the support of celebrities like actor David Morrissey, comedian John Bishop and sporting legends including Robbie Fowler, Andrew Cole, Neville Southall, Barry McGuigan and Justin Rose.
How can you help
We now need your help to continue to support survivors of abuse in sport, and keep our children safe.
We are raising funds to develop and test our Survivors Support Toolkit, and roll out our Club Champions project that will use the power of football to combat the stigma of abuse and create a culture of safeguarding throughout the community.
Please give generously and help us ensure survivors do not suffer in silence, and all our kids can enjoy sport safely.
The Offside Trust is a restricted fund under the auspices of Prism the Gift Fund registered charity number 1099682.
Charity No: 1099682
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