Celebrating 20 Years of the Rangers Charity Foundation
Wed 27th July 2022
Twenty years ago, the Rangers Charity Foundation was created with just one employee with the aim of consolidating and developing Rangers existing charity and community work.
Two decades on, the Foundation has 20 employees, 18 part-time community coaches, delivers over 20 programmes in the local community, helping over 8000 people in the last season alone, and has donated over £6 million in cash and in-kind contributions to date to a range of charities, grassroots projects and fundraisers!
We hope you are as proud as we are of these amazing achievements – and we couldn’t have done any of it without the incredible support of the Rangers Family!
Did you know that the Foundation has donated over £250,000 to projects supporting the homeless, and £190,000 to charities supporting serving personnel and veterans? Or that it is one of just five football partners of the world’s leading children’s charity, UNICEF, alongside the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United?
The Foundation has worked with cancer charities such as Breast Cancer Now, Prostate Cancer UK and Maggie’s. We have worked with The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice and various charities supporting people with autism, visual impairment, disabilities, mental health issues and other health conditions such as stroke, Cystic Fibrosis and dementia.
It has also focussed on assisting charities for children and young people such as Children 1st, Teenage Cancer Trust and Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity and has developed a wide range of free community programmes for all ages addressing areas such as employability, education, inclusion and health and wellbeing.
Every season thousands of people are reached through this vital work, as well as organising dream experiences for fans in need and donating to fundraisers supporting causes close to their hearts.
Foundation Director Connal Cochrane said:
“Having been here for 17 of the Foundation’s 20 years, I feel privileged to have been witness to the growth of the Foundation and our unique ability to help so many organisations and individuals across two decades.
The generosity of our supporters and the whole Rangers Family never ceases to amaze me and we look forward to continuing to make a genuine difference to the lives of people in need locally, nationally and internationally.
I am incredibly proud of our team and our role as custodians of this special charity and grateful too for backing and trust which the Club places in us. Everyone at the Foundation hopes that you will join us with a real sense of pride in celebrating this milestone.”
Over the course of the season we look forward to celebrating 20 years of this rewarding work, looking back over some of the highlights of the last 2 decades and considering the impact the Foundation has had on people’s lives, both locally and further afield.
We will also be looking forward to the Foundation’s future and our goal to help even more people by expanding our community programmes and improving our Dream Day experiences, as well as developing new projects such as a football programme for people with learning disabilities, and our lease of the Ibrox Community Complex which will allow us to transform the Complex into a vibrant, revitalised facility with a range of activities and services for the local community.”
Watch out for 20th anniversary picture galleries, events, videos and stats throughout the year and of course for details of our 20th Anniversary Ball! You can also share your own memories and highlights of 20 years of the Rangers Charity Foundation with the hashtag #RCF20thAnniversary or via email firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to hear from you!