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Raheem Sterling planning to create foundation

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Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling will launch a foundation, aimed at improving social mobility for disadvantaged young people. 

Sterling has said he wants to provide young people who were in the same circumstances he was in 'another shot'. Although still working on the finer details, the foundation will provide young people with university scholarships and work placements. 

He told the Sunday Times: "That's me finished with the 'what can happen, what should happen'. Now I'm trying to put into place stuff I can do myself.

"Stuff to give young people in the same circumstances I was in another shot. If there is a university they want to go to, football equipment they need, other things. I want to be a helping hand"

Sterling has been a key advocate for social change, recently speaking out about the ongoing issue of online abuse, following a study by the PFA and the amount of hateful messages footballers receive. He has also worked on a number of projects to help young people in Brent, the area of north-west London where he grew up.

"I'm not really fussed about having this million and that million. What will make me happy is seeing I am able to help. Even if it's five people, even if it's one, at least I have helped someone come out of their bubble and experienced that there is something better to England

"It comes down to, OK, I come from northwest London, I move out of my area - what good is it if I take all I have made in life, my success and just build a big house somewhere? I'm happy, cool, but that's not who I am."

 

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