We've joined forces with world renowned teams and federations to help raise donations and awareness for Unicef's work globally.

Football partnerships

In the UK, we are proud to partner Manchester United. The 'United for UNICEF' partnership started in 1999 and since then, the club has raised over £3 million in donations for Unicef programmes and benefited more than 3.4 million children worldwide. 

Unicef has also been the Rangers Charity Foundation's international partner since the start of the 2008/09 season. To date they have donated more than £400k; supporting the lives of thousands of children and their families in Togo by equipping seven health centres and more recently they have supported our immunisation programme.

Unicef Spain and FC Barcelona kicked off their first five-year partnership in September 2006 to raise awareness and donations for children affected by HIV and AIDS. Every year the club has donated €1.5 million to help fund HIV and AIDS projects in Africa and Latin America.

Most recently, Unicef has partnered with the England Footballers Foundation. This partnership will help tackle malaria over the next four years, until 2018, to help keep children safe from this deadly disease.

Rugby partnerships

Unicef is delighted to have partnered with New Zealand's national rugby team, the All Blacks, The partnership will support Unicef’s global work for children, with an emphasis on supporting our work to reach every child with life-saving vaccines.

Cricket partnerships

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has teamed up with Unicef and UNAIDS to highlight the situation of children and young people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS and raise donations under the banner THINK WISE: The Global Cricket AIDS Partnership.

Basketball partnerships

The partnership between the NBA and the US Fund for UNICEF uses the power of basketball to support Unicef's life-saving programmes around the globe and build donations. There's a particular focus on emergency relief and grassroots projects to foster youth peer-to-peer involvement around the world. The total donated so far amounts to more than $2 million.

Sporting ambassadors

Sports stars including Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Chris Hoy, Colin Jackson, David Beckham, Baroness Grey-Thompson, Lewis Hamilton, Ryan GiggsLeo Messi, Serena Williams and Rory McIlroy are also supporting Unicef’s work in their roles as National and Goodwill Ambassadors.

Sports charity donations © UNICEF Spain
Leo Messi, FC Barcelona player, was announced as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2010© UNICEF Spain