The FA will kick off its 150th anniversary year with a £150,000 donation to Teenage Cancer Trust - Official FA Charity Partner until June 2014.
And the donation, which comes from the 2012 FA Community Shield, will see The FA become a major player in the development of Teenage Cancer Trust specialist facilities in the south-west of England, which do not exist at the moment.
The FA aims to raise at least £300,000 over the course of the partnership, which could help Teenage Cancer Trust extend the reach of its services.
It could also provide over 3,500 hours of vital support and care from teenage cancer specialists, and deliver cancer education talks for over 18,000 young people in local schools, colleges and universities around England.
England midfielder Frank Lampard was happy to hear The FA was supporting Teenage Cancer Trust as part of its 150th anniversary.
He said: “I was very pleased when I found out as it's a great team for The FA to be involved with.
"It's very important to me as I've worked closely with the Teenage Cancer Trust. It's a fantastic charity with very good people working at the heart of it. The money raised makes such a difference to these kids’ lives.”
FA General Secretary Alex Horne was also delighted that The FA Group has chosen Teenage Cancer Trust to be its nominated Charity Partner for 2013-14.
Horne said: "It’s a fantastic charity, and the work it does to help teenagers who have been diagnosed with cancer is inspiring and, more importantly, life changing.
“Teenage Cancer Trust provides amazing support for these youngsters during a very difficult time in their life.
"I hope that The FA, our staff and football fans up and down the country can help us reach our £300,000 fundraising target for Teenage Cancer Trust.
"And, more crucially, by working in partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust, I’d like to see football raise awareness of teenage cancer and the measures we need to adopt to prevent more cases in the future.”
Simon Davies, Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust, added: “We are ecstatic to have been chosen as The FA’s charity partner for 2013-14.
"We’re the only charity in the UK dedicated to giving young people aged 13 to 24 with cancer the best possible quality of life and chances of survival. We’re particularly excited about this partnership and the huge potential it has to raise vital funds and awareness.
“Football is a powerful force for good – it spans generations and reaches out to young people, families and whole communities.
Just as football is about solidarity, so is Teenage Cancer Trust about bringing young people with cancer together to be treated by experts in an environment tailored to their needs. Together we will do great things for young people with cancer and their families.”
The partnership was officially announced at The FA150 launch event the Grand Connaught Rooms in Central London on Wednesday.
Teenage Cancer Trust builds specialist units within NHS hospitals, bringing young people together to be treated by teenage cancer experts in a place designed just for them.
Teenage Cancer Trust wants every young person with cancer to have access to this specialist support, no matter where they live.
The charity relies solely on donations to fund all its vital work. For more information please visit www.teenagecancertrust.org.