Lionesses team up with PayPal and Football Beyond Borders to shine a light on heroes

Thursday 19 Nov 2020
Lionesses skipper Steph Houghton and some of her squad mates have helped support PayPal's Christmas campaign

England Women's stars Steph Houghton, Fran Kirby, Beth Mead and Ellie Roebuck have helped PayPal to try and shine a light on the people in football who truly go above and beyond. 

The Lionesses quartet all took the time to reflect on the key figures in their life who have gone the extra mile and helped get them to where they are today in their careers.

It's follows on from PayPal's hugely successful ‘Gift of Football’ campaign with Nike in 2019, which saw them donate £100,000 to Football Beyond Borders (FBB), who they have now teamed up with again this year with support from the Lionesses.

As well as the Lionesses, the film focuses on the story of Petal Harty, a young girl who Football Beyond Borders supported during lockdown with a new laptop which enabled her to take part in an online art programme.

2020 has been an extremely difficult year for both charities and grassroots football, and as an official partner of the FA, the campaign showcases PayPal's continued commitment to support all areas of the game.

Football Beyond Borders, who have also worked with the FA previously, is a UK charity that supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who are passionate about football, but disengaged at school, in order to help them finish their education with the skills and grades to make a successful transition into adulthood.

The £100,000 donation from last year’s campaign enabled FBB to run girls-only sessions in schools as part of the national curriculum for the first time. There are now 15 programmes up and running with more in the pipeline for 2021.

You can support FBB this Christmas* too, simply login to the PayPal app and select Football Beyond Borders as your favourite charity. You can then purchase with purpose via Give at Checkout when shopping online.

Find out more about FBB, and the great work they do.

* From 25 November until 31 December 2020.

By FA Staff