Our charity partnership with Alzheimer’s Society extended for a fourth year

Friday 05 Jul 2024
The FA's charity partnership with Alzheimer's Society has been extended for the 2024-25 season

We have today announced a further extension to our charity partnership with Alzheimer's Society until July 2025.

Alzheimer’s Society became our official charity partner in August 2021, and will begin a fourth year of collaboration for the 2024-25 season. The extension was revealed today as England’s men’s team prepare for their UEFA EURO 2024 quarter-final clash against Switzerland on Saturday.

Over the past three seasons, our partnership with Alzheimer’s Society has raised over £870,000, with thousands more fans, players and staff now knowing where to go to access vital dementia support, changing the game for fans and players in years to come.

One in three people born today will go on to develop dementia in their lifetime. It’s the UK’s biggest killer, but too many people still think dementia is just a sign of normal ageing, are unsure of the symptoms and are too afraid to visit their GP.

In the last year of the partnership, we have been working to raise awareness of dementia and the importance of diagnosis. A timely diagnosis can allow families more time to plan for the future and unlock the door to treatment, care and support.

At the third annual Alzheimer’s Society International in March, England’s men appeared for the second half in nameless shirts to draw attention to memory loss, one of the most common symptoms of dementia. The stunt inspired a 125% uplift in total website traffic, with visits to the Alzheimer’s Society symptoms checklist up by a staggering 744% compared to the rest of the month.

England wore nameless shirts during the second half of the Alzheimer's Society International against Belgium in March

And in January 2024, the partnership launched its Support the Supporters campaign across the Emirates FA Cup fourth round weekend, which galvanised support from clubs and organisations across the football pyramid to encourage fans to seek a timely diagnosis if they were concerned about themselves or a loved one.

Visits to the Alzheimer’s Society symptoms checklist peaked at 96% higher than the typical daily average as a result.

Kate Lee, CEO of Alzheimer’s Society, said: "We're thrilled to continue our fantastic work with the FA. Football has the power to change lives and this partnership has allowed us to reach so many new people over the last three years. We are determined to use this unique platform to continue striving for a future where football is unforgettable.”

Mark Bullingham, CEO of the FA, added: "Extending our partnership with Alzheimer’s Society for a fourth year is a testament to the significant impact we have made together. We are incredibly proud to work so closely with a charity at the forefront of tackling the UK’s forgotten crisis. Dementia touches the lives of so many, including millions of football fans, and it is our privilege to support such an important cause. We look forward to the year ahead and continuing to make a difference in the lives of those affected by dementia."

Over the past three seasons, the partnership between The FA and Alzheimer’s Society has raised over £870,000

Other key achievements of the partnership to date include:

· Three Alzheimer’s Society Internationals with England’s senior men’s and women’s teams have raised £170,000 in total, and have increased awareness of dementia, its symptoms and the importance of diagnosis

· In 2023, Wembley Stadium became the first national stadium to be made more dementia friendly, using feedback from people affected by dementia to improve accessibility and increase staff understanding and knowledge of dementia

· County FAs across the country are now set up as Alzheimer’s Society referral partners, allowing them to confidently signpost fans and players worried about dementia to support · 149 members of staff at the FA are now Dementia Friends, meaning they are armed with the knowledge and understanding to allow them to do small everyday things that help those living with dementia

As the partnership enters its fourth year, both organisations are committed to building on these successes and continuing to change the game for individuals and families affected by dementia.

You can find out more on the charity’s work with the FA here.

If you see the signs of dementia in a loved one, show them your support by visiting alzheimers.org.uk/sports to use Alzheimer’s Society’s symptoms checklist, get further information and donate to help fund research into early diagnosis.

By Communications department