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STRASSENKICKER.Courts - football pitches for all in Cologne

A project from Lukas Podolski Stiftung
in Köln, Germany

Lukas Podolski Foundation builds public football pitches in Cologne and enables organisations to work on them with socially disadvantaged kids.

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About this project

The money raised on this platform supports the STRASSENKICKER.Courts project of Lukas Podolski Foundation. In cooperation with the City of Cologne, we build high football and basketball pitches in different parts of the city. Thus we want to ensure locations for children to do sports in the long term. They need space to be active and be with their friends, to spend their free-time not in front of TV or their mobile phone only. These places seem to disappear amongst all the apartments and office buildings in a big city. We think that everybody shall be able to do sports on high quality pitches, especially when they cannot afford a club membership.

By doing so, we support the work of social organisations working with children through sports - for example RheinFlanke, a local organisation which realises many activations with kids and teens, from regular training to e.g. conflict-solving workshops and support to find a job.

Since 2015, four STRASSENKICKER.Courts have been built in Cologne: in Gremberghoven, at Holzmarkt, in Bocklemünd and in Altstadt-Süd. The next pitch is currently being planned in Buchforst (Mülheim). Donations will enable to build this fifth court. 


Which course your path takes depends on many things: family and friends, having a mind of your own and using your own initiative, the support of others, and, of course, a bit of luck and whether you stay healthy. But it also always has to do with chances. The chances that you get, and the chances that you seize.

As you know, my life has taken a smooth path. But for many, this is not so. How can you seize a chance if you never get a chance in the first place?! 

Above all, I want to give prospects to socially disadvantaged kids. The chances at a good life are not evenly distributed. They depend on which country and which social class people are born into. It’s unfair and I’m fighting against this. I want to use my abilities and my celebrity status to bring attention to this situation and, through my foundation, to collect funds for sports and educational projects.

My foundation enables those who want to join together with me to help support our work and our projects. I guarantee that 100% of every donation goes into the work of my foundation and supports projects which demonstrably help socially disadvantaged children and young people find their way through sports and education.

I appreciate each and every one of you who choose to join us. There is still so much to do – and you can help!

Yours, Lukas Podolski

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