Field of Dreams was established as a grant making charity by Scottish businessman, Craig Paterson in August 2000 with the purpose of raising funds to find a cure for Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes: a condition his son was diagnosed with at the age of 10. Over the years, while retaining this core focus, Field of Dreams' aims broadened into more generally improving the quality of life for young people with diabetes through education and increased ability to manage the condition.
In 2011 the Board of Trustees took the decision to broaden the scope of its grant giving beyond Diabetes. Grants considered may include any charity or voluntary organisation nominated by the board as appropriate.
Just over £2.2M in total has been paid out or designated as payable to charities in the 15 years since Field of Dreams was established.
Of this, £258,000 has been awarded to various diabetes research, education and management projects, while £1,942,000 has been awarded (or set aside to be awarded) to a number of charities and voluntary organizations nominated by Field of Dreams' supporter clubs and sports partners locally, nationally and across the globe. For further information on these awards, please visit our Achievements page.
Since Field of Dreams is responsible for the distribution of funds raised by Football Aid's annual programme and other associated fundraising activities, it was agreed that a percentage of the money raised would be apportioned to the participating club's nominated registered charities as well as projects chosen by the board. One of the tasks of Field of Dreams is therefore to ensure that the club's preferred charities and voluntary organisations have access to and can readily receive these funds. For full details of your chosen club's charity awards, please visit the relevant team page in the Events and Matches section.