The story of Frank Soo is not well known and up until the release of “The Wanderer - The Story of Frank Soo” by Susan Gardiner in 2016, not many people had even heard of him. We believe that his story is of paramount importance because, even to this day, there has not been a player of Asian descent to have ever played for the England national football team.
The Frank Soo Foundation has its roots in the Chinese Community Challenge Cup, an annual 5-a-side football tournament that has generated thousands of pounds for our partners every year. It wasn't until 14th June 2017, when we officially registered, that the foundation was born. We are a non-profit organisation that strongly believes in our community and works hard to support it.
The Foundation’s objects are for the public benefit and in particular (but without limitation) members of the Chinese and East Asian Community, both in the UK and overseas, to:
advance the public’s knowledge of the story and legacy of Frank Soo;
promote community participation in healthy recreation in the sport of Football and other sports capable of improving health;
advance young people in life through their involvement in football or other sport for the public’s benefit;
to promote equality and diversity in football and society generally; and
to further such other purposes as are charitable according to the laws of England and Wales for the benefit of the public as the Directors may decide from time to time.
We are Frank’s legacy. Our desire is to support the next generation of young footballers as they make their journey within the footballing world.
There is a large community of Chinese and East Asians and we believe within that, a large talent pool that has the capabilities to be one of the greats, like Frank. We hope to be able to support and guide them in their journey, via methods such as purchasing kits and other tools needed to be successful, and providing a background in which they can thrive, through means such as coaching.
Get to know the dedicated board members and passionate staff behind The Frank Soo Foundation. We come from all walks of life and are united in our passion to promoting Frank's legacy and lasting change in the community. Our team is made up of highly trained experts in a variety of fields. Read on to learn more about who we are and what we do.