Raheem Sterling to launch foundation for deprived children

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling is planning to launch a foundation aimed at helping disadvantaged young people.

Sterling, 25, said he wanted to create something "humongous" for the people he was helping with the organisation which would focus on social mobility.

The England international's charitable body would help those supported by Marcus Rashford, who plays for his club's rivals Manchester United, and his food poverty activism.

Speaking to the Sunday Times magazine, Sterling said: "That's me finished with the 'what can happen, what should happen'. Now I'm trying to put into place stuff I can do myself.

"Stuff to give young people in the same circumstances I was in another shot. If there is a university they want to go to, football equipment they need, other things ... I want to be a helping hand."

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Manchester City's Raheem Sterling kicks the ball during warmup before the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (Alex Livesey/Pool via AP)
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling runs for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the Champions League group C soccer match between Atalanta and Manchester City at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game against Crystal Palace, during their English Premier League soccer match at Selhurst Park in London, Sunday April 14, 2019. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)
Leicester City's Jonny Evans on pitch, and Manchester City's Raheem Sterling battle for the ball , during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Monday, May 6, 2019. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)
FILE - In this Monday, March 25, 2019 file photo, England's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring his side's fifth goal after hearing racist chants, during their Euro 2020 group A qualifying soccer match against Montenegro at the City Stadium in Podgorica, Montenegro. FIFA is doubling its minimum ban for racist incidents to 10 games, and will start inviting players to make victim statements at disciplinary hearings. Stricter handling of racism and discrimination allegations is a key theme of the redrafted FIFA Disciplinary Code which takes effect next week. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, file)
FILE - In this file photo dated Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, Manchester City's Raheem Sterling during the English Premier League soccer match against Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad stadium, in Manchester, England. A man, named Karl Anderson, on Wednesday Dec. 20, 2017, has been given a 16-week prison sentence for racially assaulting Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling outside the club’s training ground. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, FILE)
Raheem Sterling, del Manchester City, festeja al final del partido amte el Manchester United en la Liga Premier, en el estadio Old Trafford de Manchester, Inglaterra, el domingo 10 de diciembre de 2017. El City ganó 2-1. (AP Foto/Dave Thompson)
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring his side second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Southampton at Etihad stadium, in Manchester, England, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling chases the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling smiles, during a training session at the City Football Academy, in Manchester, England, Tuesday March 14, 2017. Manchester City will play Monaco in a second leg Champions League Round of 16 soccer match on Wednesday. (Peter Byrne/ PA via AP)
Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori, left and Manchester City's Raheem Sterling battle for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park, in Liverpool, England, Sunday Jan. 15, 2017. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)
Slovakia's Martin Skrtel, right, challenges for a ball against England's Raheem Sterling during their World Cup Group F qualifying soccer match in Trnava, Slovakia on Sunday Sept. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Bundas Engler)
FILE - In this Sunday, June 14, 2015 file photo, England's Raheem Sterling, bottom, is challenged by Slovenia's Ales Mertelj during the Euro 2016 Group E qualifying soccer match between Slovenia and England, in Ljubljana, Slovenia. A person familiar with the situation says Liverpool has reached an agreement with Manchester City over the transfer of England winger Raheem Sterling for 49 million pounds ($76 million). (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)
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The Sunday Times reported Sterling was still working on the finer details of the foundation, but that his contribution was likely to be seven figures.

It added he has asked his club and his main sponsors to match his contribution, meaning the fund could top £10 million.

He said: "It comes down to, OK, I come from northwest London, I move out of my area – what good is it if I take all I have made in life, my success and just build a big house somewhere? I'm happy, cool, but that's not who I am."

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