The Barça Players’ Association is a non-profit organisation which was created in 1959 with the aim of guaranteeing the quality of life and preserving the spirit of FC Barcelona ex-players, by taking part in the activities run by the organisation.
A brief history
The idea of setting up an Association for FCB Players first came about in 1946, when a group of ex-players wanted to take steps to encourage relations between each other and not lose the friendships they had made when playing together, as well as also wanting to continue to be a part of the Barça spirit. The Association was formally constituted in 1959, and it was then that another equally important objective began to be considered: that of helping those ex-players who after finishing playing had not been successful in their new professional lives.
Barça Veterans Foundation
The Barça Players’ Association therefore came into being as a non-profit organisation with the aim of helping ex-players in need of financial or social aid. The support given to ex-players, whether it is educational, financial or medical; is channelled through the Barça Veterans Foundation, which was created in 1995, during the presidency of Ladislao Kubala.
In October 2016, the Barça Players’ Association was awarded the Creu de Sant Jordi (St. George’s Cross); the highest civilian honour awarded by the Government of Catalonia, for the constant humanitarian aid it offers to all members and their families who find themselves in difficult situations.