What we do

What we do

Every year around 140,000 people are admitted to hospital with a brain injury.  It can mean losing both the life you once lived and the person you once were. Brain injury can challenge every aspect of your life – walking, talking, thinking and feeling – and the losses can be severe and permanent. Once people return home after being in the hospital or rehabilitation centre, normal life begins again and that’s where the real challenge begins. 

The Edwin van der Sar Foundation provides a range of services that help people with brain injury to build up their new life again, including special sports programmes, a career support programme for young professionals with brain injury and social reintegration. We also provide information and support in how to keep your brain fit and healthy with our prevention programmes.  
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Edwin and Annemarie van der Sar
The Foundation was founded in 2012 after the active sport career of Edwin van der Sar as a professional goalkeeper. Edwin and his wife Annemarie have consciously chosen for the aim of their Foundation, since Annemarie herself is a brain injury survivor. At the age of 36 she had a brain hemorrhage (bleeding). She and her family experienced the great impact that brain injury can have on every day life. The chances that were given to her through the network of Edwin made her realize she was very lucky and she recovered quite well. She wanted other people to have the same tools and possibilities that she had. That made Annemarie and Edwin decide to start a Foundation to support people with brain injury. They are both very much involved. Annemarie as chairman of the management and board and Edwin as the patron and ambassador.