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Pep Guardiola will launch a humanitarian charity to support projects in Britain and his native Catalonia, named in honor of his late mother Dolors Sala Carrió, who died after contracting coronavirus last year. The Manchester City manager, already well established as a philanthropist and politician in Catalonia, will announce the Guardiola Sala Foundation in the weeks following his Premier League-winning team City will face Chelsea in the Champions League final next Saturday . The foundation’s name will commemorate his mother Dolors, who died in April last year at the age of 82, after seeing her eldest son pursue an illustrious playing career with even more remarkable years of management. The foundation will focus on raising funds for established charities, some of which Guardiola, 50, has worked with, including the Salvation Army. He took part in the football tournament for residents of the Salvation Army homeless centers which took place in Manchester more recently. Guardiola will also continue to support the Open Arms charity, an NGO that conducts search and rescue missions for vulnerable refugee boats in the Mediterranean Sea. The Guardiola Sala Foundation also plans to work with the Barcelona charity Casal dels Infants which supports children and young people in the disadvantaged Rabal district of the city. The objective of the foundation will be to support, through sport, vulnerable people and programs to help them integrate into society. It will specifically raise funds and support existing existing organizations. Guardiola is hosting a pro-am golf tournament, and there are also plans to create a summer football school program under the Guardiola brand, which will raise funds for the foundation. Josep Guardiola Sala is the full name of the city manager and the surname is shared by his three siblings, his younger brother Pere and his older sisters Francesca and Olga, as part of the Catalan and Spanish convention of children taking the names of their parents. There will be an involvement in the founding of the whole Guardiola family. Their 90-year-old father Valentí still lives in the original family home in the town of Santpedor, north of Barcelona. Guardiola’s long-time assistant Manuel Estiarte, six-time water polo Olympian and Spanish sports icon, along with a fellow Catalan, will be one of the administrators along with his brother Albert. Estiarte, considered one of the greatest water polo players of all time, has worked with Guardiola at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now at City where his observations on preparation, player psychology and organization are much appreciated. He is part of Guardiola’s inner circle. The motive of the Guardiola Sala Foundation will be an ampersand to signify its intention to collaborate with charities and partner organizations. The foundation will be incorporated in Great Britain and registered with the Charity Commission. It will act as an umbrella organization for all of Guardiola’s charitable and philanthropic works. His personal sponsors, German sportswear brand Puma, are also expected to be involved in one way or another. The city manager has been heavily involved in Open Arms, which is based on the Greek island of Lesvos. He paid £ 130,000 for one of Open Arms’ lifeboats, Proactiva, to undergo urgent repairs that had confined him to dry docks in Sicily. This season, Guardiola has made a habit of wearing the Open Arms-branded gray hoodie on the sidelines of games, catapulting the charity into international consciousness.