The journey begins with a rugby ball and children on the street, Matthew Spacie inaugurates Magic Bus.


400 children hop onto the journey.


Magic Bus registers as a
Non-Profit Organisation. The journey begins with a rugby ball and children on the street, Matthew Spacie inaugurates Magic Bus.


Our first feat – winning the Ashoka Fellowship. We set the foundation of our Magic Bus Centre for Learning & Development at Karjat.


Our first award – World Bank Development Marketplace. We start Magic Bus UK. 2,000 children are riding with Magic Bus.


We ride to United Nations.


We partner with Sterling University and UK Sport on Monitoring and Evaluation.

We present our programme approach to the United Nations, Switzerland.

Host the first residential camp at the Magic Bus Centre for Learning & Development in Karjat 3,500 children are riding with Magic Bus.


We partner with Premiership Football, FIFA, and Royal Dutch Football Association.

Magic Bus football team launched. We launch first Livelihoods programme pilot called Connect.

The first corporate and private school programmes are held at our Magic Bus Centre for Learning & Development, in Karjat.

Matthew Spacie awarded Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to children to the Commonwealth.


We create Magic with UNICEF’s International Inspiration Programme.

Our first batch of Community Youth Leaders are trained.

We talk to the Parliament of India.


Appointed as technical advisor to UNICEF on a programme with the UK Government(UK Sport), Ministry for Youth Affairs and Sport (MYAS), Government of India(GoI) to take Sports for Development (S4D) to communities across India.


We organise the Maidan Summit – first international Sport for Development meet in India.

MYAS, GoI selects us as the Knowledge and Implementing Partners to develop model.

Panchayat Yuva Krida Khel Abhiyan Centres in two districts of Maharashtra (Sangli) and Andhra Pradesh (Medak).

20,000 children hop onto our journey.

We start Magic Bus USA.


2nd Maidan Summit organised. 39,000 children are riding with us.


We present at the UN Organisation for Sport Development and Peace meeting in Geneva.

A historic moment – Matthew Spacie is an Olympic torchbearer at the London Olympics 2012.

2,00,000 children hop onto our journey.


We present at the International Olympics Council Meet at Lima, Peru, on the uses of sport for development 2,72,000 children are riding with us.


We win Laureus Sport for Good Award and the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Award.

We host Next Step, India’s first-ever Conference mandated by the UN, with 95 Speakers and 450 participants.


Our Magician, Matthew Spacie wins the Beyond Sport Leadership Award.

We are featured in Stanford’s Social Innovation Review.

1st Livelihood Centre inaugurated.

2,94,000 children are riding with Magic Bus.


We win Charity of the Year Award at Asian Voice Charity Awards, UK, and UEFA.

Foundation for Children Award We begin work in Nepal and Myanmar.

3,94,000 children are riding with us.


Harvard Business School does a case study about Magic Bus.

Our training function receives ISO accreditation.

We receive the Millennium Alliance Award, Round IV, for innovative practices in the Livelihoods space.

We begin work in Bangladesh.


Our Livelihood Programme is restructured to make it market-driven.

We sign an MoU with Government of Maharashtra to implement our programme with 1.5 Lakh children.

We win the ET Now Leadership Award for Education and Learning.

Matthew Spacie wins Social Entrepreneur of the Year by Business Standard.

We receive Second scale-up grant from Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives.


We sign an MoU with Chandrapur, Bhandara and Aurangabad District Collectors to implement a further scaled-up programme with 3.5 Lakh children.


Together we can create a world where children break free of poverty and lead fulfilling, rewarding lives.

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