The school is proud to be fundraising for The Organisation for Social Change, Awareness and Responsibility (OSCAR), a not-for-profit organisation, which provides football coaching and education to underprivileged boys and girls, who are in education in Mumbai and across India. OSCAR offers a unique programme that not only teaches sport to children and youth, but also helps them to understand the value of education and so provides them with an alternative to life on the streets.
The idea to bring an OSCAR football team to the UK in October 2017 was met with enthusiasm from the Mumbai slums and four other UK schools. The money raised will fund the tour and crucially an ongoing educational programme, ensuring that hundreds of children benefit. The tour will fly fifteen children from Mumbai to the UK for a mix of sport and education. The tour will educate and enrich the children, who will return to Mumbai with experience and knowledge to pass on to their friends and siblings and prove that an education really does pay off.
Fundraising events at Beaudesert so far have included a Bollywood disco and a sell-out curry night, but the main event has been The Big Beaudesert Dribble. Pupils aged 3-13, parents, staff and even some famous football players gathered sponsors and donned trainers to dribble footballs the total 4,543 mile distance that lies between the Gloucestershire school and the Indian football team’s home in India. Pupils were thrilled to be joined for the final push by former Arsenal and England goalkeeper David Seaman, as well as three players from local club Forest Green Rangers – Rob Sinclair, Sam Wedgbury and Omar Bugiel.
The dribbling effort was also helped by Ashok Rathod – founder of the innovative OSCAR Foundation in India, and the person who developed the football tour initiative in the first place.
The money raised by Beaudesert will not only help make the football tour possible, but also support the wider work of the OSCAR Foundation. Deputy Headmaster, Colin Macintosh, commented; “We’re very excited about this. It’s a real privilege to play a part in giving these children an experience that might encourage them to embrace education and lead more fulfilled lives. The OSCAR Foundation does some fantastic work, and we’re really looking forward to welcoming Ashok and the boys to Beaudesert in the autumn.”
We are so grateful for the donations received so far, but we are still aiming to reach our fundraising target. Please continue to support this wonderful cause by visiting the My Donate fundraising page on the link below: