We use the power of football and a network of Young Leaders to develop life skills and improve educational attainment for children from underprivileged communities in India.
A world where all children and youth have an equal opportunity to succeed.
We are using the power of
football to deliver life skills to children
from underserved communities
2012First Young Leader outreach training conducted
2011OSCAR starts sessions for girls
2010OSCAR Foundation is registered as a charitable trust
2017Common Goal co-founder Juan Mata announces OSCAR as its first member
2018OSCAR starts ‘Enabling Change’, its disability inclusion project
2014OSCAR’s first Digital Learning Centre opens
2013OSCAR partners with FIFA Foundation for S4D projects
2019OSCAR opens its first football turf and wins the Dana Cup tournament in Denmark
2020OSCAR partners with Manchester City FC for S4D projects
2023OSCAR crosses 5000 active participants across locations and expands to Rajasthan and Daman
OSCAR Foundation is registered as a charitable trust
OSCAR starts sessions for girls
First Young Leader outreach training conducted
OSCAR partners with FIFA Foundation for S4D projects
OSCAR’s first Digital Learning Centre opens
Common Goal co-founder Juan Mata announces OSCAR as its first member
OSCAR starts ‘Enabling Change’, its disability inclusion project
OSCAR opens its first football turf and wins the Dana Cup tournament in Denmark
OSCAR partners with Manchester City FC for S4D projects
OSCAR crosses 5000 active participants across locations and expands to Rajasthan and Daman
OSCAR Foundation is a community based Sports for Development (S4D) organisation. It uses the power of football to encourage children to stay in school and equips them with skills to be resilient and future ready. Through our Football, Education and Young Leader programmes, we have empowered over 14,000 children and youth in low-income communities of India, since 2010.
OSCAR believes the core values inherent in football are principles necessary for community development. Based on our ‘No School, No Football’ policy, OSCAR Foundation provides football and life skills sessions to children from underprivileged communities on the condition that they attend school regularly. We cover life-skills topics like Empathy, Communication Skills, Problem Solving, Creative Thinking and more. Our in-house curriculum delivered by AIFF ACCREDITED D licensed coaches imparts socio-emotional learning, value education and physical activity.
A Simple Idea
Ashok Rathod started OSCAR in Mumbai with one simple idea; he wanted to use football as a fun incentive to engage with children and discuss the importance of education.
OSCAR started providing youth from the community with leadership and life skills training. The trained ‘Young Leaders’ helped deliver sessions and mobilise their own communities helping create a wave of change.
OSCAR started computer courses for children in their communities to promote digital literacy, one of the organisation’s initiatives to help young people develop their digital skills and make them future ready
In addition to prestigious partnerships with Manchester City FC, FIFA Foundation, UEFA Foundation and Common Goal, 115 children from OSCAR programmes have visited 13 countries for various tournaments and exposure visits.
Introducing Life Skills Education
OSCAR soon generated interest among residents of the community and the programme soon grew expanding to multiple locations within the City. OSCAR soon incorporated WHO designed life skills into its programme.