Girls Football Team from India’s Low-Income Communities Gear Up For UK Tour
A U-17 girls football team comprised of players from Mumbai slums and rural parts of Jharkhand will leave for OSCAR #kicklikeagirl UK Schools Tour 2018 on September 30, 2018. The team with support from the British deputy high commission, Mumbai will play against some of the top UK schools like Malvern College, Bradfield College, Downe House, St Mary’s Calne, Heathfield Ascot, and the Cheltenham Ladies’ College.
Interestingly, the schools opposite whom the U-17 girls’ team is scheduled to play in the UK have been raising funds for them and working hard to make their UK experience a memorable one. Until recently, many of the participating girls did not own a passport and this will be their first time going overseas, so their excitement is inspiring.
The U-17 girls’ team is formed by OSCAR Foundation, a not for profit organisation based in Mumbai which uses football as the tool to encourage girls and boys from low-income communities towards completing their education.
“Young girls from India’s low-income communities face all kinds of discrimination. Since their parents are uneducated, they are often forced to leave school or are married off at a young age. OSCAR wants to empower these girls and change the mindset of their parents. We want these girls to believe in themselves, give them opportunities to showcase their talent, and let them dream big,” says Ashok Rathod, Founder, OSCAR Foundation.
The U-17 girls team will be hosted by HRH The Countess of Wessex at Windsor Castle, and be the guests of Manchester United and Everton FC, visit the London Eye, Go Ape during their UK Tour.
British Deputy High Commission Mumbai has been supporting the Kick Like A Girl project for the past two years.
British Deputy High Commissioner Crispin Simon said: “I want to thank all the schools hosting the girls from Mumbai’s OSCAR Foundation. The UK government supports empowering of young girls and giving them opportunities to succeed. I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for the girls and staff of the host schools — I hope you will find it an enriching opportunity and the one that stays with you for all of your lives.”
OSCAR #kicklikeagirl UK Schools Tour 2018 also marks 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote in the UK.
About OSCAR Foundation
OSCAR (Organisation for Social Change and Responsibility) Foundation is an award-winning Mumbai-based non-profit that not only teaches Football to children and youth but also helps them to understand the value of education. OSCAR Foundation encourages children from low-income backgrounds to take responsibility for their community’s development and supports them in achieving their maximum potential. Since 2006, OSCAR Foundation has reached out to over 3000 children and youth in Mumbai, Karnataka, Jharkhand, and Delhi. Visit http://www.oscar-foundation.org to know more about OSCAR’s Programmes in India.
For media enquiries, please contact:
Communication Manager, OSCAR Foundation