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Mumbai-based Oscar Foundation, working on the principle of Sports for Development (SFORD), has announced its fourth tour to the United Kingdom for underprivileged children.
Mumbai-based Oscar Foundation, working on the principle of Sports for Development (SFORD), has announced its fourth tour to the United Kingdom for underprivileged children. Oscar Foundation is sending 2 girls Jyoti and Aman from Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan to UK on 1 October 2023 on a 15-day tour to participate in the cultural exchange programme.
These children will play friendly football matches with European school students during their tour to the United Kingdom. Along with this, 10 girls and boys from Mumbai and 4 children from villages around Yadgir in Karnataka are also being sent on United Kingdom football tour. The Oscar Foundation uses football as a motivational tool to encourage children to stay in school and prepare for the future.
14 year old Jyoti is a class 10th student who wants to join civil services.
Through football and life skills, education and youth leadership programmes, the Foundation has helped empower 15,000 children and youth from economically disadvantaged communities in India since 2010.
14 year old Jyoti is a class 10th student who wants to join civil services. His father is a TV electrician, while his mother is a stay-at-home mom. Jyoti lives with a family of eight, including two sisters, a brother and her grandparents, in her village in Jhunjhunu district. Jyoti is a center mid-fielder, who plays football with full enthusiasm. She will be the first girl from her village to travel by flight to a foreign country. Jyoti hopes that she will gain valuable information about culture, education and sports in the United Kingdom which she will share with her family and friends when she returns.
Aman, studying in class 11, is an ambitious young girl, whose family consists of five members.
Aman, studying in class 11, is an ambitious young girl, whose family consists of five members. She plays for her team as a forward on the field. His play demonstrates his dedication to football. Aman dreams of representing the Indian women’s football team one day and is working hard for it. Aman is very excited about her upcoming trip to the United Kingdom as it will be her first visit to a foreign country and she will be flying in a plane for the first time.
Aman says that in the United Kingdom, she intends to learn as much as possible as the tour will be a unique experience for her. Her goal is to share her new knowledge and experience with the children of her village, and especially the girls, so that they too can be encouraged to dream and fulfill them.
Elaborating on the UK Tour 2023, Ashok Rathore, Founder, Oscar Foundation said, “We strongly believe in the transformative power of sport and our football and life skills program is a testament to this. Through this program we not only help children acquire the necessary skills, but we also motivate them to play football as well as enhance academically. We are thrilled to partner with Oscar International and give these kids the incredible opportunity to travel to the UK and play matches against European students. This year, 16 children from Mumbai, Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan and Yadgir in Karnataka will visit the UK under this programme.
He said- Our aim is to promote their development and preparation for the future through sports. We are thrilled that we are helping these children emerge as role models in their communities. Our mission is to inspire youth from economically weaker sections of the society to strive for their goals and build their future. Through our programs, we aim to provide them with the resources and support they need.
Since the Oscar Foundation was established, 107 children and youth have traveled abroad to tour and tournaments in several countries, including the United Kingdom, Spain, the United States and Denmark. This year, it will be the fourth UK tour after successful tours in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Through the tour, schools across the UK host these beneficiaries and play friendly football matches, as well as organize educational, cultural and extra-curricular activities. Over the years, Oscar has been visited by celebrities including World Cup winner Juan Mata, Arsenal legend Tony Adams and HRH Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh during UK Tours.