The OSCAR Foundation U17 Boys’ UK Tour 2019 Arrives at Shoreham College

Ashok Rathod, one of the founders had visited back in May to discuss how the College could raise money for the programme, which helps lift children out of the slums and into education.

A combination of a sports event in the Ashok style, a cake sale and the generosity of our parents raised over £1000 towards the cause.

The life-changing football tour for the U17 team of 15 boys got underway last week, with the boys visiting Eton and Marlborough College amongst others, before arriving at Shoreham College.

The day started with a handball coaching session alongside our Y11 GCSE pupils, with a tournament to finish. A hearty lunch in the Lewis Hall and then a walk over to Shoreham Academy where we had organised a football tournament to include OSCAR, Shoreham College, Shoreham Academy and Lancing College, kindly hosted on the Astro pitches by the Academy. A great tournament, enjoyed by everyone, saw the two OSCAR teams competing against each other in the final!

After the celebrations finally diminished, they had a calming lesson in DT, where the boys were shown the ins-and-outs of a 3D printer and then went on to make a laser-cut keepsake to take home with them.

Richard Taylor-West, Head, said 'It was amazing to have the boys from India on-site with us today. Their energy and openness was positively infectious and, quite honestly, they showed us a thing or two about football. We hope we gave the boys an experience they will remember with fondness too. What I will always remember is the human warmth of the day and that sense that we all belong to one world, as one community.'

Further details about the charity can be found here: