Oxford United are very proud to be helping make a difference to our friends out in Sierra Leone.
Alan Wolstencroft first visited Freetown in 2005 as a Rotary volunteer believing it would be a “one off life experience”, but realised he could make a real difference if he worked directly with the community. He recently visited Freetown for the 12th time and during that visit officially opened two new classrooms at the school and also linked up with the four Oxford United Mahera Wharf teams who have been supplied with kit courtesy of the U’s who also sent out footballs and t-shirts through Peter Rhoades-Brown who told us:
“The work that Alan helps with is life-changing and such a fantastic cause. It is our absolute pleasure to send them kit and equipment and to see the teams wearing OUFC kit is amazing.”
One of our parents in the Oxford United Academy has also been fundraising and told Alan:
“These children LOVE football, which provides a break from their hard life. They get together with friends and they PLAY. I am trying to raise money so these children can have the basic resources they need including food for after matches, and mattresses as many of them sleep on the ground. Several are orphans unable to attend school as they can’t afford school fees”.
“These children deserve to be able to play and have fun too - can you help? Even a small amount will make a big difference to these football loving kids”.
A crowdfunding page has received donations from OUFC academy parents and if you would like to help then take a look here: justgiving.com/crowdfunding/footballkidsafrica