On Tuesday afternoon, Cheltenham Prep played host to the OSCAR Foundation, a charity set-up to support and mentor children from slum communities in India by teaching them the value of education using football as a tool.
Following a tour of the school where they took part in music and art lessons, the boys aged between 11-13 were surprised by a visit by local football star Aaron Downes. Aaron is the Captain of Cheltenham Town FC and treated the visitors to a skills workshop alongside boys from the senior school.
Nick Nelson, Director of Internationalism and Culture at Cheltenham College, who last year organised a fundraising "World Cup" to help bring the OSCAR children to England commented, "Aaron was fantastic with the children. They were in awe to meet him and he was a real gentleman. It was very kind of him to take the time to come and support such a great cause before their match in the evening. Thank you Aaron!"
Later in the afternoon, the boys, who have to stay in school and out of gangs to be eligible to play, took on a Prep School team made up of Year 7 and 8 pupils, winning a tight match 1-0. The fixture was played in a great spirit with both squads giving their all!
For more information on the OSCAR Foundation, visit their website here: http://www.oscar-foundation.org/