The Chagos Football Association needs your support!
Please make a donation to help us fund our training program.
Chagos FA is a community football club that directly benefits young Chagossians through their involvement with the team whilst strengthening solidarity throughout the entire community.
The team provides young Chagossians with an important social activity, an opportunity to meet with their friends, and share their ideas.
Our football matches are important events for raising awareness about our campaign for return to our homeland. It is our way of showing that we will not be defeated by the British government.
The Chagossian people, a population of 2000 or so people were forcibly removed from their homeland by the British government in the late sixties and early seventies. Ever since then we have been fighting for return.
We have an opportunity to enter the ConIFA World Football Cup in 2018
ConIFA, the Confederation of Independent Football Associations, is the football federation for all associations outside FIFA. ConIFA supports international football teams from nations, de-facto nations, regions, minority peoples and sports isolated territories.
The Chagos FA will take part in the lead-up tournament - World Unity Cup 2016 - a four-team football tournament taking place in London on August 25th to the 29th. The winner qualifies for the ConIFA World Football Cup 2018. The competing teams are: Tamil Eelam Football Association, Chagos Football Association, Darfur United, and Ellan Vannin International Football Team.
Our goals for the fundraiser
We need your financial support to help us pay for training facilities, equipment, and transport for the World Unity Cup. £1,500 will help to pay for some new training kits for new players, new balls, and to hire the training ground. We also need to pay for coach travel to and from the tournament.
Chagos FA are looking for a team sponsor. Any local business in Crawley who might be interested please get in touch.
Our campaign - Football, Community, Return the the Chagos Islands!
The football team is a great way for us to get our message out to people. Many people have heard about the Chagossian struggle and our campaign through our footbal matches and involvement in tournaments like the ConIFA World Cup. It is our way of showing that we will not be defeated by the British government.
Please support us by donating towards this crowdfund and sharing our campaign with your friends. Any small donation will help with our campaign and when people talk about Chagos FA more people learn about the Chagossian struggle for return to our homeland.