Afghanistan Women's Dev Football team to Dorking

by International Surrey Football in Dorking, Surrey, United Kingdom

Afghanistan Women's Dev Football team to Dorking
We did it
On 6th May 2022 we successfully raised £1,005 with 15 supporters in 28 days

Helping to bring the Afghanistan Women's Development to Surrey for an international friendly against a Surrey county representative team.

by International Surrey Football in Dorking, Surrey, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The extra donations will help us to expand on what we've able to do and consider long term objectives to support the Afghanistan Women's Development team and consider more fixtures and opportunities going forward.

Who are we?

International Surrey Football, debuted in 2018 with a senior men's team, in 2021 we debuted our women's team in a behind closed doors friendly against the University of Surrey Women's team. In July 2020 we co-founded the World Unity Football Alliance, a federation of 19 internationally based representative football teams aligned by the common values of empathy, compassion, equity, honesty, and respect for universal human rights. We work equitably together on projects, campaigns, and events that elevate the Alliance’s mission and values, and those of each of our teams.

The Afghanistan Women's Development team, facing the threat of persecution and death for simply playing football as women, were able to escape the Taliban in September following the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan and they finally made it safely to the UK in November 2021. Currently living in temporary accommodation we're working to help arrange for the team to travel to Dorking in Surrey for a friendly fixture against our senior women's team as part of a 2-day trip for the team which will include other team building activities and more to help spread awareness of their situation, but to most importantly to allow them to do the thing they enjoy more, playing football.

We are looking to arrange a friendly between the Afghanistan Development side and our senior women's team on Sunday 29th May at the Meadowbank Stadium in Dorking, Surrey. Supporters will also be able to attend the game and support both teams.


Community impact

By arranging this friendly football match we hope to continue to raise awareness of their situation and the importance of ensuring women and girls have access to play football and enjoy it safely, these players have been through a lot over the past year and we hope this experience will be worthwhile for them, but also not the only opportunity they have to represent their country.

The players recently had the opportunity to travel to London and play against the UK Parliamentary Women's team, opportunities like this and the one we're hoping to arrange for Sunday 29th May are so important.


Why are we crowdfunding and how we’ll spend the money raised?

The money that has been raised through a mixture of crowdfunding, sponsorship, and other donations to help cover the expenses related to the trip, includes a coach to bring the Afghanistan team to Surrey from the temporary hotel accommodation they are currently based at, overnight accommodation at a hotel in Dorking, food for the duration of their trip, and match related expenses include pitch hiring costs, match official fees, and other associated expenses. Additional costs for any other activities planned may also be required.


How you can play your part

There are four simple ways to help us reach our target, and make this project a reality.

1. Make a pledge and claim your reward. Don’t delay if you’re going to support us because momentum is key to our success!

2. Spread the word. Share our project on your social media pages and tell the world to get behind us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get.

3. Corporate sponsorship for larger donations are available, please email us directly to discuss the opportunities available.

4. Create a fundraiser of your own. Use the button on our page to get started. Setting up your own page only takes a few minutes and you won’t need any bank details. Just a fun idea!

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This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£5 or more

4 of 1000 claimed

Match ticket

Secure your general admission ticket as a donation, the game will be open to spectators and this will help the money reach us sooner.

£7 or more

2 of 1000 claimed

Match ticket and programme

A 32-page match programme will be prepared and available for the fixture, you can pre-order your programme to collect on the day.

£10 or more

0 of 50 claimed

Special Thanks (Ticket and shout out)

Give an extra special thanks and secure a match ticket and have your name included on a special thanks page in the match programme.

£100 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Match officials fees

All referees deserve to be paid for their time, they're an important part of the game, but you can help us by covering the cost of the match officials on our behalf. If you're able to attend the game you will receive 5 tickets and match programmes.

£500 or more

1 of 6 claimed

Coach travel and accommodation expenses

The largest expense is of course the coach and accommodation fees, with roughly 5/6th of our expected costs to be related to these 2 items. Donating this amount will cover a significant portion of the overall costs and if you're able to attend we will provide you with 10 tickets to the game as well as match programmes.

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Video Live Stream

Sponsor a video live stream allowing anyone unable to attend in person the opportunity to watch the game and have it shared with a global audience. This cost will allow a third party to manage everything related to live streaming the game and we will aim to give you a shoutout during the game.

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