Chagos Islands FA launch Chagos Academy
The Chagos Islands International Football Association have launched the 'Chagos Academy,' a new initiative to ensure the team can help more young Chagossians represent their community and celebrate their heritage.
The team has grown over the past few years, helping more Chagossians get involved in sport in a healthy, safe and supportive environment. Many players are the grandchildren of those deported from the Chagos Islands, and still live with the consequences of the those deportations.
By donating to support the Chagos Academy, you have the opportunity to win a series of perks, including match balls, replica shirts and (if you're very generous) the opportunity to play for the team itself!
The team had been due to play in the CONIFA World Cup, an alternative football tournament for countries, communities and regions not officially recognized by the UN, but the COVID-19 pandemic meant this has been postponed. As the team prepares to start playing games again, your support will be more important than ever.