We are proud to partner with Oxford’s Charity Football League (CFL), a social enterprise which donates 100% of its profits to Jacari. The league was founded in 2012 by Jacari Trustees Jamie Dear and Jonathan Fennell. Their idea was a social enterprise raising money for Jacari by running local football leagues.
The CFL offers players in Oxford an opportunity to take part in leagues and competitions, with regular refereed matches played at Iffley Road Astro. Following a break during the Covid-19 lockdowns, the Spring 2021 season kicks off in April. Players can sign up individually, with friends or as a ready-made team.
Since 2012, the CFL has given over £70,000 to Jacari, helping us to provide free tutoring to hundreds of children with English as an additional language. We are enormously grateful for this amazing partnership, which has provided us with a regular source of funding for our Oxford branch.
Alex Whitton joined the CFL as a volunteer in 2017, taking over from Jamie Dear in overseeing running of the leagues in Oxford and a one-off tournament in 2018 with another local charity, Cowley Road Works. He told us:
“I initially volunteered for the CFL to gain experience helping a local social enterprise and to help a great cause. I soon found that the Charity Football League was an amazing initiative bringing people from all backgrounds in Oxford together to play football in a competitive but friendly atmosphere. The sense of community and cause were really inspiring and rewarding parts of being involved with the league, not only did the league bring people together, it supported a fantastic charity with a similar ethos of inclusivity.”