Their Beautiful Game was first established in 2009. One of our directors, Dave Oswell, was working as a teacher at The Scots College, Sydney, and initially took donations from the school to Ghana on a voluntary trip. Whilst in Ghana, Dave worked coaching football at schools and football clubs in Accra (Ghana’s capital city), and at the Buduburam Liberian Refugee Camp on Ghana’s south coast. On his return, Dave realised that more could be done to assist schools, football clubs and their players in impoverished areas. It is here that the foundations for Their Beautiful Game began.

As word spread, more and more people wanted to be involved – recognising the benefits of a simple transaction that provided underprivileged communities with the things they required in order to be able to play sport. Most of us have football boots or trainers we no longer use – either in the garage or sitting at the back of a wardrobe – so donations started to flood in, as did requests for help in other countries.

Since 2009, 1000s of boots, 100s of balls, dozens of team kits and stacks of training equipment has been collected and donated to footballers as far afield as the favelas of Brazil, India, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Kenya, Cambodia and Thailand, Indigenous communities in remote parts of Australia, as well as to homeless and refugee football teams in urban Sydney.


We work with a range of organisations in Australia – schools, local football organisations and corporate partners – in ensuring the provision of football equipment to those in need across the globe. Due to the success of our projects, Their Beautiful Game was formalised as a not for profit organisation in 2016, and has DGR 1 Tax status. 


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About the Team

Their Beautiful Game is made up of a board of 4 directors – Dave Oswell, Paul Liversidge, Jessica Klaver Preston and Stuart Emmins. All bring with them highly successful backgrounds, and a wealth of knowledge and skills from their chosen careers – which range from education and health, to communications and construction.

The team works to develop and refine our working practices and policies in the not for profit sector, sharing a common vision and passion to ensure we make a positive social impact with the communities and organisations we support.