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To promote wellbeing and happiness amongst underprivileged kids through our passions for the sport, Football (Soccer). We envision a world where every child can have the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy the sport no matter what race, gender, or social class they come from.

Vision: A world in which every child is able, empowered and encouraged to play.

Long Term Goals : To build a sustainable pitch in Knapor, Cambodia allowing children to follow their dreams.

Our Profile

Footy For Friends is a group devoted to sharing passions in sport. Our goal is to give opportunities to play sport for underprivileged students all across the country and abroad. We have raised money towards giving equipment, bringing students to NIST to play and building pitches overseas in schools who cannot afford it. Whenever any group such as DWBI bring students to NIST we collaborate with them to provide the best coaching and tournaments possible.

Making a debut in 2015, Footy For Friends has hosted a large variety of fundraisers and events at school. Major events in the past year have included a Footy For Friends tournament, where the school community (teachers, students and staff) was brought together to play for a common cause. Other events organized include Jersey Day, Exhibition matches and practice sessions for children from other service groups who organize events at NIST. The money made has been used to help Sathya Sai, a school in Bangkok that provides free education for children, purchase sporting equipment so the children can experience the joy of playing soccer. The experience yields more value than just providing enjoyment, the sport also helps them develop a sense of teamwork and companionship with one another, not the mention the various health benefits.

Footy For Friends has spent the last 2 years organising fundraising, football events to help initiate a love of football within the NIST community to and to raise funds to pay for sporting equipment provided to members of the Sathya Sai school and for a football pitch ready to be built in Knapor in Cambodia. By providing this diverse range of communities with a chance to enjoy football as much as many of our members do, we believe we are providing a chance for a new/old passion to be enjoyed to the full.

Which UN Sustainable Development Goals Do We Support?

To provide a clear context for the aims of service groups at NIST, we align our projects to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations.” This NIST group supports the following goals:

Key Contacts & Experts

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Gatty (Gakuto) Y.

Gatty (Gakuto) Y.

Student Leader

Jean (Patarathana) W.

Jean (Patarathana) W.

Student Leader

Kane K.

Kane K.

Student Leader

Ian R.

Ian R.

Teacher Mentor

Sustainability & Transparency

All NIST service groups are held to our community’s high standards and values: integrity, caring, community and growth.

Funds Raised (THB)

With 129,327 Baht already spent on improving the community

Long-Term Goals

To have constant and stable funds going into the foundation so that they can continue to improve the lives of children and their families.


Expenses Breakdown

95% of all funds and resources raised have been directly funneled to the beneficiary communities.

Aayush Kogar (Class of 2018), Student Leader

As a service group, we aim to bring joy and enjoyment to the lives of underprivileged children living here in Bangkok. We hope to inspire and give these children an opportunity to enjoy the small pleasures of life, even something so simple as football. We realized that simply sharing a passion of our own allows to our peers from every class, religion and age can put a smile of their faces. This gives us drive and motivation to worker harder, succeed more and help the community around us.

Billy Mycroft-Edwards (Class of 2019), Student Leader

When thinking of how to express what footy for friends really represents, I came across the question, what is football to me? Football is my life. Sometimes I feel as though football is the only thing that can lift my spirits and make me feel weightless, like I can do anything. Although it sounds a bit cliche, I would be a shell of a man without it. Football lights up my day, and fills me with a burning passion that fuels me to keep going and keep pushing. I wish to provide all with the same joy I experience when playing. I wish that all, regardless of their race, gender, social class or ability level, can have the chance to feel what I feel when I play football. That is why I joined footy for friends service group.

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