Cambray FC

Cambray FC is a church based team representing Cambray Baptist Church in Cheltenham and was established in August 2002.

It plays in the Cotswold Churches League and Cup competition. This is a Gloucestershire FA affiliated league currently consisting of 10 other Church-based teams from Cheltenham, Gloucester, Tewkesbury and Chipping Campden.

In 2009, at the club AGM it was agreed that we would seek to help address the social injustice faced by the 250 million Dalits (untouchables) in India, by working with the charity RED International in its programme of building schools for Dalit children.

In 2010 we organised an event called ‘football4dalits’ – an attempt to break the Guinness World Record (GWR) for the ‘longest ever football match’ to raise a target of £30,000 to help build a school in India.

Though we believed at the time we had broken the record, achieving 35 hours, we learned later from the GWR organisers that another team had completed a longer time at around the same time of our attempt.

Though disappointed, nevertheless we had achieved our objective which was to raise the funding to build a school.  In fact, through the generosity of so many, we far exceeded our target, raising over £40,000 for RED International.

We are pleased to report that subsequently land was purchased in an area in Tamil Nadu, Southern India, a first class started in temporary accommodation and building work commenced on the school.  (see Gallery for photos)

In 2012, we are embarking on our next event to continue our support for the Dalit schools building programme, by attempting the 3 Peaks Challenge – ‘3peaks4dalits– aiming to raise £30,000 once more.  Please support us in bringing freedom to the Dalits through provision of education for their children, which will help to break the cycle of poverty and injustice they face because of the caste system.