I graduated from University of York in England with a bachelor’s in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). I’m now studying at UP Diliman in the Philippines for my Master’s in Politics.
My main job is running the Fairplay for All Foundation.
Fortunately I’ve managed to travel a lot. Most of my travelling has been in South East Asia and I took a gap year before Uni and worked with a charity in the Phillipines for 3 and a half months, and Kenya for a similar time. Two years later I got the chance to study in Singapore, at NUS, for a year as part of my bachelors and had a really long summer break so returned to the charity because I loved it, and worked again for three months as a volunteer.
After my degree I came back to the Philippines as I wanted to get involved with development work. Then football exploded in the Philippines and in Payatas, a poor community where I was based. Suddenly the kids wanted to learn – so I started coaching them. Then Naomi Tomlinson came over and together we started the Fairplay for All Foundation. Part of that is running football clubs for kids who live at a rubbish dump and often scavenge for stuff to sell, recycle and even eat. These kids are amazing though and while football itself doesn’t break the poverty cycle it provides a platform and an opportunity to do so. It helps kids dream again. With a level playing field these kids excel, and with the right opportunities anything is possible here.
Since, we were able to expand into progressive education, sustainable nutrition, social enterprise and more. The goal is to build 100% self-sustainable projects that empower the community. Eventually I hope to get fired because my job is no logner needed.
Contact me at: roymond @ hotmail.co.uk or the charity at ffafoundation @ gmail.com