our history

Crossworld has its roots in a drop-in football project that started at the Refugee Council in November 2006, founded by legendary volunteer Kenzo Fry with the help of many young people who remain part of Crossworld.

This drop-in session, known as the Friday Project, continues to this day – with Crossworld having taken it over from the Refugee Council in the summer of 2011. Since then we have built on these foundations, in particular with tournaments and participants getting experience as coaches.


The other side of Crossworld is the Football Club Project. Crossworld’s first outings as a competitive football team came in a seven-a-side league in Dulwich between August 2008 and February 2009, before making its debut in an eleven-a-side football league in May 2009: with Matthew Terdre, Julian Wild and Ben Bryant at the helm.

In April 2011 Crossworld became a registered charity, and three months later took over responsibility for the long-running and hugely successful Friday Project, the weekly drop-in session that started it all off in 2006.

The club won its first silverware in the 2011-12 season, claiming the London Football Weekend Cup – and (even more pleasingly for the coaching staff) the Sportsmanship Award, voted for by every team in the league.

We are proud to run as an independent charity, but still retain strong links with the Refugee Council.