We're proud to be supporting Amnesty UK’s ‘Football Welcomes’ month, celebrating the contribution refugee players make to the game and the role football can play in creating more welcoming communities.
Now in its fifth year, Football Welcomes celebrates the contribution players from a refugee background make to the game, and highlights the role football can play in bringing people together, creating more welcoming communities for refugees.
Many clubs from across the Premier League, English Football League, FA Women’s Super League, Championship and National League, Cymru North and South, and grassroots teams, have signed-up to take part in Football Welcomes.
Some are organise training sessions or a match or Soccercise classes for refugees. Some are incorporating learning about refugee rights into their work in schools, while others are having first team players warming-up in Football Welcomes T-Shirts and helping to raise awareness online.
Naomi Westland, Movement Building Manager at Amnesty International UK, said: “With the long-awaited return of outdoor activities, we are excited to see the commitment from the footballing community to come together and welcome refugees.”
“Clubs are at the heart of their communities, and football can be a powerful force for good, bringing people together and providing a sense of purpose and belonging. For those who’ve fled conflict and persecution and had to leave everything behind, this is incredibly important.”
“It’s heartening to see football clubs across the country doing great work in their communities to show there is more that unites us than divides us.”
For more details on Football Welcomes, please follow this link. Information on grassroots Essex football can also be found in the menus above, by following @EssexCountyFA on Twitter and by searching for ‘EssexFootball’ on Facebook.