Norfolk County FA is joining footballing communities across the country this month to welcome refugees and people seeking asylum, as part of Amnesty International’s Football Welcomes campaign.
The campaign, which is now in its fifth year celebrates the contribution players from a refugee background make to the game. It also highlights the role football can play in bringing people together and creating welcoming communities for refugees and people seeking asylum.
As part of this month’s celebrations Norfolk FA want to celebrate and promote the great work New Routes does in support of refugees and asylum seekers in and around Norwich. The organisation set up the “New Routes Community Football sessions” to give refugees and asylum seekers in Norwich the opportunity to have an informal kick-about with friends.
Patrick Heaton-Armstrong, New Routes Adult Support Coordinator, said: “We all know that exercise is great for physical and mental health, and having the chance to meet, chat with and play alongside other refugees and asylum seekers helps participants to stay motivated, make friends and feel more at home in their new city. The sessions allow the players to have fun and showcase their talents, and many have gone on to play for local clubs in Norwich.”
Rachel Cossey, Senior Football Development Officer (Inclusion), said: “We are proud to be able to support organisations such as New Routes and see the important role football can play in bringing people together and creating welcoming communities. It is great to be able to highlight this during Amnesty Football Welcomes Month and promote the positive work that New Routes is undertaking.”
Want to get involved? The group play every Tuesday evening from 19.40-20.40 at UEA Sports Park. The cost is £1.50 per person per session. For more information on how to attend a session click here.