Burnley FC in the Community is joining football clubs and other community organisations across the country this month to welcome refugees and people seeking asylum, as part of Amnesty International’s Football Welcomes campaign.
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 and creating more welcoming communities for refugees.
Football Welcomes this year coincides with the return of grassroots sport as lockdown rules ease, which provides a much-needed opportunity for people to reconnect with each other and their communities and to improve mental and physical health.
To mark the month, which is supported by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Burnley FC in the Community is excited to resume its Clarets Welcome sessions. This programme supports refugees and asylum seekers who have settled in Burnley and East Lancashire. At the free football sessions participants get the chance to develop skills, be part of a team and, most importantly, enjoy football in a welcoming environment.
Children in our Premier League Primary Stars sessions will also be learning more about the ‘Football Welcomes’ Month.
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 like Burnley Football Club are at the heart of their communities and football can be powerful force for good, bringing people together and a 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.”
Please keep an eye out on our social media channels over the next month to see the work we’re doing to support this campaign!
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