Leicester City refugee footballers are given a Clarets Welcome

Leicester City refugee footballers are given a Clarets Welcome

On Saturday 16th March, before the Burnley FC vs Leicester City FC fixture, participants from Burnley FC in the Community’s Clarets Welcome sessions welcomed Leicester City’s LCFC Community Trust to our brand-new facility, The Leisure Box in Brierfield, to bring together our refugee participation projects.

Our Clarets Welcome project sees adult male participants take part in free football and coaching sessions to assist with their transition to life in the UK. Our current project includes several participants who have resettled in Burnley and East Lancashire from Syria, after becoming displaced from their country due to the ongoing conflict.

The participants took part in a fixture which BFCitC won 4-1, before enjoying food prepared by Firas – one of our Clarets Welcome participants who used to cater for large groups while living in Syria. The participants then visited Turf Moor to watch the game between Burnley and Leicester.

Michael Colquhoun, BFCitC’s Head of Young Peoples Services, said: “We were delighted to host LCFC Community Trust’s participants and staff for this fixture and celebration. Our Clarets Welcome project has been a great success so far and has grown at a rapid rate, participants come from not only Burnley but the surrounding areas of Rossendale and Hyndburn.

“The sessions allow the participants to take part in welcoming football sessions in a safe environment which helps with their integration into the wider community. The participants can also access other opportunities through our charity, such as volunteering and employability training.

“We have seen a huge impact so far and the project has given the participants the chance to represent Burnley FC in the Community, which they did with great pride. We are looking forward to visiting Leicester in the near future for a return fixture.”

To find out more information about Clarets Welcome please visit: https://www.burnleyfccommunity.org/inclusion/clarets-welcome/. Alternatively, you can contact Michael on 01282 704716 or m.colquhoun@burnleyfc.com.