The Leisure Box hosts Clarets Welcome tournament

The Leisure Box hosts Clarets Welcome tournament

Burnley FC in the Community were proud to host a Clarets Welcome tournament at The Leisure Box on Friday to highlight Refugee Week.

Also competing alongside a team representing Burnley were Liverpool FC Foundation, Club Doncaster and MFC Foundation (Middlesbrough), with Liverpool the eventual winners.

Refugee Week is a festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. 

This year, Refugee Week was a celebration of community, mutual care, and the human ability to start again.

Founded in 1998, Refugee Week is held every year, enabling people from different backgrounds to come together and share their own experiences.

And Clarets Welcome is a programme aimed at men over 16 who have settled in the Burnley or East Lancashire area having been displaced due to conflicts.

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.

Lewis Hickie, Premier League Kicks Co-ordinator at BFCitC said: “It was great to host the Clarets Welcome tournament last week.

“We really appreciate Liverpool, Doncaster Rovers and Middlesbrough coming here to play in a competitive but fun tournament which highlights an important issue around the world.

“Through the power of football, we have helped raise awareness of the work that we do within Burnley and East Lancashire to support refugees locally.”

Find more about Clarets Welcome here: Clarets Welcome – Burnley FC in the Community (burnleyfccommunity.org)