Town host local refugee football training sessions
Ipswich Town Football Club is joining football clubs across the country this weekend to celebrate the contribution refugee players make to the game, as part of Amnesty International's campiagn.
Over the last couple of weeks, Town have welcomed a group of young footballers (a number of whom come from a refugee background) to train on the field-turf at Portman Road.
Around 25 players took part in the training session run by Clem Turner, Chairman of the Caribbean and African Community Health Support Forum (CACHSF). Clem explained that there are eleven different nationalities in the group and most of them were from a refugee background.
"With the amount of negative press surrounding our young people at present, positive steps need to be taken by all of us to provide meaningful activities and recreations for our young people," Clem told the Club website.
"This Group of young men are a multicultural group that has been together for a while now, and they all work very well with each other.”
The group, who are working towards a ‘Just Play Centre’ status in conjunction with Suffolk FA have previously trained at Goals Ipswich but Town offered them the use of the field-turf for two training sessions.
They were also given complimentary tickets to Town’s home match against Swansea on Easter Monday.