Blues and Adidas help local refugee team
As part of the adidas Football Collective initiative, Town and adidas have donated kit to local refugee team, Unity FC.
Adidas’ initiative is designed to help grassroots and amateur football teams across Europe with a provision of 150,000 free kits.
Local refugee team, Unity FC were formed over the last 18 months and their team is made up of players from 15 different nationalities, with the majority of the team being asylum seekers.
Manager, Clem Turner, spoke to the Club website about how much of an impact the kits would have on his team and explained their plans for the future.
“We’re really grateful to adidas and Ipswich Town,” Clem told the Club website.
“We want to build another team, who will need another kit, so this will save us a few quid.”
Unity FC trained at Portman Road as part of the Football Welcomes initiative in 2018 and they’re now playing competitive football in Ipswich.
“The boys are now playing in Division 3 of the Ipswich & Suffolk League. The aim was to always get the boys playing competitive football,” Clem added.
“It’s been hard work, but seeing the boys who were asylum seekers out on the pitch playing competitive football has been fantastic and really rewarding.
“Our aim has always been to get the boys off the street and doing activities.”
Blues and adidas also donated kit to Coplestonians girls U14s and to Ipswich Town Community Trust’s disability and lower-socio-economic programmes.
As well as provision of men’s, women’s and youth kits there will be a range of colourways and sizes available. The initiative will be open to footballers in the following countries; UK, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Poland, Hungary, and Czech Republic. Simply visit https://www.adidas.co.uk/footballcollective, go through the adidas app or connect with participating local teamwear retailers.
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