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TOWN SUPPORT FOOTBALL WELCOMES INITIATIVE

22 April 2021

This is everyone's game

The Club is proud to be supporting Amnesty UK’s Football Welcomes initiative at Saturday’s home match against AFC Wimbledon.

Football Welcomes celebrates the contribution players with a refugee background make to the beautiful game, and the positive role football can play in bringing people together and creating more welcoming communities. 

Everyone wants to live in a place where they feel safe and welcome. For people fleeing conflict and persecution, football can play a hugely important role in helping to settle into a new country and culture, to make friends, learn the language and get to know the local area.

The Club have partnered with Suffolk Refugee Support (SRS) as part of the initiative, and we’re delighted that Isaac and Milan will be virtual mascots on Saturday. SRS work with both Isaac and Milan’s families.

Isaac and Milan have received a gift from the Club shop, an official virtual mascot certificate and a copy of the matchday programme.

Suffolk Refugee Support is an independent, local charity who has worked with refugees and asylum seekers in Suffolk for the last 22 years.

They understand the power of football to break down barriers and help people from different backgrounds to find a common language, so alongside their other projects, they run a Sports Group with 5-a-side football teams.

For some of the young men involved, getting out on the pitch can help them escape past experiences and trauma and deal with the stress and anxiety of uncertain futures and separation from loved ones.

The Club previously supported Football Welcomes in 2019, hosting a local refugee team’s training session at Portman Road, before providing them with match tickets to Town’s Easter clash with Swansea City.

For more information about the work Suffolk Refugee Support undertake, visit www.suffolkrefugee.org.uk


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