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28 April 2022

Skipper supports Football Welcomes with visit to Needham Market FC

Club captain Sam Morsy visited a group of Suffolk-based refugees yesterday evening at Needham Market FC.

More than 30 refugees enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the festival organised by Suffolk FA, as part of Amnesty International’s Football Welcomes Month, hosted on the 3G pitch at Needham Market FC.

The group were presented with tickets to Saturday's match against Charlton Athletic at Portman Road which were donated by the Community Trust.

“This initiative is amazing," Sam told the Club website.

“There’s a very wide range of nationalities in similar circumstances so it’s something I have grown up with, but it’s great to see them all so happy. Football is really universal; everyone coming from different places but enjoying the game together and having a great time. To see them playing with smiles on their faces is ultimately what it’s all about.

“It’s so important that the Club are trying to build that connection within the community. It’s just going to make the Club stronger, and that’s amazing.

Football Welcomes month is designed to celebrate the contribution players who have a refugee background make to the beautiful game, and how football can play a role in bringing people together within communities.

Sam spoke to the group, before signing autographs and posing for photos.

One of the refugees said: “We do get bored being inside a hotel all the time, so we really appreciate what you have done for us tonight. 

“We will not forget what you have put on for us – it will be a nice memory for us, and we are very grateful to Sam Morsy for coming along as well.”

Suffolk FA Football Development Officer (Growth), Kirsty Smith, added: “We were delighted to be able to deliver a Football Welcomes Festival for these refugees.

“We have been working across Suffolk over the last few months, so it was great to be able to bring everyone together and have a celebration of all the hard work.

“It’s essential that we use football as a tool to help refugees integrate into the local community. It’s clear that football is a powerful force for good, bringing people together and providing a sense of belonging."

Multiple organisations were to thank for playing their part to provide an enjoyable experience for the refugees, including Wots Up Day Centre, Needham Market Football Club, Suffolk FA, Stowmarket Tesco and Amnesty International.

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