During April, Club Doncaster Foundation celebrated Football Welcomes month with a range of activities for participants to be involved in.
The Football Welcomes programme encourages and supports asylum seekers and refugees to settle into their local communities through the power of football.
One of five community organisations partnered up with the Football Welcomes Project, we continuously work to create a more welcoming environment through football, delivering a number of football sessions on a weekly basis for refugees and people seeking asylum.
Throughout April, football club foundations from the Premier League, English Football League, Women’s Super League, Scottish Premiership and non-league and grassroots teams across the country put on events and activities to welcome refugees and people seeking asylum, and highlight the role that football can play in creating more welcoming communities.
This year, those who attend the weekly sessions delivered by the Foundation, were joined by Doncaster Rovers first team player & social inclusion ambassador, Joseph Olowu, who came along to speak to participants about his own career in football and hear what Football Welcomes month and the sessions mean to the participants, before watching their game.
Participants also got the chance to play a friendly match against other participants from the Fit Rovers project, giving them the opportunity to put into practise, all the hard work that takes place within the weekly sessions.
Doncaster Rovers also showed their support of Football Welcomes month, by wearing the Amnesty International t-shirts during their warm up, at the home fixture against Newport County.
The participants were given tickets for the Rovers fixture against Newport County, watching the game from the stands, to help celebrate and be a part of the Football Welcomes dedicated fixture.
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