Last Saturday Nottingham Forest took on Queens Park Rangers away at Loftus Road. The weekend was Amnesty International UK’s ‘Football Welcomes’ weekend, which is a charitable event where over 160 football clubs across the country will lay aside rivalries and come together to celebrate the contribution refugee players have made, and continue to make, to the game.
Over the weekend we teamed up with Queens Park Rangers and Amnesty International UK to give refugees from all over the world to experience their very first football match. We took down a team from the Second Chance Academy who work with refugees in the area to give them opportunities such as this one. Participants from our team came from all over the world, from places such as; Zimbabwe, Ghana, Iraq, South Africa, Malawi, Togo, Poland and more.
The teams had a mini match before the big game which everyone enjoyed, they got an amazing stadium tour of Loftus Road and even had to do some media coverage for Sky News! The refugees then had the chance to be flag bearers before the game on the pitch.
Our #FootballWelcomes campaign on @SkyNews this morning, highlighting how important football can be in making refugees feel part of the community. Thank you @QPR @QPRtrust @NFFC! And @lornashaddick ⚽🥅🙌 pic.twitter.com/F5wX84JP7a
— Amnesty UK (@AmnestyUK) April 28, 2019
Thank you to Amnesty International UK and Queens Park Rangers for making this experience happen and giving our team the opportunity to have the best day ever!