Club Doncaster Foundation has been running sport activities to make people seeking sanctuary feel welcome, develop their skills and connect communities.
Through Amnesty International’s Football Welcomes initiative, Club Doncaster Foundation has been running special football activities at the Keepmoat Stadium to support people seeking sanctuary. Because of this work, the Foundation was selected by Amnesty International as one of five (out of 91) professional football clubs to help them better run Football Welcomes projects for people seeking asylum and refugees. Some of the Foundation’s activities can be seen here.
The Football Welcomes Community Project is a three-year initiative to harness the power of football to create more welcoming communities for refugees across the UK. The Foundation says it will continue to work closely with Doncaster Conversation Club United (DCC United) to help members of the community who have had to flee conflict and persecution develop a sense of belonging and purpose as they settle into their new life in the UK.
Over the past couple of years, the Foundation’s health and wellbeing team have given asylum seekers the opportunity to take part in sport throughout Doncaster. This includes: invitations to match days, football sessions at Club Doncaster Academy on a Friday afternoon, and opportunities to play on the Keepmoat Stadium turf alongside Rovers supporters and Fit Rovers members.