Sanctuary Football Supporters Club

Sanctuary Football Supporters Club (SFSC) aims to connect refugee support charities, which include football activities as part of their services, with football clubs in England at every level of the game.

The project provides regular opportunities for members to attend match days at local clubs. This allows those making the UK their second home and are passionate about football, to experience the culture and excitement of a match day experience in a welcoming and supportive environment. The inspiration for setting up the club came from Manchester Refugee Support Networks, Refugee World Cup which takes place each year as part of Refugee Week and features twenty 7-a-side teams participating in a knock-out competition.

Attending football matches is one way to help those who have recently arrived in the UK to integrate into their new local community. SFSC helps to break down barriers such as cost of tickets and travel and provide a positive match day experience for participants by working closely with charities, clubs and supporters groups.

Working with photographer Liam Aylott we will document some of the activity. We will also invite participants to get involved in creative activity running alongside the project including taking and sharing photos, making banners, making up chants and songs. This activity will culminate in a significant exhibition as part of Journeys Festival International Manchester 2020.

The project will focus on Greater Manchester and the North West in a pilot phase. If you would like to get involved in this exciting project don’t hesitate to get in touch. dan@artreach.biz

SFSC is a partnership project initiated by ArtReach producers of Journeys Festival International and Manchester Refugee Support Network supported by Football Supporters Federation and Kick it Out’s Fans for Diversity initiative.

For more information please contact Dan Williamson, ArtReach Producer, on 0161 2734090 or dan@artreach.biz

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