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A 20-week football programme for asylum seekers new to Walsall and more established refugees who would like to be more active, the project delivers weekly football sessions with training, alongside English lessons, volunteering opportunities and the chance to relax and socialise in a friendly environment. All of these project strands supports participants with their health and well-being. The pilot project was a resounding success! Alongside improved well-being, football provided the backdrop for a take up in local college English lessons with a formal qualification, community involvement and a sense of pride of what can be achieved when working in partnership.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This programme is an extension of a pilot that has already taken place, with additional elements such as volunteering opportunities and time to socialise . The benefits were vast hence seeking funds to continue to run the project, with increased opportunities and an additional eligible co-hort. Benefits are: Improved well being Informal and formal education opportunities Volunteering opportunities Community cohesion Partnership working across local organisations The Head of Insight, Health and Wellbeing at Active Black Country, said of the pilot: “It was great to see those talking part having fun and making new connections. Many of these people have fled their home country and can feel extremely lonely and isolated in a new country where some of them don’t speak the language. Providing them with an opportunity to get some physical activity and learn some English so they can build relationships and have positive social interactions is really important.
Steps to get it done:
Feedback from the sessions has been positive with one participant saying, “The first months when I became a refuge in this country, I felt lonely and depressed but since I started playing football in this stadium, it affected my whole feelings. It made me more friends and start new relationships, and it also made me feel better. I owe this to your kindness and efforts.”
About the space
Walsall Football Club