St Albans City Youth FC Celebrating Refugee Week
In celebration of Refugee week, St Albans City Youth FC played a friendly match against a group of young refugees (Wednesday 20th June) now living in St Albans.
St Albans City Youth FC’s Community and Apprentice Manger, Chris Samways, has been coaching the group for the past 6 weeks after originally meeting the group earlier in the year at the Herts Welcome Syrian Families Youth Group meeting. “Having met the group and identified what they wanted to gain, we as Club felt that we could provide a great opportunity for them to be coached in football and engaged in the local and club community” Chris Samways.
The senior football club have also been supporting the refugee group by providing free tickets to watch St Albans City FC play in the National League South before narrowly missing out on play-offs.
The match was a great opportunity to raise awareness of refugees and share a passion of football that bridges communities and backgrounds. With the World Cup and Refugee Week upon us it was fantastic to see the two teams play out a fantastic 3-1 win for the Refugee team (Playing in Red).
St Albans City Youth FC is proud to be a community club and this work is needed for us to be representative and supportive of our diverse local community. The group have desires to continue to be coached and hope to join a league in the near future, with even a few hoping to gain qualifications to become coaches themselves with support from Herts FA.