January 21 – Amnesty International UK have joined with the English Football Association in issuing a free guide and online training series which aims to increase refugee women’s participation in grassroots football.
The guide will help coaches, clubs and others to set up football sessions with and for refugee women and girls in their community.
A number of football clubs across the country currently run free weekly football sessions with refugees to support fitness, help people feel part of the local community and reduce social isolation. But these sessions are often targeted at men and boys.
Amnesty and the FA hope the new guide will tackle this disparity and offer refugee women and girls across the country the same opportunities.
The 15-page PDF good practice guide and online webinar training series will be available to download from Amnesty’s website from January 21.
“We know that football has the unique ability to unite people and break down barriers while improving wellbeing,” said Baroness Sue Campbell, The FA’s Director of Women’s Football.
“As English football’s governing body, our key priorities include increasing participation and ensuring the game is accessible for everybody, including all women and girls regardless of their age, background, or circumstances.”
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