Norwich City is joining football clubs across the country this weekend to celebrate the contribution refugee players make to the game as part of Amnesty International’s Football Welcomes campaign.
Football Welcomes, now in its third year, highlights the role of refugee players in UK football. From a group of children fleeing the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s who went on to become some of the first refugees to play professionally.
The aim is to support Amnesty International UK in making Football Welcomes even bigger this year to show that EFL clubs are open, welcoming and proud of their diversity and ability to bring together people from all backgrounds.
To mark the weekend, the Club recently invited a local refugee support group from the New Routes Project to Carrow Road. The group took part in a stadium tour, learning all things Norwich City and were involved in a football tournament which took place at Carrow Park later in the afternoon.
EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey said: “Football Welcomes highlights the vital role football and our 72 clubs can play in bringing their communities together.
"Refugees have made a significant and lasting contribution to professional football in this country and we are proud to support this important initiative to celebrate the impact they have had on the game, whilst also making local refugees and people seeking asylum feel welcome at EFL matches.”
Naomi Westland, Football Welcomes Manager at Amnesty International UK, said: “We are delighted that Norwich City Football Club is taking part in Football Welcomes. Football clubs are at the heart of their communities and it’s great to see teams across the UK using the international language of football to create connection, respect and friendship across cultures.
"With so many people across the globe forced to abandon their homes due to conflict and instability, it’s important that football clubs use their platform to send out a clear message: refugees are welcome here.”