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City of Liverpool FC are appealing for donations of clothing items we can distribute to Afghan refugees.
We will all now have seen and been moved by the heart-breaking scenes in Kabul and beyond, as Afghan citizens are attempting to flee their country to safety.
Many Afghans arriving in the UK are doing so without any possessions and with only the clothes on their back.
City of Liverpool FC in the Community has strong links to Liverpool’s migrant communities through its ground-breaking Football For Everyone scheme offering free football sessions for refugees and asylum seekers, and preventing social exclusion.
Over the past 5 years of its existence, many of the scheme’s participants have been Afghan refugees and asylum seekers.
The club therefore feels it is hugely important to support Afghan refugees in their time of need. We will be setting up a “Clothes Bank” taking in clothing donations at all home fixtures, starting at this week’s NPL West Division match against Glossop North End on Tuesday 24th August.
We will also accept donations at the club’s Community base The Purple Hub on Longview Lane in Huyton.
COLFC in the Community will then distribute items via local organisations supporting Afghan refugees.
The items which aid organisations are most in need of are as follows:
Shoes of all sizes
Packs of new underwear
Packs of new socks
Warm jumpers/winter clothing
We welcome clothing donations from Purps supporters and of course any away fans on matchdays, and anyone else kind enough to offer their support.
Donations can be brought to the attention of any COLFC in the Community volunteers who will be at all first team matches, or by dropping off at The Purple Hub.
Thank you for your support.
COLFC in the Community enjoyed the experience of playing at Anfield on Thursday 27th May, as they participated in a friendly match with Liverpool Homeless FC.
Our Community arm took a team of twenty participants from the Football For Everyone refugee integration scheme and Social Footy session, both of which run weekly at the Purple Hub.
The fixture saw Liverpool Homeless win 5-3 in an end to end game, and COLFC’s goals were scored by Andrew Harnick (2) and Liam Catling.
COLFC in the Community volunteer Michael Meadows said, “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for our participants, especially those who are Liverpool fans!”
“We’re grateful to LFC and COLFC for arranging the fixture and allowing us to play, it’s certainly something none of us will ever forget.”
“It was amazing in particular to share the experience with some of our refugee footballers who are a huge part of what we do. Seeing them running out at Anfield in their new home city was a brilliant moment for us all.”
“To think that we have played in front of The Kop when we originally started out with an informal kick about in Princes Park is frankly mind blowing, but it shows how far we have come as an organisation.”
“It was a fantastic experience for our Social Footy members too, who in the past few years have built a community of lads who’ve made friends through mutual love of football.”
“The kit we wore on the day was designed in collaboration with our refugee footballers and included the words ‘LoveFootballHateRacism’. As an inclusive club, we were proud to show our solidarity to fighting racism whilst fielding a diverse squad of comprising of various ages, abilities and backgrounds at one of the most iconic grounds in world football.”
City of Liverpool Squad: Chris Davies, Albashir Omar Altyup, Sam Pearson, Allen Weston, John Colfar, Khalid Hussein Hamid, Josh Skarratt, Wade Reid, Andrew Harnick, Tom Rogan, Dave McKnight, Adam May, Graham May, Sean Lindblad, Michael Meadows, Colin Gardner, Patrick Manning, Liam Catling, Tony Cassidy, Matthew Spencer, Mo.
One of our most popular community sessions is our Social Football game.
These sessions run each week (sometimes 2x week) and are open to people of all abilities and ages. It is a fun and friendly non competitive game played in the right spirit with plenty of social events thrown into the mix too.
Our sessions are held Sundays at 12:30PM and Wednesdays 7-8PM at the purple hub in Huyton
We play in 5/7 a side tournaments for those that want to play competitive football but not commit each week too.
Registration: Please ensure you read and sign a registration form before your first session.
Footwear & Clothing: We recommend wearing astro turf footwear and shin pads. We also suggest you bring water and clothing suitable for the current weather conditions.
Rules: Very similiar to 5 a side football except no running or jogging and minimum physical contact which includes no from behind or slide tackling. Full rules will be explained at your first session.
Socials: As our group expands we will be setting up social events as well as fixtures, tournaments and other football related events.
Cost: £4 Per Session
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