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Sport and refugees weekly: 3 October 2021

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Sport and refugees weekly: 3 October 2021

Want to know what's happening in the world of sport and refugees? Here are the top headlines for the week ending on 3 October 2021.

FIAS to create refugee sambo team to compete at major events (insidethegames)

The International Sambo Federation (FIAS) is planning to create a national refugee team to compete at its major events. The FIAS is following in the footsteps of the IOC, whose refugee team made its debut at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Sambo is a martial art and combat sport developed by the Soviet Red Army in the early 1920s.

Cobblers welcome 50 Afghan refugees to Sixfields for game against Sutton (Northampton Chronicle)

50 Afghan refugees currently staying in Northamptonshire while adjusting to their new life in the UK were invited by the Cobblers to watch a football game against Sutton United. The group of refugees are big football fans, and this was a small gesture by the club to welcome them to their new homes.

Fostering social cohesion through sport in Kenya (sportanddev)

The Sport for Development in Africa (S4DA) project, supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is using sport to unite and promote peace between refugees and host communities in Kenya. More than 100 community coaches and sports teachers have been capacitated, and over 4,000 children and youth attend regular S4D sessions.

Afghan girls’ soccer team settles in Portugal, welcomed by national women’s captain (CBC)

Girls of the Afghan national soccer team were granted asylum in Portugal and had a surprise visit from the captain of the Afghan women’s team. Farkhunda Muhtaj, a professional player who lives in Canada, spent weeks arranging their rescue from Afghanistan, and reunited with the team in Lisbon last week.

Not all youth soccer players have the same opportunities, and some Iowa clubs try to shrink that gap (Iowa Public Radio)

Sam Gabriel is the director of the Genesis Youth Foundation football club. He came to Iowa as a refugee from Liberia and created the programme so that kids could have a level playing field in soccer and in life. The club emphasizes soccer as a way to build and work towards goals that can be realized.

Kent Refugee Action Network receive funding for sports activities (In Your Area)

The Kent Refugee Action Network, a local charity, has been able to secure funding from the Kent Community Foundation to offer sports activities to young refugee and asylum seekers. This new funding will allow the programme to broaden its reach to new areas in the community.

Meet the SoCal team bringing soccer and hope to Darfur refugees (LA Times)

Gabriel Stauring and Katie-Jay Scott work with the Refugees United Soccer Academy in Chad, home to around 370,000 Darfuri people, bringing football to the children who may not experience much joy outside of that space. They have found that when the children experience joy in a peaceful environment where they are seen as whole people, the effect is transformational.

Carlise United opens its doors to embrace young refugees (News&Star)

Carlise United’s club community sports trust invited refugee children who have arrived in Cumbria over the last year or so to watch a football match in their new home. United’s CST launched an inclusion programme last year which uses sport and physical activity to integrate refugees into the community.

Men’s volleyball team introduces sport to Afghans at Fort Pickett (Liberty University)

The Liberty University men’s volleyball team went on a trip to the Army National Guard Base at Fort Pickett in Blackstone, Virginia, to play volleyball with some of the 6,000 Afghans who have found refuge there since the Taliban seized control of their country last month. The trip was part of an outreach exercise organised by the University and the Department of Defense.

Africa’s rising soccer stars train in Egypt’s refugee academy (Reuters)

Francis Deng Kowal, a professional soccer player, has founded a soccer academy in Egypt to inspire young African refugees through the sport. Watch a short video on his initiative.


This information has been compiled by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.


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