NAC and Unibet help refugees to build a new life in Breda through activities
The participants, who joined the activities, are refugees who have fled from their home countries and are now trying to build a new life in Breda. The participants were paired with NAC supporters, who could tell them more about what the club stands for. The full programme of the activities can be found below.
Last month, the first activity for the new Breda residents was scheduled and the participants were expected at 14:00 in the NACademy. Once everyone was inside, the campaign could kick off with an introductory game. After everyone had introduced themselves and it became clear what the project was about, it was time for a tour of the Rat Verlegh Stadium, concluded with a team photo along the holy grass.
The second activity took place on a sunny Thursday afternoon on 4 May and at 13:00, the refugees were again welcomed at the NACademy. A special guest was also present, namely John Karelse. After lunch, a NAC cycling tour was scheduled. Together with a guide, the new Breda residents cycled past many places in Breda that can be linked to NAC. After the bike ride, the second activity also came to an end.
On Friday 12 May, the refugees came to the Rat Verlegh Stadium for the last activity. At 18.30 everyone gathered in the NACademy to eat together. When everyone had eaten their fill they left for the stands to watch the NAC – Heracles Almelo match. After the match had come to an end, everyone said goodbye to each other and the campaign came to an end. In the video below this post you will find a nice atmospheric impression of this successful day.
EFDN initiatives, related to integrating newly arrived refugees
The Welcome Through Football 2021 project aims to assist in the integration and inclusion of recently arrived young refugees, asylum seekers and young people with a migrant background. EFDN and partners will develop and test a European methodology that uses football as a tool to reach refugees and migrants from different ages (7-25 years old) to get them physically and social active in European communities.
Welcome Through Football is an EFDN initiative and the current projects across Europe receive funding from the Eramus+ programme of the European Union and the UEFA Foundation for Children. Moreover, the project assists football coaches and youth workers in the development and sharing of effective methods in reaching out to the marginalised target group, in preventing racism and intolerance.