The Vålerenga family offers help to Ukrainian refugees

18 March 2022

The Vålerenga family offers help to Ukrainian refugees

The Vålerenga Football family (Vålerenga Football, Vålerenga Football Elite and the Vålerenga Samfunn) spent last week planning activities for both children and adult refugees living at the reception at Helsfyr.

They have established a dialogue with the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration’s representatives at Helsfyr to map out what needs the refugees have and how Vålerenga can contribute in the best possible way.

”This is a somewhat confusing situation for everyone, so we have to learn and adapt things along the way. […] It has been very nice to experience the great commitment from parents, coaches, team leaders, volunteers and supporters around the club in recent days.”

Vålerenga Samfunn

The first activities were carried out last Friday and Sunday. There have been Ukrainian refugees at all three training matches that have taken place at Intility these days and they have conducted two activity sessions for children aged six and up. The goal is to have an activity almost every day in different forms, both outside and inside, and for different age groups. They will also offer tickets for the elite teams’ league and cup matches. Furthermore, they are in contact with Valle Hovin Videregående skole and other partners to see how they can together make the best possible arrangements for activities. The kindergarten at Intility has started a collaboration in relation to the very youngest children.

Vålerenga noticed that there were many nice people who wanted to contribute. As they got more overview, they involved more people in the work with the activities. They warmly thank the volunteers and staff who have lined up so far, say the three football leaders, Erik Espeseth, Jannicke Aas and Harriet Rudd.

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