Football Welcomes

Refugee group line up for a photo in a football goal

MFC Foundation have teamed up with the Methodist Asylum Project (MAP) and the North Riding FA to deliver a three-year pilot project funded through Amnesty International aiming to create more welcoming communities for  refugees and those seeking asylum in the local area.

The Football Welcomes initiative will see the Foundation offer football and educational provision for those who have sought asylum in Middlesbrough as a result of fleeing war, conflict and the risk of persecution in their home countries.

The participants are from all over the world: Iran, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine and many more.  At Football Welcomes, they will get the chance to work together as a team, to develop skills, and remember the fun and sense of belonging which team membership gives.

They will also get a real sense that Middlesbrough, through the football club Foundation, is extending welcome and friendship, which is a priceless feeling for anyone.

The weekly sessions held at the Herlingshaw Centre and other facilities across the Middlesbrough area see male and female participants take part in ESOL provision, football and also receive volunteering opportunities at the Foundation and the football club.

In creating more welcoming communities, the Foundation is looking to create alliances with supporters groups, encouraging regular attendance at sessions and friendly matches throughout the year.

An Ultra Run For MFC Foundation – An Ultra Special Memory

ON Saturday morning, June 19th 2021, Lisa Hay will set off from Carlisle to complete The Wall, a seventy mile endurance run that will end on Newcastle Quayside at 9am on Sunday morning. 

Lisa will be running for an incredible 26 hours to raise money for MFC Foundation in memory of her friend Lee Butcher, a Boro season ticket holder and lifelong fan.

Lee, a father of two, was due to become a granddad before he tragically lost his life at just 41 years of age.

Lisa described Lee as a fun loving, big hearted man (and wind-up merchant!) who had been a huge support to her on her previous runs.  As a mental health nurse Lisa is very aware of the challenges life brings to people on a day to day basis, she believes that being active is a key part to maintaining good mental health and this has motivated her to complete the London Marathon, The Great North Run and a 35 mile Edinburgh “Rat Race”.

Alongside a sky dive this running has raised thousands for charities including Cystic Fibrosis, Mind and the Mr Men children’s charity.

Lisa read about the work of the Foundation in the newspapers and felt that raising money for the charity would be a fitting tribute for Lee. If you would like to support Lisa please visit her just giving page:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=LisaMichelleHay-1&pageUrl=4

You can also follow her live progress during the run, using her number (0292) at:

http://www.ratracetracking.co.uk/