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.

Boro Shirts To Be Auctioned For The Foundation

Sunday’s visit of QPR is a landmark game for two reasons.

It is the first home game for Neil Warnock following away games at Stoke and Hull and for the first time ever MFC Foundation will be on the front of the Boro shirts.

Earlier this week we and the club were lauded for the work done in the community, particularly in recent months during the pandemic. EFL chairman Rick Parry singled out the club this week for the impact of our work with the local community.

Seasonal shirt sponsors 32Red have donated their front of shirt to MFC Foundation as a one-off gesture aimed at raising substantial funds for the charitable arm of MFC.

Every one of the match-worn shirts will be up for auction, with the funds raised donated straight to the Foundation via the website

This will be the first time the Foundation has been on the front of Boro’s shirts, and the auction is a unique opportunity as these shirts will not be worn again.

The auction will start from kick-off on Sunday (2pm).

*After the game, all shirts will be screened and passed through a UV process first used by Real Madrid to remove any traces of DNA and bacteria. 

The process is germicidal and is also known as Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation and is applied to each shirt inside and out.