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.

Contact for more details, or ring 01642 767674

A Ladies Day To Remember

THE first event collaboration between MFC Foundation and Teesside Hospice not only raised significant funds for both charities, it brought a real feelgood atmosphere and music and laughter mixed with prosecco and afternoon tea.

Generously sponsored by Nanny Bears, the afternoon, hosted by Sara Fellows, included a race day event that had the whole room involved, the multi-prize tombola sold out and the entertainment provided by George Williamson was something to behold.

A huge thank you to everyone who attended and made it such a success.

Plans are already underway for next year’s event. If you would like to register your interest nice and early, e-mail Alan or Paul at or