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 paul.south@mfcfoundation.co.uk for more details, or ring 01642 767674

Win The Shirt They Wore On An Historic Day

IT was Chris Wilder’s first game in charge and the Boro players proudly wore shirts with MFC Foundation replacing 32Red across the front, thanks to a generous agreement with Kindred Group.

Saturday November 20th 2021 was a day to remember.

The shirts worn, and in the case of the unused substitutes match issued, by the players on duty that day are up for auction.

https://www.matchwornshirt.com/club/middlesbrough/1175 is the link you need to see if anything catches the eye and within your price range. As much as we would like the shirts to raise as much money as possible for us here at the Foundation, we would only want you to bid if you can afford it – please auction responsibly.

Have a look through the gallery of action shots from the game, then have a look at the auction site.

If you’re bidding, thank you and good luck! If not, just enjoy the pictures taken by Tom Banks and Andrew Varley.

The auction closes at 3pm UK time this Sunday, November 28.