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THE Football Association and Amnesty International UK have launched a free guide and online training series aimed at increasing refugee women’s participation in football at grassroots level.
The resources, available to download from Amnesty’s website from today, are designed to help coaches, clubs and their foundations, county FAs and others to set up football sessions with and for refugee women and girls in their community.
A statement from Amnesty International UK said: “A number of football clubs across the country currently run free weekly football sessions with refugees to support fitness, help people feel part of the local community and reduce social isolation. But these sessions are often targeted at men and boys.
“Amnesty and the FA hope this new guide will tackle this disparity and offer refugee women and girls across the country the same opportunities as men and boys.”
Baroness Sue Campbell, the FA’s director of women’s football, said: “We know that football has the unique ability to unite people and break down barriers while improving wellbeing.
“As English football’s governing body, our key priorities include increasing participation and ensuring the game is accessible for everybody, including all women and girls regardless of their age, background, or circumstances.
“This guide will ensure coaches, clubs and organisations are better equipped to use the power of football to support female refugees and help them integrate into their local communities.
“We are now seeing more women and girls than ever enjoying the game at all levels and, through important partnerships such as the one between the FA and Amnesty International UK, we can ensure the game becomes truly inclusive and keep driving participation forward.”
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