On Saturday, April 15 2023, over 50 asylum seekers and refugees participated in a football tournament organised by Celtic FC Foundation and Hackney Council in Mabley Green, London.
The tournament is part of a joint project set up by the Foundation and Hackney Council which has been running for three months. It aims to meet the identified mental and physical health needs of asylum seekers living in hostel accommodation in the borough by delivering weekly football sessions and an accredited leadership qualification for up to 30 participants.
The project was established when the Hackney Council Community Health Outreach Team and the council sport and recreation department approached Celtic FC Foundation as their client base wanted more football-based activities and opportunities to exercise and build friendships/networks.
Celtic FC Foundation has a historical connection to London, and the East End in particular, that dates back many years, and continues to the present day.
The charitable arm of Celtic FC, the Foundation has now operated consistently since 2013 in various parts of London, but principally centred on the East End of the city.
Tony Hamilton, Celtic FC Foundation Chief Executive, said: “In addition to what we do in Scotland and Ireland, Celtic FC Foundation has a long-standing commitment to supporting young people and vulnerable communities in London, and this particular project reflects our work in the city.
“The project will consult with people on the day and then review its findings with a view to scaling up in the coming weeks to respond to a wider need in the community.
“Our projects in London are a key part of the Foundation’s portfolio of work and represent both the legacy of the founders of Celtic FC, and a responsibility to the future through our support of young people.”
Anyone who would like more information on Celtic FC Foundation projects in London, please contact [email protected]