Salford Youth Leaders Win Funding for Community Football Project

We are absolutely delighted that youth leaders Hasebal, Imad and Mo have been awarded a grant of just over £1,600 from Salford CVS to deliver their project ‘5 Star Soccer’, a series of football sessions for young migrants in Broughton, Salford.

Every Thursday for 12 weeks the group have booked a pitch and a coach in Albert Park for young people who have moved from other countries to drop in for free and play football. It is an opportunity to meet other young people and feel part of the community, whilst gaining health benefits, having fun and learning about other support services available to them.

15.6% of the Salford population is from a BAME background but in Broughton the proportion is more than double. There are also over 16,000 people in Salford who do not speak English as their first language.

Imad, 17, moved to the UK from Algeria a year ago. He said,

“It’s a bit hard because it’s a new culture, new language, new ideas. To feel more comfortable (…) is a bit hard.

“[The project will help] to keep our days busy, to be healthy, to learn some sporty activities, such as football, improve our language, meet new people.

“For me, football is life. I enjoy watching and playing. You don’t need to talk too much but you learn how to work as a team.”

Drop in for a game any Thursday between 6-7pm until 17thOctober. For more information, contact info@rioferdinandfoundation.com.