Hasebal, Imad and Mo’s Community Football Project

Three of our youth leaders in Salford, Hasebal, Imad and Mo, young migrants who were new to Salford, received a grant from Salford CVS to deliver their ‘5 Star Soccer’ project a series of football sessions for young migrants in Broughton, Salford.

Every Thursday the group delivered community football at Albert Park for young people who have moved from other countries to drop in for free and play football. It was set up as 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 helps] 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.”