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'Refugees Welcome’: how football can support refugees globally

Dr Mark Doidge, University of Brighton

Friday, 25 November 2016 from 09:30 to 17:30 (GMT)

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The global refugee crisis has seen millions of people uprooted from their homes and forced into long and potentially dangerous journeys. Whether in transit or upon arrival at their final destination, refugees have to face many material and psychological issues. After the immediate needs of housing, food and legal advice are sorted, social, emotional and physical wellbeing are vital. Football, and sport in general, can help with these aspects, as well as supporting social integration. This workshop explores the role of football in supporting refugees in these areas.

The project is funded by the British Academy and consists of two workshops. The first workshop was held in Paris in June, in collaboration with the fans network Football Supporters Europe, to see how fans and grassroots groups are helping refugees by setting up teams, working in camps and raising awareness. 

The second workshop will be held in Brighton on Friday November 25th at the Amex Stadium, home of Brighton and Hove Albion.

Speakers include, Lord Bassam of Brighton, representatives from FIFA, UEFA, UNHCR and various NGOs and government bodies.

The main goal of this workshop is to place football central in the minds of policy makers addressing the needs of refugees globally. Often governments focus on the immediate welfare needs of refugees and asylum seekers and ignore the important role of sport, and football in particular, in supporting the physical, mental, emotional and social welfare of individuals.

For interested parties, a tour of the Amex Stadium will also be included.


Do you have questions about 'Refugees Welcome’: how football can support refugees globally? Contact Dr Mark Doidge, University of Brighton

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American Express Community Stadium
Village Way
BN1 9BL Brighton
United Kingdom

Friday, 25 November 2016 from 09:30 to 17:30 (GMT)

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Dr Mark Doidge, University of Brighton

Dr Mark Doidge is currently a Senior Research Fellow and Early Career Ambassador at the University of Brighton. He is a co-convenor of the Early Career Forum and Sport Studies Group for the British Sociological Association (BSA). He is also Director of the Anti-Discrimination Division of Football Supporters Europe (FSE). His current research focuses on how football fans are helping refugees, both through practical support in camps and local communities, and through consciousness raising and fundraising.

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