Refugee footballers on the ball

Freedom from Torture's football group headed over to Arsenal on Saturday to play an exciting game against the Hull Tigers Trust refugee team.

It was a freezing Saturday afternoon on 11 February when Arsenal hosted Hull at the Emirates Stadium but the young refugees watching the match didn’t mind at all. Members from Freedom from Torture’s football group and their counterparts from Hull had boxside seats at the premier league fixture.

After the match, won by Arsenal 2-0, the excited group were escorted down to the pitchside where they met with Arsenal star Shkodran Mustafi, a member of the winning German World Cup Team in 2014.

Both teams then played their own five-a-side games at the indoors pitch at the nearby Arsenal Hub, a centre for community sport, before the Hull team headed back north.

Iyabo Oba, Freedom from Torture Corporate Fundraiser said: “It was great to see both refugee teams in action. Football can be a lifeline for these young men – it builds their confidence and connects them with the community. A big thank you to the Arsenal Foundation and the Tigers Trust for making it all possible.”

The Freedom From Torture football group is co-ordinated by Freedom from Torture therapists in partnership with Arsenal in the Community. Being in the football group helps our clients overcome depression, make new friends, aids their communication skills and boosts their confidence.
 

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