Champion of the Month: May

Congratulations to Mohammad, who has been named as our May Champion of the Month!

Mohammad, a participant from our Refugee Football Programme, was nominated by Inclusion Coach, Liam Gerrard at the LFC Foundation.

Liam said, “Mohammad has attended every session of our refugee football programme and like all participants, often walks a long way to attend. He has helped support the session by acting as a community leader within his peer group helping to encourage other men to attend the session. He is also very appreciative to all staff members in the Foundation and always offers to assist in any way he can.

“The sessions help the participants to integrate into their local community, providing people like Mohammad opportunities to meet other people in similar situations to themselves and engage with other community groups. This improves both their mental health and physical health, confidence and willingness to communicate with unfamiliar faces within the community as well as with fellow participants from different countries.”

He added, “They recently attended a Play on Pitch event at Anfield where they were able to come together and play a match on Anfield's pitch which was great!”

Mohammad said,

“Me and my friends who play with me every week would deep heartedly like to thank the panel and appreciate the sponsors, LFC and the team at the Foundation for giving us opportunities to improve our mental and physical well-being by playing football.”

Angela, Mohammad’s Support Officer, said

“Mohammad is a very quiet individual but LFC’s football programme has definitely been a confidence builder for him, and he has come on leaps and bounds. He has come out of his shell more and it has increased his confidence and given him a larger social circle thanks to LFC Foundation.”

The Refugee programme aims to integrate Refugees and Asylum Seekers into their local community by running football sessions that involve using local community facilities. Participants often walk 2km to attend the weekly session and allows them to explore the area around them as well as increase their confidence in integrating fully within the area. It has also led to many of the participants purchasing monthly memberships at the leisure centre which has increased engagement and is an example of how they are investing within their local facilities and becoming a part of the community. This is a positive trend in which we hope it continues to have a ripple effect and increase their engagement and impact on the community.

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