Members of Hull's BAME community mark Refugee Week with a football tournament
Refugee Week is marked with a football tournament

Football tournament celebrates Refugee Week

Members of Hull’s BAME community have come together for a football tournament to mark Refugee Week.

People of various different nationalities were involved in the event, which took place at the Tigers Trust Arena in West Park last month.

As well as the five-a-side matches, Tigers Trust coach Abdu Abubakar shared his inspiring story of arriving in the UK as a refugee and ultimately securing employment with the Trust.

The day finished off with a well-received tour of the MKM Stadium, home to Hull City and Hull FC.

Councillor Rob Pritchard, portfolio holder for culture and leisure, with responsibility for supporting refugees, said: “This was a really good event during Refugee Week, where it’s important that we take time to think about people who have been displaced from their homelands.

“As a City of Sanctuary, it’s part of our DNA to look after those who come to our city, and actually get them involved, so they can feel like they can contribute in a meaningful way.”

The event was part of the Active Through Football project, delivered by the Tigers Trust and Hull Culture and Leisure.

The programme offers football sessions for those aged 16 or over, helping people to get more active.

For more information, visit Active Through Football | Hull Culture and Leisure (

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