Belles chief executive Russ Green has praised the Foundation’s Football Welcomes project as a way of helping to make people seeking asylum in Doncaster feel welcome.
Football Welcomes is a project run jointly between the Foundation and Amnesty International which uses the power of football to help refugees settle in new towns.
“I think people underestimate the power of football - football is an international language, it’s a common language that everyone understands and everyone can have a chance to play. It brings everyone together,” said Green.
“It doesn’t matter what your background is, it’s about people enjoying their football. It unites people and this project really helps people feel welcome into the Doncaster way of life.”
Belles fans joined Doncaster Rovers fans in donating old football boots to the Football Welcomes project with more than 200 collected at last count.
“Although these donations might seem small, it’s massive to these players and participants,” Green added.
“Donating a pair of football boots is small gesture from us but it’s massive for these guys and it just highlights the great work that Club Doncaster does in the community.”