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Belles back Football Welcomes campaign

29 April 2021

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The Belles showed their support for Amnesty International’s Football Welcomes campaign during Wednesday night’s fixture with Nottingham Forest.

Players wore Football Welcomes t-shirts during the warm-up prior to the game - joining the rest of Club Doncaster in backing their campaign.

Now in its fifth year, Football Welcomes highlights the role football can play in bringing people together and creating more welcoming communities for refugees and celebrates the contribution players from a refugee background make to the game. 

Lewis O’Connor, health and wellbeing co-ordinator at Club Doncaster Foundation, said: “Football is a universal language and it’s evident in the progression that we see at the sessions. 

“We’re proud of the work we do at the Foundation that uses football to help unite people of all backgrounds - helping emphasise our ethos as being at the Heart of Doncaster. 

“We’re now able to resume these vital sessions following the easing of lockdown and are looking forward to using the power of football to bring more people together.”

Naomi Westland, movement building manager at Amnesty International UK, said: “Clubs like Doncaster Rovers Belles and community arms like Club Doncaster Foundation are at the heart of their communities and football can be powerful force for good, bringing people together and a providing a sense of purpose and belonging. For those who’ve fled conflict and persecution and had to leave everything behind, this is incredibly important.  

“It’s heartening to see football clubs across the country doing great work in their communities to show there is more that unites us than divides us.”

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