DMU and Leicester City team up to host football tournament for refugees

De Montfort University (DMU) is working with Leicester City Football Club to host a football tournament for refugees and asylum seekers.

The tournament will see males and females aged 14 and above play six-a-side football at St Margaret’s Pastures on Wednesday, April 17.

“It’s a day of showing solidarity for refugees and communities and the positive impact that sports can have on refugee integration,” said Sunita Patel, the Senior Public Engagement Officer at DMU.

“It’s also a campaign which engages particularly with trying to get women and girls into football as well.”

The event is part of a wider initiative called the Football Welcomes weekend, organised by Amnesty International, where football clubs across the country will organise similar football-related activities to help refugees and asylum seekers to engage with their communities.

Miss Patel added: “The day will also involve other activities including children’s arts and crafts and is sort of a celebration of bringing communities together so we are doing it with Leicester City Community Trust.”

Participants will be split into four categories based on gender and age group; and will be held on AstroTurf and 3G pitches.

The venue has a bar area and Free WiFi, with parking available at a cost of £1 for every two hours. For more information about the event, you can send an e-mail to Tom Daly at or phone the Leicester City Community Trust office on 0116 291 5223.

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