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Exeter City Football Club: Dedicated ‘Exeter Welcomes Refugees’ Match 2nd April ’18

Exeter City FC ‘Kicks Out’ discrimination and welcomes refugees

2nd April ’18:

Football should play its part in a supportive community to challenge discrimination, highlight issues and develop awareness. I’m proud to support work to welcome refugees into our community, many of whom are fleeing war and terror. We’ve all got a part to play in creating a culture that provides warmth, safety and support to those who need it most.”                                                                                                                                                                                                 First team player and the Club’s OGOC Ambassador Troy Brown

ExCoS  are delighted that Exeter City FC  have utilised the high profile of football, players and it’s club to highlight their commitment to welcoming refugees.

The Club took another stand against discrimination, using the opportunity of their ‘Kick it Out’ game against Cheltenham to send a message of support for all asylum seekers and refugees in Devon.

The match was  designated as the Club’s annual ‘Kick It Out’ fixture to signal the club’s strong commitment to tackle all forms of discrimination. A number of initiatives to mark the day were organised by Exeter City Supporters’ Trust and its One Game One Community (OGOC) Group, … and ExCoS was there to assist the club, distribute leaflets and chat to attenders etc.

Players from both teams  warmed up in Kick It Out t-shirts – later thrown to crowd. The club welcomed a number of refugees and asylum seekers who have arrived in Devon recently to the game alongside guests from ExCoS, Refugee Support Devon, St Sidwell’s Centre, Devon and Cornwall Police, Exeter City Council, Devon County Council and a number of players from local football clubs.

Kick it Out stickers, metal pin badges, wristbands, fan clappers alongside information about local organisations supporting asylum seekers and refugees,were distributed.

A really enjoyable, heartwarming day- HUGE THANKS to Exeter City FC and the OGOC group! Also to all our volunteers and supporters who helped out on the day.