Banner image

City to welcome refugees this weekend

Bristol City and Bristol City Women will join more than 160 clubs across the UK taking part in Amnesty International’s ‘Football Welcomes’ weekend.

The initiative, which was started by Amnesty in 2017, sees football clubs celebrating refugees’ contribution to football and aims to highlight the important role that football clubs can play in welcoming refugees into their local communities and helping them settle in to a new country and culture.

Both Bristol City and Bristol City Women will welcome groups of refugees – currently housed in the Bristol area – to their final home games of the season.

City Captain, Bailey Wright said “Whether you’re a fan or a player, football can give people a sense of belonging and purpose.

“Amnesty’s Football Welcomes campaign is a great way to help people integrate into their new community and to show solidarity with refugees. We are delighted to be taking part.”

“Whether you’re a fan or a player, football can give people a sense of belonging and purpose."

Bailey Wright

City Women’s captain, Loren Dykes commented that, "It can take a lot of courage to stand up against hateful actions, but as football players, teams and fans it's important we all play our part in showing our support for Football Welcomes.

"Lots of people identify with football, wherever they are from and whatever their background. That's why it's brilliant to see the footballing community come together for a weekend of welcoming and supporting refugees.”

Naomi Westland, Football Welcomes Manager at Amnesty International UK said: “This year more clubs than ever have signed up for Football Welcomes, and we’re delighted that Bristol City FC is one of them.

“It’s great to see teams across the UK using the international language of football to create respect, understanding and friendship across cultures and within local communities. With so many people across the globe forced to abandon their homes due to conflict and instability, it’s important that football teams use their platform to send out a clear message: refugees are welcome here.”

Bristol City and Bristol City Women players will further mark the day by wearing ‘Football Welcomes’ T-shirts during the warm-up, and on the morning of their respective matches. 

Latest News

Loan Watch: Nurse enjoying Saddlers' life

Loan Watch: Nurse enjoying Saddlers' life

Posted: Monday, October 26th 2020

Enjoy a football themed restaurant for Norwich City

Enjoy a football themed restaurant for Norwich City

Posted: Monday, October 26th 2020

Gilmartin back for Cherries test on Robins TV

Gilmartin back for Cherries test on Robins TV

Posted: Monday, October 26th 2020

Numbers game: Swansea City (H)

Numbers game: Swansea City (H)

Posted: Monday, October 26th 2020

Also from Bristol Sport

Bristol Bears 'A' to face Ealing in double header
Rugby icon

Bristol Bears 'A' to face Ealing in double header

Bristol Bears ‘A’ are set to face Ealing Trailfinders in a double header in late November.

Posted: Monday, October 26th 2020 • Rugby

Highlights: Bristol Flyers 74-87 Worcester Wolves
Basketball icon

Highlights: Bristol Flyers 74-87 Worcester Wolves

Watch full highlights as Bristol Flyers hosted Worcester Wolves in a behind closed doors pre-season friendly.

Posted: Monday, October 26th 2020 • Basketball

Oliver proud of defensive effort despite loss
Rugby icon

Oliver proud of defensive effort despite loss

Kim Oliver has praised her squad determination and fight to keep Loughborough at bay and earn a late losing bonus-point on Saturday afternoon.

Posted: Monday, October 26th 2020 • Rugby

‘It’s a great feeling to be back out there’ – Martin
Rugby icon

‘It’s a great feeling to be back out there’ – Martin

Bears Women winger Kyara Martin made a scoring return in her first Allianz Premier 15s game after 18 months out through injury.

Posted: Monday, October 26th 2020 • Rugby

It's about understanding our identity - Kapoulas
Basketball icon

It's about understanding our identity - Kapoulas

Coach Kapoulas reflects on his side's final pre-season game.

Posted: Sunday, October 25th 2020 • Basketball