Kick & Connect

by Kick and Connect in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Kick & Connect

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Kick & Connect uses the power of football to bring separated refugee children and youths together.

by Kick and Connect in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

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WHO ARE WE

My name is Ajay. I come from a refugee background and I am work as a social worker supporting and looking after children including Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC). 

In my personal experience football has helped me overcome and wrestle with the challenges that come with being a refugee. Football has given me hope and made me feel empowered. 

I was at a detention centre for 3 months before I got my status. It is like a prison except that you do not count your days down as you don't know when you'll get out. I would say detention centres are human storage facilities. 

Even during the difficult times, one thing that made me feel good, was Football. The only time I did not feel worried and the one thing I looked forward to every week on Thursday at 5 o'clock was “Football”. 

A SHARED EXPERIENCE

Most of the young people arriving in the UK are placed in an independent shared accommodation without any parental guidance, and are expected to be adults about it and get on with their lives. They are isolated and have no support network. 

At my work, I get asked by my young people every day “when are we going to hear back from the home office, its been a year and half now and we do not have anything to do, we cannot work, Ajay I would like to join a gym, I would like to join a football team”. I believe sports, particularly football gives them a freedom and joy that they have so far lived without. 

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DOST Team A  and Team B Winners and Runner ups of Kick and Connect Tournament 2022

KICK & CONNECT

Kick & Connect aims to connect young refugee football groups with local football clubs, youth groups and organisations to create a more welcoming community and foster cross-cultural understanding and integration.

Kick & Connect will use the medium and power of football, to bring together young refugees across London to combat social isolation and integrate further into society. 

WHAT WE ARE DOING

Through football sessions, including training, matches and tournaments, we aim to create a social network for young people from a Refugee background, living in London, to connect with people from different backgrounds and cultures to get together and share in their common interests. 

Alongside gaining more knowledge about their teammates, this will also promote self-awareness, empowerment and encourage integration of different youth groups, at no cost to participants.

On 31.05.2022 , we held our first football tournament where 70-80 refugee young people attended. 

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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

We want to create a regular fixture in the social calendar of young refugees. To give them something that anchors them, something they can always look forward to. 

Many young refugees do not have stability in their lives, and face a lot of uncertainty and we want to provide a level of stability for them through regular football matches in a league.

Kick & Connect will bring together different young people from a refugee background to play football tournaments and matches to connect an otherwise socially isolated group. 

The organisation will use Football as a common and universal language to bridge the gap between young refugees and the wider London society. 

OUR AUDIENCE

Young Refugee groups include; 

  • Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children 
  • Care Leavers from a refugee background 
  • Children of refugee parents 
  • U-21 Refugees or asylum seekers.

HOW WE WILL MAKE IT  HAPPEN

Kick and Connect will organise football tournaments and matches with pre-existing charities and youth organisations that already work with young refugees, to connect people with different young refugees, increase physical and mental wellbeing, and create a sense of belonging and a social event for young people to look forward to.

The long term aim is to create a regular weekly football league for different services that work with young refugees. 

Alongside the tournaments and the league, we want to run a weekly drop-in football session where people can join and whoever wants to play can join. 

We then hope that there will be a significant educational side to these sessions as well, where there will be football sessions, but also some ESOL and Maths’s sessions for young people to attend. 

There will also be a peer-mentoring side of the drop-in sessions, where young refugees who have been in the UK for a while, can share experiences and mentor young refugees that have perhaps only just arrived to the UK. 

The classes and mentoring will take place after the football sessions. 

The long term goal is that young refugees who have been through the drop-in sessions will run the sessions, mentoring and classes and we aim to provide them with FA accredited Coaching Badges. 

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KIT FOR OUR MEMBERS

Kick & Connect will work with football clubs, and also the wider society, to be able to run a donation drive for second hand football boots, clothing & equipment to be able to then give to young refugees attending our drop-in sessions. 

If Kick and Connect makes any surplus it will be used for…

  • Running regular football tournaments (the cost).
  • Running regular football league 
  • Running of regular football drop-in sessions 
  • Running of mentoring and class sessions. 
  • Supporting local young refugees services. (Through donations). 
  • Day to day cost of running local football groups. 
  • To train youths in FA licensed coaching sessions

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£20 or more

£20 Be a 'Water Boy'

Support our young people with water/juices for their football matches and tournaments and receive a handmade postcard signed by one of our player.

£50 or more

£50 - Fly the flag

Be a biggest supporter of our team! and get a handmade postcard signed by one of our player and receive a coupon to eat at Himalayan Dumplings in Mercato Metropolitano, Elephant and Castle or at Himalayan Dumplings @ Camden Town.

£100 or more

£100 Be a 'Team Bus Driver'

Support our young people to travel to their football matches and tournaments and receive two coupons to eat at Himalayan Dumplings at Mercato Metroploitano, Elephant and Castle or at Himalayan Dumplings @ Camden Town and a postcard signed by one of our player.

£250 or more

£250 Be a 'Team Chef'

Support our young people with food on the match days and get a two coupons to eat at Himalayan Dumplings at Mercato Metroploitano, Elephant and Castle or at Himalayan Dumplings @ Camden Town and postcard signed by our players.

£500 or more

Be a 'Club Legend'

Cover the cost of a 5-a-side pitch for a day so we can hold a football tournament for 40 or more young refugees. As a thank you, get 4 coupons to eat at Himalayan Dumplings at Mercato Metroploitano, Elephant and Castle or at Himalayan Dumplings @ Camden Town, as well as personal postcard signed by our players, and a thank you video from our team.

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