Two local businesses have stepped forward to sponsor refugee teams in this year’s TackleAfrica Lancaster Football Marathon on Saturday 28th July.
JWPC Ltd, a chartered town planning consultancy based on the White Cross and Digitap Ltd, a digital design consultancy based in Dalton Square, are donating sponsorship fees for the refugee teams Lancaster United and Lancaster International, to allow them to take part in the event. The teams are comprised of refugees from Sudan, Somalia, Kuwait and Eritrea who have settled in the area and are regulars in the local grass roots football scene.
Paul Tunstall, director of JWPC, said:
“We are proud to support African refugee teams at this year’s Football Marathon, showing what football means to them as they try to make a life for themselves in a strange country. They don’t yet have the networks to raise sponsorship money, so we’re glad to be able to help them take part. We’re sharing the global spirit of football and showing what an effective tool it can be to change lives for the better.”
The event, now in its 7th year locally and part of a series nationwide, has raised over £60,000 for TackleAfrica, supporting young Africans with sexual health education and HIV awareness through football coaching sessions and tournaments with pitchside health services.
This year will see over 100 local footballers play 12 hours of non-stop tournament football from 8am-8pm, and try to beat last year’s total of over £10,000 raised on the day.
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