From informal kickabouts to world cup finals, football has incredible power to bring people together.
In this spirit, Nottingham Forest FC and UK for UNHCR have teamed up to use football as a force for good and give fans a simple way to stand with refugees around the world.
Kicking off on 1 January 2023, the UK for UNHCR logo will feature on the front of Nottingham Forest men’s and women’s teams, as a sign of solidarity for families who have lost everything to conflict and persecution.
Nottingham Forest Club Captain, Joe Worrall, said: “The partnership with UK for UNHCR is fantastic and we’re very proud to be able to have them on our shirt.
“We’ve got a nice, tasty game against Chelsea on New Year’s Day where we can showcase the new partnership. It will be fantastic if they can give us a little bit of luck and we can hopefully get a win.”
The Premier League Club is supporting UNHCR’s international work with refugees throughout the rest of the 2022/23 football season. It is raising awareness, providing advertising space and donating to support UNHCR’s lifesaving humanitarian work, such as the delivery of emergency shelter, medical aid, water and sanitation when families are forced to flee.
Players from Nottingham Forest men’s and women’s teams will show their solidarity for refugees by playing with the UK for UNHCR logo on the front of their shirts.
Players from Nottingham Forest men’s team show their solidarity for refugees by playing with the UK for UNHCR logo on the front of their shirts.
Players from Nottingham Forest women’s team show their solidarity for refugees by playing with the UK for UNHCR logo on the front of their shirts
According to the latest figures, there are around 103 million forcibly displaced women, men and children around the world from Syria, to Afghanistan, to Ukraine, and other violent conflicts. The UN Refugee Agency has been responding to the highest levels of global displacement since records began, making partnerships like this more important than ever in helping the organisation to stay and deliver for refugees.
Charlotte Boyle, Chair of Trustees, UK for UNHCR said: “From fighting racism and homophobia to standing with refugees, football clubs around the world are using their power to confront discrimination and support people in need. We are hugely grateful to Nottingham Forest’s generosity and compassion in supporting refugees and UNHCR’s relief efforts around the world. Through this solidarity, Nottingham Forest is sending a powerful message to families fleeing conflict that they will not be forgotten.”
Nottingham Forest Chairman, Nicholas Randall KC, added: “We are proud of our track record of using the power of Nottingham Forest and football as a force for good in our local community. Our ascension to the Premier League in the summer now offers us an invaluable opportunity to extend that on an international scale.
“We are therefore delighted to give UK for UNHCR the platform to raise awareness of its relief efforts for refugees on the front of our shirt. This feels even more pertinent than ever right now, with more than 100 million people currently displaced globally, almost half of them children, and such visibility on our shirt and channels will ensure this vital cause is seen by millions around the world every week.”
Nottingham Forest FC has long supported its local community and charitable causes at home. This includes a range of programmes in areas such as mental health, suicide prevention, tackling loneliness, fostering inclusive football and youth career support.
With this new partnership, the Club aims to raise awareness of UNHCR’s global humanitarian work helping refugees to build better futures amongst football supporters across the UK.
To read more about the partnership, please visit this web page.