#Sport4Refugees Perspectives – Hedeli Sassi
“There’s no doubt that sports can do more to help, even grassroots clubs. They just need to understand how. I work a lot with smaller football clubs who tell me that they simply don’t have the time or resources to invest in integrating refugees. That’s normally when I start talking about volunteering. They don’t consider that some refugees and asylum seekers might have competencies that could benefit the club. A recent success story involves a journalist from Togo who was forcibly displaced and fled to seek refuge in Belgium. We introduced him to a local club who were looking for someone to cover their news. He’s been there for half a year now. He said that he is glad that he can use his skills to help the club and be useful here in Belgium. It’s a total win-win.”
Hedeli Sassi, Project Worker, Royal Belgian Football Association
Follow our series “#Sport4Refugees Perspectives” as we prepare for the Forum on Refugees and Sport.