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Range of sportswear donated

8 November 2023

This EFL Week of Action, Northampton Town Community Trust staff and the EFL have donated a range of sportswear to service users who have been placed in Crick as temporary accommodation.

Items ranged from tracksuit tops, jogging bottoms, jackets, t shirts, tops, and football boots.

Ian Crow, Employability officer at the Northampton Town Community Trust, said he would encourage refugees struggling with the challenge of living in the UK to be open about their difficulties.

“We advise anyone to always seek for that help and guidance, we are here for every little step that may be required, however small," he said.

Using the brand of the football club and the universal appeal of football itself, the Northampton Town Community Trust provide a range of healthy, constructive activities on a weekly basis. The ‘Football for All Project’ continues to target service users living in Crick with sessions taking place at the Crick Community Centre each week, delivered by NTFC Community coaches.

Ian is hoping to build close relationships with the local refugees and make them feel far more comfortable in the UK.

“We need to make them feel as much at home as we can," he said.

“The main thing is face by face value, understanding the background and how we can make it better here in Northamptonshire.”

Sessions cover a range of football skills, incorporating skills, mini matches and drills that can also help to develop participants English, familiarising them with different words. They are open for participants of all levels of footballing ability.

Emma Smith, Clerk and RFO for West Northamptonshire Council, sees football as an escape for these local refugees who are living in challenging circumstances.

“An opportunity like this gives them a chance to get out and play some football, take their mind of things and break the cycle a little bit," she said.

If you wish to find out more about the ‘Football for All Project’ and other Northampton Town Community Trust programmes please visit

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