Syrian refugees take part in Herts Homeless World Cup

PUBLISHED: 12:30 05 June 2018

The Challengers football team (Picture: Groundwork)

The Challengers football team (Picture: Groundwork)


A team of Syrian refugees and their friends from St Albans donned green shirts provided by a local charity to play in a tournament.

The Challengers football team (Picture: Groundwork)The Challengers football team (Picture: Groundwork)

Challengers FC played in the Herts Homeless World Cup at Letchworth on Saturday, May 12, reaching the final before being narrowly beaten on penalties by Stevenage Haven.

The team’s kit was provided by local charity Groundwork Hertfordshire. Members of the squad had previously volunteered to take part in Groundwork’s Young Green Aiders project, gaining new gardening skills by clearing the gardens of residents who were physically unable to complete the work themselves.

Groundwork executive director Steve Harvey said: “It was a pleasure to provide the team with their kit. They have worked extremely hard to improve gardens in the local community and displayed exactly the same level of team-work and commitment to reach the final of their first ever football tournament.”

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