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Just Turn Up

THEY ‘JUST TURNED UP’ AT THE DONS!

 

The MK Dons welcomed the borough’s community sports team ‘Just Turn Up’ to Stadium MK earlier this week. The group of refugees, from Eritrea, East Africa, have faced a tough road with lots of challenges along the way but now, having settled in Bedford, they are getting used to life away from home.

 

The team plays regular football once a week as part of the Just Turn Up program in Bedford.

 

Cllr Sarah-Jayne Holland, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Bedford Borough Council, said: “For all of the young people within the team, it was their first ever visit to a stadium and their first ever live game. As football fanatics, it was a dream come true and a moment of happiness in what they have told us has been a turbulent journey.”

 

Cllr Holland continued: “In attempting to address issues of community regeneration and social inclusion, taking part in sport has been shown to break down barriers between communities and is crucial to the health and wellbeing of local people.”

 

The free to attend, 5-a-side football session takes place every Tuesday, from 6pm - 7pm, at ‘The Cage’ at The Salvation Army on Commercial Road, Bedford.  The #JustTurnUp programme, delivered by the Borough Borough Council via Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund project, always welcomes new members. The aim of the session is to create an opportunity for local people from a range of ethnic backgrounds to take part in sport within their own community.

 

The Just Turn Up team hopes to inspire a generation of talented footballers to pursue a habit for sporting life through street football and sessions that will continue into 2016.

 

For more information on the #JustTurnUp programme, contact Robert Lindsay at Bedford Borough Council on 01234 718825 alternatively, email robert.lindsay@bedford.gov.uk

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