Football for Unity Festival

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Run in partnership with the UEFA Foundation and the European Union, the Football For Unity festival will bring together young people from across London for an unforgettable day of football, learning and fun; all designed to promote the issue of diversity and inclusion within communities, especially for third-country nationals (TCNs) and refugees.

Premier league club foundations and other leading community programmes will be bringing along teams of girls and boys to play in a 5-a-side tournament and participate in a variety of workshops to develop skills such as teamwork, communication, leadership and advocacy. The event will culminate with a youth forum which will provide a platform for young people to share their stories and amplify their voices about creating a more positive and inclusive society.

When: Saturday 10 July, 2021 

Where: Black Prince Trust, Vauxhall 

Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm


  • Ben Cajee, BBC presenter, event host
  • Alex White, Head of quality assurance and governance, Premier League Charitable Trust 
  • Matt Saltmarsh, Senior external relations officer at UNHCR
  • Shaygan Banisaeid, Fulham Foundation coach, former refugee
  • Jasmin Akter, SCU ambassador, former refugee and featured in BBC’s 100 Women 2019
  • Harriet Pavlou, Football freestyler and social media influencer 

About Football For Unity 

To ensure the legacy of UEFA Euro 2020, the UEFA Foundation for Children are spearheading a multi-stakeholder sporting event this summer (2021). Designed to increase access to football-based activities for disadvantaged youth, with a focus on social inclusion and integration of Third Country Nationals (TCNs). The aim of the project is for these young people to participate in local events and programmes during and beyond EURO 2020.

Street Child United have been commissioned by the UEFA Foundation for Children and Street Football World to implement the London leg of a Pan-European project. Due to lock down restrictions the first phase of the project has been delivered virtually. In person programming began at the start of May and is due to continue after the Festival. For more information please contact Hannah Fowles.

  • For more details about the festival, see attached festival program


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