Welcome to Soccer: how Borussia Dortmund help give refugees hope
The Bundesliga membership is amongst two dozen who’ve enthusiastically taken up a German Soccer League initiative that makes use of sport to help refugees combine inside the local people
Within the shadow of the towering stands of Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion simply up the street, 16 refugees from world wide are engaged in a frenetic recreation of soccer. After a very heavy problem, Shamil Ilqasim, a 19-year-old Yazidi from northern Iraq, limps to the sideline with a beaming smile throughout his face. “I’ve simply damage my leg however I’ll be again on quickly, don’t fear,” Shamil, who’s carrying a Dortmund shirt and shorts mixed with Hertha Berlin socks, assures me.
He’s a part of the Welcome to Soccer initiative that was instigated by the German Soccer League (DFL) in September 2015 and has led to 24 of the nation’s skilled golf equipment operating related schemes to this one. Together with the native newbie aspect TSC Eintracht Dortmund and with funding from the DFL and the German Kids and Youth Basis, the Bundesliga membership’s BVB Basis has helped to create a venture that’s now in its third yr and permits a bunch of refugees aged between 18 and 20 to attend a weekly coaching session at TSC’s stadium, the place additionally they obtain a free meal beforehand and a German lesson afterwards.