Following Croydon's #WeStandTogether Campaign of 2017, CVA pledged to find a way to help refugees and those from new communities to feel more integrated into the mainstream life. 

CVA successfully applied to the London Together Fund, part of the Mayor’s Sport Unites strategy in partnership with Comic Relief to deliver a new project that uses sport as a tool to improve social integration between refugees and the mainstream sports sector in Croydon. 

We are working with over 40 community organisations who are supporting refugees and are interested in the impact that sport and physical activity can have on an individuals' mental and physical wellbeing. 

We have created a team of volunteer activators, who are refugees themselves, and passionate about using sport to engage people and improve their lives. CVA is providing training and support to set up informal activities for their peers. We welcome any refugees age 18+ who would like to be part of our project. Please get in touch. 

Take a look at our video here

We Stand Together forms part of the Mayor’s social integration strategy click here to see the video.

Frank: A young refugee from Uganda's story

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Palace for Life Foundation teamed with Crisis over Christmas to provide football coaching sessions to people experiencing homelessness in Croydon. A group of players also had the chance to represent Palace in a tournament hosted by Arsenal. Frank was one of the people who took part and he told us what it meant to him. 

One of those who took part was Frank, an asylum seeker from Uganda Frank also has a clear passion for his community and helping others and he has been volunteering with his free time away from college. He helps run a football session for refugees in association with Croydon Voluntary Action and has also volunteered with Palace for Life Foundation.

“There is a group I’m in called Rainbows Across Borders and we meet every month, it was there that I met Christine [Double], from CVA and she gave me more information about football and volunteering. I got interested because I love football, it’s always been football for me. Through the London FA I did my FA Level 1 in Coaching, which I finished recently.”  Read more