December 13 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
A football team made of young refugees in Norwich can start to expand after one of the players was given £300 from a scheme that backs young people making a difference in their communities.
Enefola ‘Sam’ Apeh, 21, who lives in Catton Grove, Norwich, will use the money from O2 Think Big to buy new equipment and pay for additional coaching courses for the Tigers team, which he plays for.
He arrived in England from Nigeria about three and a half years ago, and has been in Norwich about two years. He’s now working for a charity in the city.
He said: “Football is something that we love, and the team has a real family atmosphere. It’s an important way to help refugees feel welcome and integrate into the community.
“The club helps people get used to their new environment and play games with other sides in the area. I will also be arranging English lessons for the other members of the team, as many cannot speak it fluently.”
He said there were around 25 young people aged 18-25 currently taking part in the club, and the team plans to enter into the Norwich and District Saturday League.
In addition to the financial support, he will receive training and mentoring from experienced O2 professionals, to give him a hand.
O2’s Think Big supports young people across the UK by transforming their creativity and passions into projects that benefit their communities through money, support and training.
The initiative works by putting cash directly in the hands of young people and supporting them to use the money in a way that delivers a positive impact in their local area.
Bill Eyres, head of O2 Think Big, said: “Young people are brimming with ideas, passion and enthusiasm and we want to encourage all of that exciting creativity. That’s exactly what O2 Think Big is about. We give bright young people the tools and help needed to grow their passion and ideas.
“Enefola impressed us with his commitment to making a real difference to his local community and we wish him every success in what’s a really worthwhile project.”
O2 Think Big has helped to fund and make over 4,000 youth projects happen across the UK over the past 3 years.