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West Ham opens doors for refugees

West Ham United’s Foundation are hosting a morning of footballing activities for local refuges and asylum seekers this morning, as part of Amnesty International’s Football Welcomes initiative.

For the second successive year, 12 Premier League clubs, including West Ham celebrated the contributions made to football by players of a refugee background by participating in the Amnesty International-led programme, which seeks to create more opportunities for footballers from a refugee background to become involved in the game.

The Hammers welcome refugees and asylum seekers from the local area to the Foundation’s state-of-the-art facilities in Beckton on Saturday, where they will be invited to take part in a morning of football-related activities, with the aim of increasing participation in the sport.

The scheme has been backed by West Ham fan, actress, and Amnesty International activist Keira Knightley, who is thrilled the Club she supports has shown a commitment to promoting both integration and female involvement in football.

Former Hammer Valon Behrami tells his own refuge story below in a video interview.

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I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter