Newsletter July-Sep 2018

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Women’s Football 5th anniversary 

FURD’s women’s football initiative celebrated its fifth anniversary with a 5-a-side tournament and a social gathering on Sunday 1st July. The tournament comprised four teams, each one made up of past, present and new players.

FURD has worked to increase opportunities for women and girls throughout its 23 years. However, it wasn’t until the opening of the U-Mix Centre in 2012 coupled with an increased availability of support and funding for female football that we have been able to sustain and develop our women and girls’ football work over such a long period.

Since April 2013, we’ve held free weekly drop-in football sessions designed to be friendly and supportive to beginners and lapsed players of all ages as well as more experienced players. Since then we’ve helped dozens of women and girls to get into, or back into, football at various levels including several who have been signed up by local clubs and some who have gone on to become paid or voluntary coaches. The sessions have also enabled players to get to know people of different ages and backgrounds who they otherwise wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet.

Our regular sessions are available for everyone for free if you are interested contact

  • For Ages 6-12: Every Saturday 11:00 am-12.00 pm
  • For Ages 11-15 & 16-60+: Every Tuesdays, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm


All Nations Football Tournament 

The 2018 All Nations Football Festival took place at the U-Mix Centre on Saturday 4th August. The All Nations is an annual event hosted by FURD and delivered in partnership with Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA.

It aims to use football as a means of bringing people from diverse backgrounds together in ways that lead to positive interactions and contribute towards greater community cohesion.

The festival has a secondary aim of encouraging more Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) involvement in organised football. Teams are invited from across the region to participate.

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Many of the players are from refugee & asylum-seeker backgrounds, but players also come from more ‘generic’ communities including white British and second or third generation Asian and Caribbean communities; the hope being that at the end of the event many players leave with an increased understanding of people from different and/or migrant backgrounds.

The event was a huge success with nine teams and over 60 players involved, more than half of those being from Refugee and Asylum Seeker backgrounds.

All Nations - winners and runner-up
Winners-Nether Edge United

Congratulations to the winners, Nether Edge United who beat Unity Gym 3-1 in the final. Some of the young Nether Edge team have been involved with FURD‘s football and youth club sessions.

EID-festival 2018

June 2018


A dedicated team of FURD volunteers supported by FURD staff organised an Eid-festival at the U-Mix Centre on 17th June to coincide with the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan during which Muslims complete 30 days of fasting from sunrise to sunset.

The Eid-festival was a family occasion welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. Attractions included rides, face painting and inflatable for children, a bazaar, henna, a barbecue, a wide variety of food stalls,Streetkick mobile football pitch and more.

Football session at the Eid-Festival held at the U-Mix Centre June 2018.

It also provided an opportunity for more people to find out about the work of FURD and the facilities available at the U-Mix Centre. Additionally the event helped to raise money £2,500 for Human Aid charity (Human Aid UK is an international humanitarian charity which strives to alleviate the suffering of the oppressed).

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An estimated 2,000 people including attended this years festival and Lord Mayor Magid Magid graced the occasion with his visit.

September 2018

On 2nd September 2018, FURD organised an Eid-festival for the community in Lowfield Park and the U-Mix Centre. The festival was held just after Eid- Al-Adha, the Muslim festival of sacrifice which follows the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

The Eid-festival was a family occasion welcoming people of all faiths and none. Attractions included rides, face painting and inflatable for children, a bazaar, henna, a barbecue stall, Streetkick mobile football pitch and more.

It also provided an opportunity for more people to find out about the work of FURD and the facilities available at the U-Mix Centre.

Additionally the event helped to raise £154 for St Luke’s Hospice.

We would like to thank everyone – volunteers, sponsors, stall holders and the public who came along – for helping to make it possible.

Lock Up A

Youth Social Action project funded by South Yorkshire Community Foundation focuses on giving opportunities for young people to take practical action in supporting the communities to bring positive changes. As part of this project and in support of #Iwill campaign, FURD supports in developing activities involving young volunteers.


Roger Bushiri, like many young people has a strong passion towards football. He has played and has been part of the youth system with one of the famous football clubs in Sheffield. Training regularly for football and maintaining his physical fitness is a very important aspect of his every day routine.He believes that health and nutrition is also one of the very important aspects of being a good footballer.

Understanding Rogers passion towards healthy eating habits, we at Furd gave him an opportunity to volunteer and train our participants from Asylum seekers and Refugee football session(Belonging group) about healthy eating habits. To make the session creative and interactive, Roger prepared fruit smoothies for all the participants.  During the session, he personally interacted with the participants understood about their eating habits and especially about the pre-meal before every football session.

Some of the participants welcomed the idea of “Smoothie time” after every football session and also being accountable to each other on eating the right food. As part of this session , Roger has planned to a workshop session about “Healthy eating habits”.

Volunteer with us:

5 reasons why you should volunteer.

  1. Good for your health,because you are doing the right thing.
  2. Good for others,because you make a difference in individuals.
  3. Good for your career, because you learn and practice new skills.
  4. Good for the cause you support, because you make a change in the community
  5. Good for making friendship, because you meet new people

If you are interested in volunteering with FURD contact 


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 17 Asline Rd,Sheffield,S2 4UJ

 0114 258 9601

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