Rochdale AFC Community Trust’s Hope Football team is celebrating their invitation to play at the Refugee World Cup.

This community football team, consisting of mixed adults including refugees and those seeking sanctuary, made a remarkable impression. They brought three teams to the qualifiers and advanced with goals from every team, showcasing excellent sportsmanship on and off the field.

Liz Cotterill, the Hope Football coordinator, expressed her immense pride in the team’s accomplishments, especially considering they have only been together for about a year.

“Hope Football has been going for a year now, and we’re so proud of them for getting invited to the Refugee World Cup. Saturday was a busy day, and the team played in five matches each to qualify for the quarter-finals, where Hope Football came third. We’re grateful to RAFC, RAFC Community Trust, and our community for all their kindness and support in helping us get here,” Cotterill said.

Hope Football meets every Wednesday from 5-7 pm at the RAFC kick pitch, and anyone over the age of 16 is welcome to join. For more information, contact Liz Cotterill.

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