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Published June 23, 2023

Kyle Edwards Donates Kit to Refugee Footballers

Town winger Kyle Edwards has kindly donated kit to the Foundation’s Refugee Footballers, following his visit to the session towards the end of last season.

Back in April, Kyle attended our Refugee Football session at Goals in Ipswich. Having enjoyed meeting the participants and coaches and seeing that many of the participants didn’t have access to the right equipment, Kyle decided to donate some kit, made up of jackets, shorts and boots from the first team squad.

On Wednesday, Foundation Community Engagement Officer Leanne Smith delivered the kit to the participants of the session, who were delighted to be given the opportunity to more comfortably play football.

“It makes a massive difference because playing football has so many benefits for these guys,” said Sam Oakley, coach of the Refugee Football sessions.

“A lot of the players that turn up to play haven’t got the correct kit so they haven’t be able to play. They’ve turned up in flip flops, jeans, so having the right kit keeps them safe. It makes a massive difference to these guys’ physical and mental wellbeing.

“It makes a massive difference when they [the players] come down,” Sam added on the support from the first team.

“These are the players that you see on the pitch every Saturday and its great for the community and for the guys here to get to meet these players. The stuff that the first team are doing around the Club at the moment is really great to see and they all seem like lovely people!”

For more information on our support for refugees in Suffolk, please contact Leanne Smith at