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$110K

Last Raised

$110K | 3 yrs ago

About Footie

Footie uses face recognition technology to create accurate digital model legs in order to accurately predict the size of shoes, based on photographs and sales data.

Footie Headquarter Location

Ukraine

Latest Footie News

Footie team of refugees and asylum seekers forms hoping to 'break barriers' and 'build solidarity'

Aug 27, 2021

Footie team of refugees and asylum seekers forms hoping to 'break barriers' and 'build solidarity' Sanctuary Rangers FC players hope their love of football will help 'bridge the gap' with local people Get the latest Hartlepool news direct to your inbox with our free email newsletter Invalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later. Subscribe We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Thank you for subscribingWe have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice A football squad of refugees and asylum seekers has formed in Hartlepool, with the aim of bridging the gap between the players and local people in the town. Sanctuary Rangers FC is a "space of solidarity" for those arriving to England, and hopes to "break down barriers" through the universal language of sport. Asylum seeker Mamoud Nyelenkeh, who arrived in the country three years ago, created the team after struggling "to find friends and integrate into the community" when he got to the North East. The 33-year-old had to flee Freetown in Sierra Leone, leaving his family behind as he was "facing persecution" and "fearing" for his life. He has been in Hartlepool for a year, and quickly "observed how the people in this town love football". He said: "I thought starting a team would be a great way to forge connections. "When you get to know the people, they are very accommodating, but there's sometimes a barrier to begin with. "The team is a great space of solidarity, many of the players share experiences of fleeing persecution and other dangerous situations. "We've formed strong relationships in a short amount of time, through our similar histories and love of the game." Mamoud said that being an asylum seeker is a "life draining" experience, and that he needs sport to keep him feeling positive. "If you're not strong enough, you can feel like giving up and giving in" he explained. "People risk their lives to come to safety. "It's a horrible process waiting for interviews, and not knowing your fate, a lot of people I know have very bad mental health issues as a result." Set up in July 2021, his team already boasts 24 players from all over the world, including Eritrea, Tanzania, El Salvador and several countries in central Asia. They've come up against local teams like Hartlepool supporters club side and Trimdon FC, and have joined Hartlepool Motif8 Sunday League, Division 1. The lads are committed and train twice a week, so Mamoud has "every faith they will see rewards soon. "Some of the team members are great on the pitch, others might need a bit of practice, but it's all about being together" he added. For the latest Hartlepool news direct to your inbox, go here to sign up to our free newsletter Read More Related Articles

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