In August 2021, UWS Social Sciences student, Adam Paterson helped to kit out a Glasgow football team for an important refugee tournament.
Organised by Glasgow Afghan United and in collaboration with the Scottish Unity Football League, the tournament aimed to bring local and refugee communities together to enjoy “the beautiful game” and make new connections, as well as providing a platform to raise awareness of the journeys and difficulties faced by new Scots communities.
Adam volunteers for Positive Action in Housing, and secured a range of sponsorships and donations for football kit for the ‘Dream Team’ he set up last year to compete at the tournament.
He said: “I’m delighted to have been able to secure full football kits for the Dream Team, which meant they can play in this important Refugee Festival and tournament.
“I set up the Dream Team during my time volunteering for the Positive Action in Housing charity as a way to ensure the guys had the opportunity to socialise through sport. I’m so pleased they’ve been able to take part in the tournament and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for the team.”
The football team includes three survivors from the Park Inn attack in Glasgow, and is made up of individuals from countries including Sierra Leone, Kenya and the Ivory Coast.
The BBC covered the story of team and you can watch a short clip on the iPlayer below:
Adam set up the team while volunteering for the charity and helping people from Glasgow city centre hotels move into dispersal flats, and responding to requests for assistance and support from the asylum-seeking community throughout the pandemic.
The tournament involved mixed teams of ethnic minority groups, asylum-seekers, refugees and local communities.
Professor Jonathan Powles, Vice-Principal, Learning, Teaching and Students said: “We are incredibly proud of Adam for his amazing efforts in not only creating the football team, but for his work with local charities and his sponsorship and fundraising drive. Adam's passion for and contribution to the team and tournament perfectly embodies our values here at UWS, and demonstrates how, through the values of the University and the commitment and actions of our staff and students, UWS is an anchor institution for our local communities in the West of Scotland and beyond.”
Sportswear brand, Rival Kit, made the strips for the Dream Team for free, and also designed and made strips for the other five teams in the tournament. The Insurance Helpline sponsored the six strips.