We’re delighted to announce HUST have organised a special football match against the newly founded Sanctuary Rangers, to be played on Thursday 19th August at 6pm. The game is kindly being hosted by Seaton Carew FC at Hornby Park.
Sanctuary Rangers were formed earlier this year to create solidarity between the refugee and asylum seeker community (RAS) and importantly encourage integration with the wider community. Whilst the key aim of the match is to raise awareness and celebrate diversity, HUST have decided to raise funds from the event, donating to the ‘Tehran – Hartlepool Fundraising Challenge’. This is being led by the town’s All Saints Stranton Church, which is raising money for the ‘Hartlepool Asylum Seeker and Refugee Group’. This group delivers services to refugees and those seeking asylum in the town, including support services, offering friendship and a safe place to meet. The fundraising challenge is set up for fundraisers to walk, cycle, run, wheel, swim etc. the equivalent distance from Tehran to Hartlepool – 3655 miles. You can read more about this here.
As a Community Benefit Society, HUST believe it is important to support such an initiative, which celebrates the diversity of Hartlepool and its surrounding areas. The link up also helps to expand Hartlepool United’s fanbase, to reflect the diverse community that the Club represents.
We have reached out to HUST members to put together a squad of players, each making a minimum donation of £10.80, which represents 10.80 km, the average distance an outfield player runs in a professional game of football. We are also pleased to confirm that the one and only Eddie Kyle has agreed to manage the HUST team! The HUST team will proudly be wearing kit sponsored by RSL One Limited.
If you would like to support the event then you can make the £10.80 donation via our website here, and it would be great to see as many people as possible turn up to watch the match on the 19th and any offers of volunteering at the event will also be much appreciated.
Those who attended the ‘Legends Game’ will know that Hornby Park are great hosts and have now had a fantastic upgrade of their clubhouse. Spectators will of course be more than welcome to utilise the bar in the evening, where food will also be available to buy. Let’s just hope the score line is a little closer than the Legends Game.