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Team Universal, Alison Thewliss MP in Yellow, Bob Doris MSP with trophy.SNP MSP for Glasgow Bob Doris supported this years’ refugee week football tournament as part of the Refugee Festival. The tournament was an opportunity for teams from a variety of backgrounds including refugees to come together to compete, encouraging integration and a sense of community. During the festival families were welcomed to engage in games, partake in refreshments, and watch the matches and trophy presentation.

20 teams took part and the winners were team Universal who won the Unity League tournament 21 June in the final against the team; AfroScots. The trophy was sponsored by the Crown Office and the Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland. Bob Doris MSP, Alison Thewliss MP, and Frank Mulholland addressed the competitors ahead of the tournament.

The Refugee Festival took place between 3-21 of June in Glasgow. Co-ordinated by the Scottish Refugee Council, the festival aimed to ‘celebrate’ a diverse and welcoming Scotland that upholds the rights, protection and dignity of refugees and recognises their positive impact on Scottish cultural life.

SNP MSP Bob Doris commented: “It was a privilege to support the event and speak to competitors ahead of the kick off. The event has been a great opportunity to highlight Glasgow’s diverse communities and the strong sense of community amongst young people from diverse and multi-cultural backgrounds.

“ The match encouraged teamwork and celebrated refugees within our communities – the event was warmly welcomed by Glasgow and I look forward to attending again next year. Whilst Westminster demonises immigrants, I am pleased we have a different approach here in Scotland.