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Nottingham Forest donates shirt partnership to UNHCR

Howard Lake | 22 December 2022 | News

Charlotte Boyle (UNHCR) and Evangelos Marinakis (Nottingham Forest FC) holding up the new charity sponsorship football shirts.
Charlotte Boyle (UNHCR) and Evangelos Marinakis (Nottingham Forest) with the club’s new charity partnership shirts.

Nottingham Forest Football Club is donating the sponsorship space on the front of its team shirt for the remainder of the season to UK for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

The Premier League club’s international charity partnership with UK for UNHCR will run from the start of 2023 to the end of the season.

Both the Nottingham Forest Men’s and Women’s teams will participate in all fixtures with the logo of UK for UNHCR on the front of their shirts. The club say that it is “a sign of solidarity for families who have been forced to flee their homes and communities”. 

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As part of the partnership the club:

The new shirts will be on display for the first time on 1 January by the Men’s team at Nottingham Forest’s first home match of 2023 against Chelsea. The Women’s team will sport the new shirt partner when the FA Women’s National League North season resumes in the new year. 

The new sponsorship shirts will be available for sale to supporters but no date for that has been indicated.

Other charitable support

The Club and the Nottingham Forest Trust have supported other charitable programmes to support the Nottingham community in areas such as mental health, suicide prevention, tackling loneliness, fostering inclusive football and youth career support. 

Announcing the new partnership, Nottingham Forest’s owner, Evangelos Marinakis, said: “We are delighted that for the remainder of the season we will use the front of the famous Nottingham Forest shirt to tell such an important story. It will be an honour to display their name on our shirt in support of this important cause”. 

This is not the first time Marinakis has been involved in a football and charity partnership. He said:

“I am proud to have partnered with the United Nations’ global work before, with Olympiacos FC back in 2013. We supported UNICEF for four years, choosing to make a significant financial contribution to their charitable work rather than taking income from a sponsor, and giving their cause prominence on the front, and then the back, of the Olympiacos shirt.” 

Charlotte Boyle, Chair of UK for UNHCR commented: “From fighting racism and homophobia, to standing with refugees, football clubs around the world are using their power to confront discrimination and support people in need. We are hugely grateful to Nottingham Forest’s generosity and compassion in supporting refugees and UNHCR’s relief efforts around the world”. 

Other UNHCR football partnerships

Nottingham Forest joins FC Barcelona in becoming a supporter of refugees through UNHCR’s relief efforts.

The Spanish club announced a partnership with UNHCR in March this year to help fund relief for displaced communities in countries such as Colombia and Uganda, as well as other support such as sporting equipment. 

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