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Dawson: Quej is an inspiration

29 Nov 2016
Quej, Michael Dawson, Match of the Day Community Feature, Hull City, 281116

Hull captain sees how the Tigers Trust are helping refugees to settle in England

Refugees and asylum seekers in Hull are being given an opportunity to socialise and integrate with a scheme run by the Tigers Trust, the community arm of Hull City.

The Tigers Kicks International project uses the appeal of football to give young people the opportunity to play the game in a friendly atmosphere while also making friends and building confidence.

One person who has benefited from the scheme is Quej Kashilembo, who was born in the Congo and travelled to England from Rwanda 10 years ago.

He is now a coach on the project, which now works with 60 participants, helping them improve their football as well as translating for those not fluent in English.

Quej's story was recently filmed for the BBC's regular Match of the Day Premier League Community feature as he attended a Tigers Kicks International coaching session with Hull City captain Michael Dawson.

"He is the inspiration, it's incredible to see what he has done, along with Tigers Trust, and everyone here," Dawson said.

The Tigers Trust are now planning to expand the project to two evenings per week along with a session for children.

See: Tigers Trust

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