124%

funded

US$4,118

raised of US$3,295 fixed goal

Funded

on 30 September 2017

Launched: 15 Aug 2017

Funding ends: 30 Sep 2017

All Black FC Hong Kong:
Social and Community Inclusion Through Love of Football

Mission

All Black Football Club believes in the power of football as a common language that can bridge social, cultural, and ethnic difference. The vision of the football club is to become a platform for marginalized group to express themselves and integrate into the local community through sports.

 

Purpose of Funding

All the money raised from this campiagn will be used to join the Cosmos Football League, one of the most prominent private leagues in town, which costs HKD 25,700. Please see the detailed breakdown of costs below:

Home

Unit Price

Quantity

Total (HKD)

Pitch fee

660

   

Referee fee

390

   

Sub-total

1050

15

15750

       

Away

     

Pitch fee

140

   

Referee fee

390

   

Sub-total

530

15

7950

 

Why is playing in a league so important?

Although All Black FC treasures every single opportunity to play on the pitch, athletes are all born to test and go beyond their limits. In such sense, playing friendly matches on an ad-hoc basis may not be best way to feed their appetite to fight harder and grow stronger. Without an ID card, refugees/ asylum seekers are barred from joining the local football league in the city, despite their well-proven skills and sportsmanship. Thus, joining a private league is perhaps the only way out for the team.

Currently, all the expenses (including but not limiting to the venue for practice, jerseys and transportation subsidies) are covered by the team's founder and manager Medard Koya from his own pocket. While Medard is a resident in Hong Kong and thus allowed to work to earn a living himself, the fee to play in a private league for a year is way beyond his means. Therefore, All Black FC sincerely seeks for donations from all of you, in order to celebrate their passion for football and fully ultilize its potentials. The team will not be able to grow sustainably without your kind and generous help.

Who is All Black?

The football team currently consists mostly of refugees and asylum seekers who fled their home country due to war and persecution. Currently the team is also inviting ethnic minorities and underprivileged teens in Hong Kong, who, just like the refugees, face day-to-day discrimination and marginalization, to join All Black FC.

 

All Black and Refugees/Asylum Seekers in Hong Kong

All Black FC is about more than just “play”: It is a place for the team members to enhance their sense of self-worth, which is extremely important for those who had fled their countries due to wars, persecution or massive violations of human rights. Many arrived in Hong Kong exhausted and traumatized, with little to no financial and emotional support. As it usually takes years, or even decades, for asylum seekers to have their cases heard and processed, they have no choice but to be trapped in the limbo – a condition that can be frustrating and excruciating at times. Worse still, the refugee community is often being promulgated by the mainstream discourse as either dangerous criminals or mute and helpless victims – both of which are far from the truth.

“This program has made us feel different and also made us feel important as people who can bring something positive to the community… I felt more close to the local students and hope this feeling will continue everywhere not only in this room” – one of the All Black FC players 

Against this backdrop, All Black FC not only becomes a second home and a safe haven for the refugees and asylum seekers, it also serves as an invaluable platform for them to express themselves as well as to integrate into the local community through sports. Since its establishment in mid-2016, All Black has played more than 10 friendly matches and tournaments with various local teams. In addition, the team has also joined hands with universities in Hong Kong to host sport and cultural events for students, through which All Black FC strives to serve as a bridge between the refugee and the Hong Kong communities.

 “When you made the choice to accept others this change everything… I hope can continue to be ourselves and continue to enjoy Hong Kong as multicultural city” – Local university student

 

 

Previous media coverage on All Black FC

Hong Kong Cable News 香港有線新聞
港非洲足球隊領隊出錢出力教球隊 (17-07-2017) 

Denmark Weekendavisen 
Sorte djaevle (Translation: Black Devil) | 14-07-2017

Hong Kong Apple Daily 蘋果日報
花絮:難民兵「夫添」撐場 | 14-06-2017

Hong Kong Apple Daily 蘋果日報
【港足加油】打氣Tee受歡迎 難民足球隊都撐場 | 13-06-2017

Hong Kong South China Morning Post  南華早報
Hong Kong’s all-African refugee soccer team helps players tackle problems off the pitch, despite hostility and racism on the field |12-06-2017

Hong Kong Free Press
Hong Kong’s refugees find comfort through love of soccer | 30-05-2017

Hong Kong 01  香港01
非洲難民本地足球隊以足球與港人交流尋希望 | 27-05-2017

Reuters 路透社
Hong Kong refugee football team kicks up hope | 24-05-2017

 

Medard Privat Koya
Project by
Medard Privat Koya

HK$200

(approximately US$26*)

Thank you for your generous support. Your donation helps All Black FC to continue our dream for football and social integration. 


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HK$500

(approximately US$65*)

For those who donate HK$500 or more will be given a free ticket to our African Cultural Night which incorporates music, dance, food, sharing and much more! We will send the ticket to you through email.

Date: 7th October 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 7pm-10pm 


Estimated Delivery: Oct 2017
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