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Moving to a new area can be daunting. You may not know anyone, and you’re not sure how best to meet people

That’s where Clarets Welcome can help.

Clarets Welcome is a friendly, welcoming football session that is FREE and open to any males over the age of 16 that are new to the Burnley and East Lancashire area.

We want you to feel at home here, so we’ve created an environment where everyone feels comfortable joining.

It’s really easy: just turn up at our session at The Leisure Box and get ready for some fun!

The original purpose of Clarets Welcome was to bring together young men who were displaced from Syria due to the ongoing conflict. But our doors are now open to 16+ males from all backgrounds who are new to the Burnley and East Lancashire area.
Clarets Welcome helps participants to develop their football skills, be a part of a team and, most importantly, enjoy football in a welcoming environment




Our participants derive numerous benefits from Clarets Welcome beyond the football sessions alone. Over the past two years, we’ve hosted visits from Burnley Football Club First Team Players who shared insights on their experiences moving to the UK from other countries and the support available here.

Additionally, we’ve travelled with our team to tournaments nationwide, forging new friendships, earning awards, and exploring different regions of the UK.



Our tournaments

More Information

If you are interested in participating or would like to refer a participant to the project, please contact Lewis Helps on

For more information on our Safeguarding Policy please view our safeguarding page here.