Alex Iwobi teams up with Charity Group to support community football

August 16th 2022, 4:23:39 pm

Just after playing against Aston Villa, Alex Iwobi traveled to help kids playing in communities get better opportunities

Alex Iwobi teams up with EMSONI for Community Football (Twitter/EMSONI)

Super Eagles star Alex Iwobi has teamed up with the Ethnic Minority Sports Organisation Northern Ireland group (EMSONI) in a bid to give kids an opportunity to play football.

Iwobi, through his own charity Project 17, is working with EMSONI to achieve diversification and integration in sports by promoting the participation of minority and local communities.

The Everton star is aiming to give the opportunities he did not have while growing up as a child in England to others who might want to get into football.

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Immediately after featuring for Everton in the Premier League against Aston Villa, Iwobi flew to Belfast, Northern Ireland alongside EMSONI founder Adekanmi Abayomi to visit the Mayor of Belfast.

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As reported by BBC Sport, Iwobi explained that his involvement with EMSONI struck a chord during his childhood days playing in different communities in London.

Iwobi said: "It takes me back to my childhood days. I was playing with different cultures, different backgrounds when I was playing all over London and Essex.

"I want everyone to have the same opportunity, or even more, than I did as a kid. In football you are able to experience a lot of life situations and it brings everyone together.

"I'm here to support and give back to the community. I am always here to try and show up and support as much as I can."

Abayomi hailed Iwobi's passion for the project, stating that the Super Eagles midfielder is being a good role model by trying to pave the same path he treaded for the upcoming stars.

"We are so happy with the passion from him. It's amazing to see a promising young guy who has done well for himself use his platform to inspire young people and bring communities together," the EMSONI Founder said about Iwobi.

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"Alex brings a lot to this project and a lot to Northern Ireland. He has done well for himself and he is a success story. We can use it as a good model to show what people can do for themselves."

Iwobi is set to be in action again for Everton when they host Taiwo Awoniyi's Nottingham Forest on Saturday, August 20.


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