Sanctuary Strikers Football Club – Unity Is Power

Sanctuary Strikers Football Club are Berkshire’s only refugee football club. Started in 2017 by a former client and a volunteer, the club aims to promote integration by bringing together refugees and non-refugees to play football in the spirit of unity.

Establishing the team was an ambitious effort and took a lot of time, energy and paperwork to get off the ground. The cost of setting up and running the team, including registration fees, insurance, equipment and kits totalled over £5,000 for the first year. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has helped fund Sanctuary Strikers including The FA’s Grow The Game fund, AKG and our other generous donors.

Sanctuary Strikers have played together for three seasons and currently play in Division 3, Reading & District Sunday League. Our Home Ground is Palmer Park.

Join The Strikers

You can play with Sanctuary Strikers F.C.!

Refugees and Asylum Seekers can train and play matches for free. Non-refugees have to pay a weekly subs towards pitch hire and referee fees.

To speak to the coaches about joining the team, or for any other enquiries, please email

Sanctuary Strikers need your support

We do not charge Refugees to train or play with Sanctuary Strikers but non-refugees pay £10 per month membership towards cover running costs.

Sanctuary Strikers costs roughly £430 per month to run, including Pitch Hire, Training Facilities and Referee Fees and other one off costs (kits, balls, equipment).

Example Costs

Referee Fees – £36 per match
Pitch Hire – £36 per match
Winter Training Pitch Hire – £52 per week (we need lights for winter training)
Football – £15 per ball

If your company would like to sponsor the Strikers, please get in touch and we can discuss ideas!

Please consider donating to support Sanctuary Strikers F.C.

You can support them here:

Sanctuary Strikers In The Press

Sanctuary Strikers have achieved a lot in the few years they’ve been playing.

See some of the press they’ve received below:

European Press Agency
Spirit of Unity: Football Helping Refugees Find Their Feet in England

Ultimate Football Fan
The Call Out | Blud Bruvvas 2 Preseason | Minisode 5

For any press enquiries about the club, please email

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