NEW TO THE CITY

The Supporters’ Trust has helped welcome new international migrants to Cardiff – and what better way to say ‘Croeso’ than to taken them down the City. Nine participants from Poland, Congo, Sudan, India and Libya attended the Barnsley game last month to share a day out at the football.

The sun was shining as we all met up at the Leckwith Athletics Stadium for lunch, and despite the 2 all draw I’m glad to say they all had a great time.

The participants were filmed before and after the match to give us their impressions of attending a professional football game in Wales for the first time. We got a lot of positive feedback and they all said they would definitely be coming back to watch another game. They were all given disposable cameras to record their day in the Cardiff City Stadium and we hope to have a photo album and a video made to record their stories.

The day was part of the OPENCities project, which is exploring how international populations can contribute to a city’s success. The project is led by the British Council in partnership with 11 partner cities including Belfast, Bilbao, Bucharest, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Madrid, Nitra, Sofia, Poznan, Vienna and Cardiff.

The new migrants to Cardiff are pictured at the stadium. In the centre in the yellow top is Antoine Azangisa while Trust chair Tim Hartley is pictured behind in a blue T-shirt

Rakesh Lunia is pictured with Amogh Gupte

Trust chair Tim Hartley is pictured with Midhun Ramachandran

Supporters’ Trust Chair, Tim Hartley, said: “A lot of these guys love football but for whatever reason had never thought of attending a City match. It was good to meet them all and we must thank the club, Cardiff Council and the British Council for their help in making the visit such a success. We as a Trust have made some new friends for sure, but I think Cardiff now has nine more supporters.”