Nottingham Forest players will wear the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) logo on the front of their shirts from January 1 until the end of the 2022-23 football season, the club has announced.
“Nottingham Forest Football Club is proud to announce a new international charity partnership with the UK for UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, to support relief efforts for people fleeing conflict and persecution around the world,” said a statement. club statement.
“From the start of 2023 and for the remainder of the season, both the Nottingham Forest men’s and women’s teams will participate in all matches with the UK for UNHCR logo on the front of their shirts, as a sign of solidarity with families who have forced them to flee their homes and communities.”
The Premier League club added that they “have also made a financial donation to support international relief efforts and will use all available commercial and marketing channels to raise awareness of UNHCR’s humanitarian work.” UK for UNCHR becomes the club’s new international charity partner. “Nottingham Forest now joins other international teams in support of global human rights,” the statement said.
“We are immensely grateful to Nottingham Forest for its generosity and compassion in supporting refugees and UNHCR’s relief efforts around the world,” said Charlotte Boyle, UK Chair for UNHCR. “Because of this solidarity [they are] sending a powerful message to families fleeing the conflict that they will not be forgotten.”
Forest, two-time European champions who were promoted back to the top flight after a 23-year absence last summer, has played without a shirt sponsor so far this season and will do so again at Manchester United next Tuesday, with the arrival of UNHCR. on kits for the home game with Chelsea on New Year’s Day. The women’s team, currently second in the National League North, will also use the new logo.
“We are delighted to be using the front of the famous Nottingham Forest shirt for the rest of the season to tell such an important story,” said club owner Evangelos Marinakis. “It will be an honor to display their name on our shirt in support of this important cause.”
“I hope [our] fans will also be proud that we have chosen to showcase UNHCR’s work for the rest of the season alongside the local charities our Community Trust supports,” added Marinakis. “This comes at a time when the world is facing enormous challenges in helping the most vulnerable people in society.”
Nottingham Forest will provide details on how fans can get the UK for UNHCR logo on existing replica shirts in due course.