The work done by the Bundesliga Foundation in aiding refugees has been recognised with the award of an internationally renowned prize in London.

The Beyond Sport Foundation has acknowledged the Bundesliga and its Foundation for their assistance in integrating refugees with the ‘Humanitarian in Sport Award’. Previous winners of the prize include former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and former Cote d’Ivoire international Didier Drogba.

'Welcome to football'

The panel of judges’ decision was based on the work done by the integration programme of the ‘Welcome to football’ foundation, an initiative led by the German Children and Young People’s Foundation (DKJS). The DJKS is itself supported by the Bundesliga Foundation, from which it has received funding in the sum of 1.05 million Euros as part of the overall refugee initiative spearheaded by Aydan Özoguz, German member of parliament and Commissioner for Immigration, Refugees and Integration.

“We are delighted to receive this prize and gladly accept it on behalf of all the clubs, who continue to actively support refugees under the motto ‘Welcome to football’, said Bundesliga Foundation chairman Stefan Kiefer.

The Beyond Sport Foundation is a registered charity that works together with its partners Barclays bank, TIME magazine and children’s charity UNICEF in support of disadvantaged and excluded populations.