Nottingham Forest players will wear the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) logo on the front of their shirts from 1 January 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 UK for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to support relief efforts for people fleeing conflict and persecution around the world,” a club statement said.
“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 fixtures with the logo of UK for UNHCR on the front of their shirts, as a sign of solidarity for families who have been forced to flee their homes and communities.”
The Premier League club added they have “also made a financial donation to support international relief efforts and will use all its available commercial and marketing channels to drive awareness of UNHCR’s humanitarian work.” UK for UNCHR will be the club’s new international charity partner. “Nottingham Forest now joins other international teams in supporting global human rights,” the statement added.
“We are hugely grateful to Nottingham Forest’s generosity and compassion in supporting refugees and UNHCR’s relief efforts around the world,” said Charlotte Boyle, the chair of UK for UNHCR. “Through this solidarity, [they are] sending a powerful message to families fleeing conflict that they will not be forgotten.”
Forest, two-times European champions who were promoted back to the top flight last summer after a 23-year absence, have played without a shirt sponsor so far this season and will do so again at Manchester United on Tuesday, with UNHCR to appear 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 that for the remainder of the season we will use the front of the famous Nottingham Forest shirt to tell such an important story,” said the club’s owner, Evangelos Marinakis. “It will be an honour 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 highlight the work of UNHCR for the remainder of the season, in addition to the local causes our Community Trust supports,” Marinakis added. “This comes at a time when the world faces enormous challenges in helping the most vulnerable people in society.”
Nottingham Forest will provide details of how fans can get the UK for UNHCR logo applied to existing replica shirts in due course.