Dozens of families from Ukraine welcomed to Rugby Park

Killie Community welcomes 32 young people from Ukraine to Rugby Park.

The club opened its doors to 32 young people and their families fleeing war in Ukraine. Aged from as young as 3, young people enjoyed a tour of Rugby Park stadium, play games on the pitch and received a Killie kit of their own.

The event comes as part of the ‘Killie Family’ programme supporting New Scot inclusion with the Scottish Refugee Council.

Each Monday, the charity offer local families from Ukraine, Syria and Afghanistan a place to come and play free football, improving their skills, their English and making new friends.

Head of Charity, Jordan Allison, said: “We’re proud of our place at the heart of the community here in Ayrshire, and so the club is determined to do whatever we can to support and welcome anyone fleeing war and persecution.

“We’ve all monitored the news about what’s happening in Ukraine. If a small gesture like this can make some families feel welcome, safe and part of the Killie family, then we’re more than happy to help.”