Sunderland Samba

Sunderland Samba FC was formed in 1999. It has its roots in the Methodist Church in Sunderland in north east England, but involves people from many different backgrounds. It all began when two young men, John and Gareth, were inspired to do something positive for young men in the local community and started out as a small group meeting for a kick about in the park. Since then, the club has grown and has a large network of players and opportunities: 11-a-side team in the NE Christian league and National Christian Football Festival, Young Volunteers Programme, Children's Holiday Coaching Scheme, as well as the Kenya Project supporting our Samba Girls Team in Nairobi.
The club is made up of a diverse group of nationalities and cultures, with local young men, asylum seekers and refugees from many countries, and people from many backgrounds. Over the years our players have come from England, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Botswana, Cameroon, Germany, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Kurdistan, Liberia, Nigeria, Palestine, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Togo, Turkey and Zimbabwe…

Sunderland Samba FC has grown from small beginnings into a friendly club aimed at bringing people together through playing football and shared experiences to explore purpose and meaning in life.