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“Let the game begin” for young refugees and military personnel!

The Football Club ARSIS is the football team set up by young refugees in March 2018 in Thessaloniki. It is about unaccompanied teenagers and young adults who leave in shelters for unaccompanied minors and social quarters of ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth.

The aim of this football team is to strengthen the social inclusion through sports and promote social activity of disadvantaged children and young people. The financier of the project is the PIER program – Protection Integration, Education for Refugees   (, the booster is the Heinrich Böll Foundation of Greece (, while supporter of this effort is the Trade Unions Centre of Thessaloniki (

The Football Club ARSIS is about to give its third match on Friday, April 20, just one month after its creation. ARSIS young refugees will face Atlas FC, the football team composed of soldiers and officers of military units of Thessaloniki, at the Planet fc court (airport area,,  at 8.15 in the evening.

In the two previous matches of the 2nd round of the championship of the Trade Unions Centre of Thessaloniki, the Football Club ARSIS faced the football teams of OASTH and ELPE employees, while in May (8/5) it will compete with the staff of IKA.

Team leaders:

Vasilis Verdoudakis, sports psychologist – coach, contact phone number: 6976 306267

Valantis-Konstantinos Papathanasiou, lawyer, telephone number: 6945 220 443


Youth Support Centers ARSIS:

* 9 Spartis str. , 54640 Thessaloniki, Tel .: +30 2310 227311 & 2311 242956,

* 42 Ptolemaion, 54630 Thessaloniki, Tel: +30 2310 228850 & 2311 24305,

* For more information, please contact the Youth Support Center at Sparta 9 and tel 2310227311-2311242956.

  • The awareness campaign is supported by PIER – Protection, Integration and Education for Refugees in Greece, Italy and Austria., which is funded by the “Coca Cola Foundation”.