Pitching In Northern Premier League Marine announces that it has given free season tickets to Ukrainians who have moved into the South Sefton area since the invasion of Ukraine by Russia in February.

It is part of a wider effort by Marine to support the plight of the Ukrainian people.

A few weeks ago, following a major fundraising effort, Marine President Dave Thompson organised for three ambulances to be driven from the UK to Ukraine to be deployed in Odesa, Kherson and Dnipro.

This week Dave himself visited Ukraine and visited an orphanage moved from Kharkiv, and he presented football shirts donated by Everton and Marine.

Dave was also taken to the devastated villages Bucha and Irpin just outside Kyiv where 1,800 civilians lost their lives.

The next project will be to buy football equipment and trainers so that the kids of the orphanage can play football.

Closer to home, in South Sefton, many families have welcomed Ukrainian refugees including Marine committee member Peter McCormack who has welcomed a family of three from Sumy in the Kharkiv region.

To further integrate our Ukrainian friends into the community we have issued free season tickets to all living locally.

We are to have an official welcoming to our new friends at half-time of the Emirates FA Cup tie vs Radcliffe FC on Saturday 3rd September with a pitch presentation from Dave Thompson.

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