Published on 29 April 2021

Johan Cruyff always wanted to do something for refugee children. This is happening now -with a big thank you to the players of the ‘Nationale Postcode Loterij’- who finance this project.

Together with the NGO, Movement On The Ground, a total of three Cruyff Courts are being realized on the Greek islands of Lesbos and Samos. The first Cruyff Court on Lesbos was built this month and taken into use with great enthusiasm!

To show the impact a Cruyff Court has on the population, we share their stories. This week the first story of Mohammed Adnan.

Mohammed Adnan.

Meet 21-year-old Mohammad Adnan from Iraq. Back in June 2019, Mohammad followed his family and made his way to Greece, where he then lived with his family in Kara Tepe. Full of life, spirit and hope for the future, Mohammad is able to practice his skills and talents as a sports coach and photographer with Movement On The Ground.

Over the past months, Mohammad ­– together with fellow photographer and sports coach, Mohammad Khalaf – has been capturing the realization of the Cruyff Court in RIC Lesvos. For him, this project truly embodies the spirit of refugee hospitality. The space is an opportunity for the community to connect and for children to play, learn and grow.

Watch the video to learn more about his story and what sports means to him: