Hong Kongers in Britain thrive through Football

Football is helping Hong Kongers moving to Britain find their feet.

Under The UK Government’s BN(O) Visa programme, applicants moving to Merseyside are integrating with locals through football, setting up teams and joining in leagues. ‘The beautiful game’ has even influenced location choices for some new arrivals.

Keung Ng

Avid LFC fan, Keung Ng moved to England in early 2023 and without any hesitation, Liverpool was his chosen city to settle.

Mr. Ng and his wife moved to a southern suburb of the city where they have adapted to local life quickly.  Mr Ng (Trilingual in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English) has since attended numerous LFC fixtures and even aspires to find an employment opportunity with the Club in any role matching his experience.

“I have followed Liverpool from Hong Kong for the past 20 years, so there was only ever one place to move to in England.” Mr Ng explained, adding “My wife and I have now experienced the warmth of Liverpool people, and we’re truly grateful to have been able to make Liverpool our home.”

In Manchester, a contingent of Hong Kongers have enjoyed a season of success with their team, FC Konger, whose triumphs include acceptance into the regional FA Saturday league, numerous victorious fixtures and have even opened a café in Trafford Park.

This year Tranmere Rovers with partners BNOhub are hosting the UK Hong Kong Cup, a knockout tournament played at the Club’s training ground, with the semi-final and Cup Final being played at Prenton Park.

Teams and fans from across England will travel to Merseyside for the Early May Bank Holiday event. The event is welcoming fans of teams and interested locals to the Cup Final on 6 May.

Lead image: FC Konger at Prenton Park. Credit: BNOhub

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