Football Association of Wales signs Muslim athlete charter

Nujum Sports, a groundbreaking London-based Muslim organization that works with clubs, governing bodies and individuals to develop and support Muslim athletes in the UK recently took a milestone on their journey to compete. UK sports sector an inclusive environment for Muslim participants. On October 20, the Football Association of Wales (FAW) announced that it had signed the Muslim Athlete Charter. [1]

In a statement posted on FAW’s official website, the organization announced the start of greater inclusion for Muslim gamers and fans. He stated:

“The Pledge is the start of the journey to be fully accredited with Nijum [sic] Muslim Sports Athlete Charter, which will help us strengthen our voice and zero tolerance towards all forms of discrimination. [2]

Earlier this year, Nujum launched the Revolutionary Ten Point Charter, which focuses on meeting the needs and sensitivities of Muslim athletes in Britain. Today, the organization has found particularly strong support as the FAW pledges to embrace structural changes to make Welsh football more inclusive for Muslim players, staff and fans. This exciting development comes just months after 19 Premier League clubs gave their support to the one-of-a-kind charter. [3] [4]

The historical ten point Muslim athlete charter is complete in scope. Nujum believes that the document counts as a crucial step in bringing about changes in the sports sector. Several leading sports organizations have recognized the Charter and have already “clearly expressed their support for creating positive change within their respective organizations, and collectively, across the UK sports sector”. In addition to welcoming these developments, Nujum will likely provide additional support to these organizations, in order to “make progress in recognizing and supporting Muslim athletes.” [5]

Jason Webber, Head of Equality, Diversity and Integrity at FAW, commented on the organization’s commitment to the Muslim Athlete Charter:

“We are committed to creating an environment and culture that actively supports all religions in the Wales football family. Using the framework of the Muslim Athletes Charter and working closely with Nujum Sports, we will ensure that Muslim players are supported in their environment to practice their faith while playing football. [2]

Webber added:

“Someone’s religion and belief should not be an obstacle and everyone should be supported in an inclusive environment so that they can be themselves. We believe that football is a place where everyone should feel at their place and the signing of the Charter brings us closer to achieving this vision. ” [2]

The 145-year-old Football Association of Wales is the third oldest national association in the world, with influential memberships in the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the International Football Association. Consulting (IFAB). Indeed, the FAW presides over as one of the four organizations that make up the prestigious IFAB – the body that acts as the guardian of the “laws of the game”.

Ebadur Rahman, founder and director of Nujum Sports, expressed his enthusiasm at the announcement of the FAW engagement. The international relations specialist and leadership trainer said in a statement:

“After signing the pledge, FAW joins a positive movement of solidarity, equality and recognition of the contribution of Muslims to their respective clubs and teams. Nujum is there to support professional clubs and their players, and to contribute positively to their equality and diversity program. We’re here to help them aspire to be even more inclusive and to harness the passion and love we have for our respective clubs, players and fans. ” [2]

The remarkable successes of Nujum Sports do not end there. Although they were only created in August 2020, many top football clubs have already signed the Charter, along with dozens of other sports clubs. In fact, a League One club AFC Wimbledon followed the FAW’s path by joining the Muslim Charter on October 23. [6] Just three days after the FAW announced its participation in the landmark charter, current CEO and former COO of The Dons, Joe Palmer, said:

“Inclusiveness is vitally important throughout society, but it’s a word that doesn’t mean much if we’re not prepared to go the extra mile, embrace it and do something physically. to succeed. So I am delighted that we signed a new Muslim charter this week, aimed at helping to recognize, accept and respond to the needs of Muslim players. The players love our own Ayoub Assal. [7]

Palmer further noted that there would inevitably be many more Muslim players joining sports organizations and clubs in the UK. Consequently, it is necessary that the particular needs of these actors be taken into account.

“In this case, we will discuss with the Muslim players their needs before recruiting them and provide them with suitable places of prayer when training, traveling or participating in competitions.

“Players will be allowed to attend Friday noon prayers in a mosque if they are not playing or traveling; we will provide halal food and offer support while they fast during Ramadan. We will also be educating everyone in our club so that we all understand why alcohol is not allowed, even during the celebration. ” [7]

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