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Islamic Relief UK teams up with Goals and Nujum to provide multi-faith prayer rooms at football centres across the country

Charity Islamic Relief UK is supporting five-a-side football company Goals and Nujum Sports (a not for profit supporting professional Muslim athletes) to build multi-faith prayer rooms at football pitches throughout the UK for the first time. Together they will build a total of 43 multi-faith rooms at selective of Goals’ sites, making football more accessible for people of all religious backgrounds.

Part of Goals’ mission statement is to encourage as many people as possible to play the beautiful game, and having religious facilities on site will encourage a wider diversity of players to take up the sport. For religious groups such as Muslims, who pray five times a day at specific times, these prayer rooms will make it far easier for them to get involved, without having to worry if they’ll have a space to pray when they are required to.

Currently there is an underrepresentation of Muslims in grassroots football. For example. according to the Muslimah Sports Association, 97% of British Muslim women want to increase their participation in sport, yet 37% are not involved in any sports or activities. PryGiven that 43% went on to say that current sports facilities are not appropriate to them, increasing access to prayer rooms could help to improve these stats.

The first multi-faith room to open as part of this initiative will be at Wembley the home of football, Wembley. They will be open to Goals users on Friday 8th March and will be available just in time for the religious month of Ramadan. Islamic Relief UK has also provided prayer mats at each site, making the rooms as easy to use and accessible for anyone playing football.

Zia Salik, deputy director, Islamic Relief UK, comments, “Football has so many physical, social, and mental benefits, as well as purely being fun, so should be welcome to all. Islamic Relief UK is really excited to be supporting this initiative with Goals and Nujum as it will make the sport far more accessible to all religious groups. No longer will people have to worry about missing the chance to meet up with friends for a game as they might miss prayer, now anyone can celebrate their faith and favourite sport without either being a barrier to the other.”

For any questions or to request to interview one of our spokespeople, please contact: Jonaid Jilani on Jonaid.jilani@islamic-relief.org.uk or 07872 403534; or William Jones on william.jones@islamic-relief.org.uk or 07543 221746

About Islamic Relief 

Islamic Relief is a faith-inspired, development and humanitarian agency working to transform and save the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in over 40 countries. Islamic Relief assists people according to need and does not discriminate in any way.

Set up in Birmingham in 1984 by a group of volunteers, we have assisted over 117 million people all over the world. We’re saving lives and empowering people to lift themselves out of poverty in over 40 countries – from Bangladesh to Bosnia, Pakistan to Palestine, Kenya to Kosovo. Islamic Relief is on the ground in some of the world’s most dangerous and difficult places – including Syria and Yemen – strengthening the most marginalised communities to withstand conflict and natural disasters and to build a brighter future. We also support vulnerable people in the UK in partnership with local charities and organisations.

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