Cheshire FA has signed the Muslim Athlete Pledge to demonstrate its commitment to equality and diversity for all.
With an increase of more Muslim players in the profession as well as support from Muslim fans. Cheshire FA sought to sign the Muslim Athlete Pledge to listen, learn, and adopt good practice to help our players flourish and our fans feel loved and supported.
The pledge is a commitment and start to recognising Muslim needs in the sport and a checklist addressing Muslim players' needs. This pledge is part of our wider work around inclusion, equality and diversity and an important aspect for us to understand, grow, and adopt good practice. The pledge is the beginning of a journey to be fully accredited with the Nujum Sports Muslim Athlete Charter, which will help us strengthen our voice and zero tolerance towards any form of discrimination.
“It is pleasing to see Cheshire FA are continuing their proactive work around EDI by signing The Nujum Sport Muslim Athlete Pledge, demonstrating their commitment to equality and diversity for all. By signing this Pledge it moves Cheshire FA closer to achieving this vision," said Raj Randhawa, Kick It Out’s Northern Grassroots Officer.
"Football should be a sport that is accessible for all. This partnership shows a genuine commitment from Cheshire FA that Muslim individuals are supported in their environment to practice their faith while taking part in football.
"Someone's religion and belief should not be a barrier, and everyone should be supported within an inclusive environment so they can be themselves. Working with Nujum Sports means Cheshire FA will have an independent and critical friend to help remove any barriers for Muslim individuals to get involved in the game. Only through collaboration can we bring inclusion.”
"I'm really pleased that Cheshire FA are supporting the Muslim Athletes Pledge," added Butch Fazal,The FA’s Coach Inclusion and Diversity Manager. "Their commitment to inclusion and work in making grassroots football in Cheshire free from discrimination is inspiring."
"We believe this is a positive step for Cheshire FA and integral to our work with supporting our players, clubs, referees, coaches and volunteers," said Cheshire FA CEO, Steve Smithies. "By understanding their faith and cultural needs we can better position ourselves as an organisation that is committed to making football inclusive and free from discrimination."
On signing the pledge, CEO and Founder of Nujum Sports, Ebadur Rahman said: "Having signed the pledge, Cheshire FA is joining a positive movement of solidarity, equality, and recognition of the contribution Muslims make in their respective clubs and teams. Nujum is here to support professional clubs and their players and contribute positively to the their equality and diversity agenda. We are here to help them aspire to be even more inclusive and build on the passion and love we have for our respective clubs, players, and fans.
"By signing the pledge we have now started our journey working with Nujum Sports and hope to continue working with them to get fully accredited in the future."
To learn more about Nujum sports and the pledge please visit http://nujumsports.co.uk/pledge