An Evening to Celebrate Ramadan

Breaking Iftar and learning how to support Muslim players

On Thursday 7 April, Cheshire FA were proud to host an evening to celebrate Ramadan, together breaking Iftar and learning more about the challenges faced by Muslim players during Ramadan and how clubs/leagues can support.

We welcomed Ebadur Rahman of Nujum Sports as guest speaker, who provided guests with an insight into the Muslim faith and great detail around Ramadan itself. It was a very informative piece. Ebadur also shared how Cheshire FA were the first County FA in the country to sign the Muslim Athlete Charter; a pledge supporting Muslims in our beautiful game. 

Butch Fazal, FA Coach Inclusion & Diversity Manager, then put on a special training session for a local club, delivered in a way that explained how slight adjustments could be made to support and include Muslim players. 

All guests were then invited to break Iftar, with the going down of the sun, and shared some delicious food provided by our friends at Kanya Bistro. 

We welcomed guests to join us for a Q&A, before the evening came to a close. 

Cheshire FA CEO, Steve Smithies, spoke of the importance of hosting events such as this: "We are very proud as a County FA to be able to host this event, the first of it's kind, welcoming friends from the Muslim community along with many allies who wanted to learn more about how they can support. Thank you to Ebs and Butch for providing such an engaging and informative evening, and to all those who joined us." 

We thank all those who attended this special night. 

For more information on how you can support Muslim members of your football community, visit the link below: