Cambridge Fans United have been working with Fans for Diversity a national project orgainsed by the Football Supporters' Association and Kick It Out. Fans for Diversity aims are to celebrate diversity in football to ensure all fans feel safe and welcome at the game, regardless of; age, disability, gender, race, faith, sexual orientation or any other protected characteristic. CFU were able to be one of the supporter groups taking part in the national project celebrating Ramadan through our contacts at Fans For Diversity https://thefsa.org.uk/our-work/fans-for-diversity/
The gifts included food items that can be used throughout the period, club calendars and footballs which were provided by the Cambridge United Community Trust.
Cambridge United is a football club, it is also a community football club. It is really important that we build closer relationships with everyone locally. Football provides a unique opportunity to do this. Both football clubs and Mosques during the past year have been responsible for so much good work throughout their communities. We should be working and building on these foundations together.
Nather Al-Khatib CambsFA Board Director (IAG) said " It is a great opportunity to be engaging with the local community during Ramadan by Cambridge United and Fans for Diversity. I hope we can build on these positive steps to engage more communities in such a diverse city. Football is a great platform to bring people from all backgrounds together, and can be used to inspire the next generation."
Anwar Uddin from Fans for Diversity said " I think it's brilliant the club are working with the Fans for Diversity campaign to engage with the whole city. The Muslim community celebrate Ramadan this month and for the club to acknowledge and support that is testament to their work on inclusion. The club has a great history and a terrific fanbase and it's important as many people in the city have an opportunity to be part of that and support their local football club".
Shahida Rahman Trustee, Cambridge Central Mosque- Cambridge Central Mosque were delighted to welcome everyone involved in the project celebrating diversity in football. On behalf of the Mosque I would like to thank those involved for the generous Ramadan packs that were presented to us. We hope to continue and expand our relationship with Cambridge United Football Club and our local community, for projects that will benefit the youth, both boys and girls in the future.
The Cambridge Central Mosque was opened to the public on in 2019. With its emphasis on sustainability and high reliance on green energy, the mosque is Europe's first eco-mosque. In addition to the mosque's dedicated areas (ablution, teaching, children's area, morgue), there is a café, teaching area and meeting rooms for use by the local Muslim and non-Muslim communities. It can accommodate up to 1000 worshippers.
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