Muslim youngsters’ football club builds bridges and puts a smile on people’s faces by David Conn the Guardian
It the end of a long season for the Football Association’s charter standard club of the year, AHF FC, children in the under-eights, under-nines and under-11s are deep into enthusiastic friendlies at the excellent Witton Park football fields on the fringes of Blackburn. The club is open to all children, although they are mostly young Muslims, as it is run by the local Abu Hanifah Foundation, which emphasises a progressive interpretation of Islam and an aim of nurturing rounded young people who will make a positive contribution to wider British society.They are playing regular opponents Fulledge Colts, predominantly featuring white children from Burnley, also a charter standard club, which means they have qualified coaches and sign up to the FA’s Respect campaign for better behaviour on the grassroots parklands.
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