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Hockey in England teams up with Muslim Sports Foundation to give Muslim girls the chance to play hockey

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A project led by the England Hockey and Muslim Sports Foundation will give Muslim girls in Birmingham the chance to play hockey for the first time and be inspired by the Commonwealth Games, with the success of the project expanding to other cities across the country. may also be expanded to

The project, supported by Sport England’s Commonwealth Games Legacy Fund to increase participation in sport for the least active groups, involves a group of 40 girls aged 8-16 participating in weekly I’ve seen so many people grow in love by attending a free hockey session. for the game.

In partnership with England Hockey and the Muslim Sports Foundation (the UK’s leading grassroots organization that aims to inspire, guide and support Muslims to practice a healthy and active lifestyle), the two have joined together to create a small We offered an eight-week program at the Heath Wellbeing Center and worked with a local mosque. Community leaders engage with girls and tackle the barriers they face in participating in sport and physical activity.

These vary, but include cultural barriers, economic barriers to institutional access, as well as body image and self-confidence issues, and low participation rates among girls of Muslim background living in urban areas. It often happens.

The session was led by England hockey coaches, including local coach Christine Darby Albi, who is a converted Muslim, and was filmed by local photographer Millie Noble. They are set to reopen in September as part of England Hockey’s broader Birmingham 2022 legacy programme. It aims to increase participation and improve access and opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to play hockey in the West Midlands. The England Hockey and Muslim Sports Foundation is also exploring the possibility of implementing the project in other cities around the country.

England Hockey plans to develop further plans in partnership with the Muslim Sports Foundation. We look forward to hearing from clubs/streamers who would like to participate in future plans. Email

“The Commonwealth Games are great for Birmingham and the West Midlands, but it is important to address the inactivity across the region that has not had the opportunity to play hockey for various reasons, and use it as an opportunity to interact with the community. By working with The Muslim Sports Foundation, we were able to provide a program that was sensitive to the barriers faced by Muslim girls, and the results were excellent.

“I’ve seen the sessions grow in popularity week by week. It’s been great to see the girls really get into and love hockey during that time. I’ve used this as a model , I hope we can give Muslims girls in other cities around the country the same chance to try hockey.” Nick Pink, Chief Executive Officer of England Hockey

“The sessions have proven to be very popular in the community and have received great feedback from parents and girls. underscores our mission to “deserve The girls genuinely enjoy coming each week with passion and enthusiasm, and her hockey collaboration with the Muslim Sports Foundation in England made the success possible. ”- Yasmin Hussain, Muslim Sports Foundation

“It’s great to be part of this project and to see the girls improve so quickly. They’re desperately collecting sticks and balls as they run to get to their sessions on time.” As a Muslim myself, it is a joy to share the sport I love with other Muslims and to see the joy of playing hockey on their faces each week.” Christine Dalby-Ali Coach, Session Provider