SUFFOLK 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, Suffolk FA sought to sign the Muslim Athlete Pledge to listen, learn, and adopt good practice to help 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 check list addressing Muslim players’ needs.
This Pledge is part of the wider work of Suffolk FA around equality and diversity and an important aspect 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 Suffolk FA strengthen our voice and zero tolerance towards any form of discrimination.
Suffolk FA Inclusion Officer Kirsty Smith said: “We believe this a positive step for Suffolk FA and integral to our work with supporting players within our grassroots game.
“By understanding their faith and cultural needs we can better position ourselves as a County FA, whilst also making the participants within the grassroots game/communities feel valued and appreciated.
“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.
On signing the pledge, CEO and Founder of Nujum Sports, Ebadur Rahman said: “Having signed the pledge, Suffolk 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 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.”
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