Faith in Football
Faith in Football Working Group
The Faith in Football Working Group was established in June 2011. The aim of the group
- is to use football to advise the FA on breaking down barriers and promoting social cohesion across faith based communities
- to advises the FA on religious and faith based issues which impacts on those communities and
- on opportunities for communities to participate in the game, who have previously not engaged.
These aims are achieved though education and faith based football related activities.
This link provides details of the first meeting of the Working Group, held at Wembley Stadium.
What are we trying to achieve?
Football creates unique opportunities for people of different faiths and beliefs to come together and enjoy the game. The FA along with its stakeholders are seeking to use education to break down barriers between people of different faiths and religions in a safe and fun environment.
Faith in Football Education Programme
Over the past twelve months, the working group has showcased its Faith in Football education programme. The aim of this project is to deliver a joint partnership supported pilot between the FA, Wembley Learning Zone and Three faiths forum that brought together three single faith schools from the Catholic, Jewish and Muslim communities to Wembley, engaging sixty 5-6 year olds four times over 12 months.
Amongst some of the projects achievements were:
- 100% attendance at the four linking sessions at Wembley involving 3 primary schools from the London Borough of Brent. These included St. Monica’s Catholic School, Al Sadiq and Al Zahra School and the North West London Jewish Day School
- 60 children participated in the link programme
- 60 children and 60 parents gained a broader understanding of different faith based groups and tolerance of different communities
- 60 children of Catholic, Jewish and Muslim faiths have engaged with the Tesco Skills Programme
- 60 children have developed a heightened awareness of each of their counterparts faith
- 60 children and 60 parents completed the Wembley tour
- 60 children successfully completed the programme
Who are the stakeholders?
- Kick it Out - www.kickitout.org
- Asia Europe - http://www.oneculture.tv/
- Muslim Women Sports Foundation - http://www.mwsf.org.uk/
- Three Faith Forums www.threefaithsforum.org.uk
- Osmani Trust - http://www.osmanitrust.org/
- Wembley Learning Zone - http://wembleystadium.com/Organisation/Local-Communities
- Members from the FA Race Equality Advisory Group
- Metropolitan Police Safe Neighborhood Teams
Islamophobia education pack
An Islamophobia education pack produced by Show Racism the Red Card which aims to familiarise young people with the causes and consequences of Islamophobia.
Islamophobia film trailer
A short film produced by Show Racism the Red Card, featuring the views of many top players and also young people discussing their experiences of and views on Islamophobia
Rivals Not Enemies - film preview
A short educational film produced by Show Racism the Red Card, featuring top Scottish footballers and celebrities on the issue of Sectarianism in football.
The Y Word
A short awareness film produced by Kick it Out educating on use of ‘the Y word’.
Muslim Women’s Sports Foundation
A video presentation of the work carried out by The Muslim Women’s Sports Foundation.
Sporting equals Faith factsheets
A selection of factsheets on various faiths produced by Sporting Equals.
The FA religious calendar 2013 - A3 version
Key dates in the religious calendar
The FA religious calendar 2013 - A4 version
Key dates in the religious calendar
Faith Centres Report - Sporting Equals
A report into how Faith Centres can be of benefit to a community and how they can be accessed by the sports sector to grow participation from underrepresented groups