Berks & Bucks FA has signed the Muslim Athlete Pledge, a framework to challenge organisations to make progress on recognising and providing support for Muslim athletes, to demonstrate our commitment to equality and diversity for all.
We understand the difficulties in accessing football if you are a Muslim player and as an organisation we want to ensure we are recognising and supporting Muslim athletes. Signatories to the pledge are making clear their support for creating positive change within their respective organisations, and collectively, across the UK sports sector.
As an organisation we want to promote a culture of educational excellence for Muslim athletes within a caring and secure Islamic environment, enriched with the values of discipline, mutual care & respect and which extends into and beyond our wider football communities.
This pledge is part of our wider work around equality and diversity and an important aspect for us to understand, grow, and adopt good practice. It is the beginning of a journey to be fully accredited with the Nujum Sports Muslim Athlete Charter which will help us strengthen our voice and zero tolerance towards any form of discrimination.
Callum Salhotra, Community & Inclusion Manager at Berks & Bucks FA, said: "Berks & Bucks FA are happy to support Nujum Sports and the Muslim Athlete Charter. We respect the Muslim community across our region and want to make sure we are representing them within football.
"By committing to sign the pledge we want to take positive actions as a workforce to ensure that, when planning events and projects, we are considerate of Muslim players. We will also look to develop further programmes to engage those not participating in football due to lack of inclusivity, to ensure that football across Berks & Bucks is accessible for all."
On signing the pledge, CEO and Founder of Nujum Sports, Ebadur Rahman said: “Having signed the pledge, Berks & Bucks FA is joining a positive movement of solidarity, equality, and recognition of the contribution Muslims make in their respective clubs and teams."
For more information about the Muslim Athlete Pledge, please visit Nujum Sports website. Alternatively, to find out more about Inclusion in Football and the work happening across our region, please visit the dedicated Inclusion section of our website.