Project aims to get Muslim women into sport

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Three-year initiative launched by Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation

A NEW project had been launched to get Muslim women into sport.

The Born To Succeed (BTS) initiative was launched by London-based Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation’s earlier this month.

The three-year project, which is being funded by the Football Foundation, held a special launch event attended by England women’s football star Alex Scott.

Rimla Akhtar, MWSF Chairperson, said it was important to offer projects which encouraged Muslim women to take part in sports.

“A number of organisations often talk about supporting women from this community however action was never taken to prove their words,” she said.

“As an organisation, the MWSF has proven what can be achieved. The fact is that there are many Muslim women in this country who love to play sport and compete – this enthusiasm has been made clear in the work we have carried out so far.”

The BTS project, based in Acton, will offer training sessions in futsal and basketball as well as offering support to those interested in becoming qualified coaches and referees.

Alex Scott, England Women’s International said she was impressed with the groups work.

“The MWSF sessions are a great achievement, their attendance every week shows that there needs to be more thing like this including female only sessions. The whole organisation is a great success,” she said.

The Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation was set up in 2001 and provides an all female environment in which Muslim women can participate in sport.

The group is the official UK body to the International Women’s Islamic Games and gives players the opportunity to represent Great Britain in their chosen sport.

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