Weʼre raising £5,000 to help support the British Muslim Women’s Basketball team, official partner of GB Basketball
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The MWSF is an independent volunteer-led charity set up 2001 with the overarching aim to increase the involvement of Muslim women and girls in sport without compromising their religious or cultural values through catering to and raising awareness of their specific needs.
We recognise that there is a gap in ambassadors who are Muslim and female in sport. We are looking to secure funding in order to set up the British Muslim Women’s Basketball team. We have the support of British Basketball as their official partners for this team and then we will hope to add Futsal and Badminton British Teams alongside.
Team members will carry out the following activities once selected:
- Training and exhibition games across the UK and internationally. - Local outreach through a diverse range of schools and community groups from all backgrounds.
- Media outreach through a strategic communications plan with regular sharing of stories.
The funding being requested is for a twelve month project to launch and stabile the squad.
This work is vital for the Muslim women population in the UK. According to Sport England’s last Active People Survey, only 7% of Muslim women take part in the recommended level of physical activity, although 21% take part in some sort of physical activity. The MWSF’s own research has shown numerous barriers to entry, with the lack of visible role models being one of the greatest. Parliamentary reports, including from the Women and Equalities committee, have shown that Muslim women and girls face multiple layers of systemic and structural inequality – if they develop personal aspirations, they often have to overcome gender stereotypes from within their community; if they have the support of the community, they have to navigate sexism, racism and Islamaphobia, as well as issues relating to social deprivation etc.
It would mean so much if you might help fund this ambitious project which impact Muslim women at all levels.
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