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All-Star wins community grant

Your Game matches community groups working with 16-25 year-olds to funding, training and employment opportunities. It does this through community festivals and year round support.


Rimla Akhtar
Rimla led successful funding bid

Your Game aims to help community groups survive and grow. The most direct way of ensuring this happens is to connect them with funders.

The Muslim Women's Sport Foundation

In 2004 Rimla Akhtar was part of a team that set up the Muslim Women's Sport Foundation. It aims to raise awareness of the issues facing Muslim women in sport.

Now the current chairperson Rimla has also represented MWSF at international futsal competitions.

"There are many Muslim women in this country who love to play sport and compete and this enthusiasm has been made clear through the work we've done. However, there is a definite lack of funding and facilities that cater for the needs of groups like ours."

Funding Success

In 2008 Rimla became a Your Game All-Star. During that time she was working on a funding application to the Football Foundation.

"We were approached by one of their funding managers who suggested we apply for the large community grant. It took 18 months for the money to come through as it was such a large amount."

It was worth the wait. In April this year the MWSF was awarded £250,000, a sum big enough to allow them to make a significant impact.

Born To Succeed

To get funding MWSF had to devise a sustainable model that fitted in with the aims of the Football Foundation.

"We started with discussions about what kind of project we wanted to create and we came up with Born To Succeed. It is about getting more Muslim girls and women involved in either playing, coaching and refereeing futsal or basketball.

"We run weekly sessions and create a league and tournaments in an all female environment so they feel completely relaxed and at ease. We've made partnerships with other community organisations through the funding and with the help of Your Game. We have common interests and goals. Our big aim is to get sports provision that Muslim girls and women can comfortably access. We have plans to expand but for now it's about laying the foundations."

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