• Sat. Nov 26th, 2022

Archery GB and Muslim Sports Foundation to target inequalities

ByMary M. Ward

Oct 28, 2022

Archery GB and the Muslim Sports Foundation are proud to announce that we will work together to address inequalities within disadvantaged and neglected communities.

There is a historical association and appreciation of archery in the Islamic tradition. Through collaboration, we will facilitate this understanding to promote and advocate for archery activities and campaigns, especially within Muslim communities. Together we will develop archery in order to federate the communities.

Diversity is a key strategic ambition for Archery GB. Through Rimaya Project, an initiative funded by SportsAid, we engage with several partners to help increase archery participation in ethnically diverse communities. ‘Rimaya’ is the Arabic word for archery. Due to the cultural significance of archery in Islam and the ease of the sport with a wide range of clothing choices, the project places particular emphasis on engaging Muslim participants and especially women and the girls.

We also recently received funding through Sport England’s B2022: NGB Sport Participation, Innovation and Digital Fund, which will be used to develop Rimaya projects in the West Midlands and support Sport England. unite the movement strategy.

Sajid Hussain, President of the Muslim Sports Foundation, said: “The Muslim Sports Foundation is proud to establish a national partnership with Archery GB. setting.

“We are passionate about building viable relationships with organizations committed to our vision of a sustainable community ecosystem. Archery is a great sport that has an association deeply rooted in the Muslim paradigm. intention to revive this historic tradition in line with our ‘Active Sunnah’ Campaign, seeking to inspire the community through physical activity and movement.”

Members of the Muslim Sports Foundation try out archery at Archery GB headquarters in Lilleshall

Gayle Pink, Head of Engagement at Archery GB, said: “We aim to identify a network of partners and individuals to help us learn, share resources, promote and implement archery through the Rimaya project locally and nationally, so we are absolutely delighted to be forging a partnership with the Muslim Sports Foundation and we look forward to seeing the impact we can achieve by working together, to truly understand and break down barriers to provide a equal access and to ensure a sustainable delivery of archery in these areas.”

Together we will:

  • Identify, train and support the development of new volunteers, instructors and coaches
  • Establish new places to do archery, including clubs and communities
  • Set up programs for children and young people to try archery and continue their journey in the sport
  • Encourage and promote female participation
  • Offer accessible archery activities all year round
  • Increase competition and progression opportunities for all archery participants
  • Support the initiatives and programs of the Muslim Sports Foundation and Archery GB, for example, Active Sunnah and Start of archery week
  • Measure the impact of programs to ensure long-term, sustainable delivery of archery in Muslim communities