In January Muslim Aid distributed sleeping bags at a number of homeless shelters across London as part of the Warm Hearts Winter Campaign. Whilst speaking with the centre manager at The Salvation Army’s Booth House in Whitechapel, it became clear that the centre’s users were involved in many community services and activities and had formed their own football team. Recognising the need to become more socially active with members of the community, especially within the Tower Hamlets area, where the Muslim Aid Head Quarters are based, Muslim Aid staff proposed a friendly football match between the two organisations.
Building relationships with people of all faiths and races in the community is a matter which Muslim Aid gives high importance. This friendly game was held on Wednesday 15th February, Newham Leisure Centre. The match ended in favour of Muslim Aid (Muslim Aid 11-6 Booth House). Hopefully this will be the first of many community based activities; providing unconventional, yet necessary support to the homeless, promoting solidarity between faith based charities.
As for football this is the beginning of a more interactive future, both on and off the pitch, holding the promise for other side to win next time.