Academy teams attend educational workshops.
Leeds United have been showing their support for Islamophobia Awareness Month, a campaign that aims to showcase the positive contributions of Muslims as well as raise awareness around Islamophobia in society.
With the support of MEND, a not-for-profit company that helps to empower and encourage British Muslims within local communities, a number of age groups within the Leeds United Academy have taken part in various educational workshops throughout November around the important topic.
During the presentations hosted at the training ground, the young players were able to learn more about Muslims and what Islamophobia can look like in society, whether that’s verbal or physical attacks, discrimination, stereotyping, exclusion, or marginalisation.
There was also the chance to have a discussion around what they thought was causing Islamophobia to rise within the UK, and what they thought could be done to tackle and end Islamophobia, with the main objective being to continue learning and being educated on the subject.
Local representative for MEND, Haris Muhammad, who delivered the workshops, said: “I just wanted to say thank you for the opportunity to deliver the presentations to the various groups up at Thorp Arch. The players were a credit to themselves and the club. They were engaging, inquisitive and receptive to a topic that can be difficult to absorb.”
The theme for Islamophobia Awareness Month 2022 was to try and tackle denial of Islamophobia. Denial can be seen in many different forms and can be found in political and social spaces throughout society. By denying the existence of Islamophobia, we are dismissing the lived experiences of Muslims and also the opportunity we have to bridge the gaps in our society.
If you would like any more information around the work being done by MEND to tackle Islamophobia, please click here.