WITH Ramadan beginning earlier this month, QPR’s Academy were delighted to take part in an insightful Ramadan Awareness workshop.
Through the Academy’s partnership with Ebadur Rahman, who is the co-founder & CEO of Numjum Sports, the young R’s were able to gain a better understand of Ramadan and learn ways in which we can help support our Muslim academy players and staff who are fasting, during this period of sombre spiritual reflection.
As part of this, players and staff were provided with Ramadan boxes and the informative sessions have only helped continue to improve the awareness and understanding of this important month.
Speaking about the event, Alex Carroll, QPR’s Academy Director told www.qpr.co.uk: “We were pleased to arrange the recent Ramadan awareness workshops for our players and staff at the Academy.
“One of our Academy standards is ‘respect’, and we pride ourselves on providing an open and inclusive environment which celebrates cultural differences.
“The workshops provided an extremely important opportunity for us to understand how we can best support our colleagues and teammates during the month of Ramadan.
“We would like to thank Ebadur and Numjum Sports for delivering such engaging and informative sessions.”
In addition to this Micah Hyde, QPR’s U18’s coach, was quick to praise the event, by saying: “At QPR we take inclusion very seriously.
“If there is anything that we can do to help our players lifestyle and make them feel comfortable in our environment as possible, we will do. This is just another example of that.”
Under 18’s players, Adam Dougi and Harun Hamid who both attended the sessions told www.qpr.co.uk, the importance of Ramadan and what it means to them: “To me, Ramadan is a time to increase patience, closeness to God and generosity towards others, especially the less fortunate.
“Waking up before the sun rises is not an easy task to do, especially when you're a tired and grumpy teenager like I am. It’s a time to get closer to Allah.”
They added: “Ramadan is a very special month for me, a way of reconnecting with my God.
“It teaches me discipline and patience which I can apply to all areas of my life.”