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Oxford United Sign Muslim Athlete Pledge

U's pledge to support equality and diversity

20 July 2021

Oxford United have signed the Nujum Sports Muslim Athlete Pledge to demonstrate commitment to equality and diversity in sport.

The Muslim Athlete Charter aims to encourage Muslim involvement in sport, and the club will show support by helping increase the number of Muslim players in football and the level of backing from Muslim supporters.

The pledge is a commitment to start further recognising and addressing Muslim players' needs in football.

It is part of wider work around equality and diversity, and the beginning of a journey to be fully accredited with the Nujum Sports Muslim Athlete Charter, which will help further establish a zero-tolerance approach towards any form of discrimination.

U’s Managing Director, Niall McWilliams, said: "We believe this is a positive step for Oxford United and integral to our work with supporting our current and prospective players.

“By understanding their faith and cultural needs we can better position ourselves as a club, as well as making our players and fans feel valued and appreciated.

"We are looking forward to working closely with Ebs Rahman and his team, while continuing to promote the fantastic work of Nujum Sports."

Nujum Sports CEO and Founder, Ebadur Rahman, said:

"Having signed the pledge, Oxford United are joining a positive movement of solidarity, equality, and recognition of the contribution Muslims make for their respective clubs and teams.

"Nujum is here to support professional clubs and their players, and contribute positively to their equality and diversity agenda.

Nujum Sports officially launched in August 2020 - as a non-profit community interest company - to help and support Muslim professional athletes.

Its mission is 'to see a world where Muslim athletes flourish and fulfil their potential'.
To learn more about Nujum Sports and the pledge, please click here


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