A.S.P.I.R.E. host unique event to raise awareness of anti-Muslim hate
Kick It Out’s young ambassador group A.S.P.I.R.E. (Ambassadors Supporting and Promoting Inclusion, Respect and Equality) hosted their first event at PowerLeague Shoreditch on Sunday 6 August, as they raised awareness of anti-Muslim hate and how to challenge discrimination.
Guests were invited from across the country to watch the FA Community Shield with A.S.P.I.R.E. as well as participate in activities set-up by the group.
Before the game, Peter Harding welcomed the guests to the event before passing the microphone over to Mahdi Khoshkoo to explain the background of the young ambassador group and his reasons for supporting Kick It Out.
In an informal and relaxed atmosphere, guests were treated to a Halal and vegetarian barbeque meal before A.S.P.I.R.E. challenged them with a quiz around Islam and football. Ahsan Majid and Ammarah Pandor spoke after the quiz about their passion for the sport and how this combines with their faith.
One final treat for the guests after the game saw Tyra Ntege, Co-Chair of the group, deliver a spoken word performance on the importance for equality in football and why A.S.P.I.R.E. are engaging young people in the aim of promoting inclusion in the sport.
Speaking after the event had concluded, Hayley Bennett, Education Officer at Kick It Out, was pleased with A.S.P.I.R.E.’s efforts.
“I think the event proved the power of young people to help raise an important issue within an environment which all the guests enjoyed.
“I know A.S.P.I.R.E. have put a tremendous amount of work into making sure this event ran smoothly and I am proud of their contributions.”