AFL en­gages Mus­lim stu­dents

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

MUS­LIM stu­dents from around Perth got the op­por­tu­nity to try their hand at AFL when they played in the Bachar Houli and Eid El Fitr Cup re­cently at Tom Bate­man Re­serve in Thorn­lie.

Mul­ti­ple games were played across two days to celebrate the end of Ramadan and en­cour­age Mus­lim stu­dents to get in­volved with AFL.

Both events in­volved var­i­ous Is­lamic schools from around Perth, with the Aus­tralian Is­lamic Col­lege in Thorn­lie part of the ac­tion.

The Bachar Houli Cup was played on Wed­nes­day with about 150 high school stu­dents, while Thurs­day played host to the Eid El Fitr Cup that fea­tured 350 pri­mary school stu­dents.

This year was the third Eid Cup and the inau­gu­ral year of the Bachar Houli Cup.

WAFL com­mu­nity en­gage­ment man­ager Paul Mugambwa said it was a great way to in­tro­duce AFL to Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties.

“We hope that all par­tic­i­pants have fun on the day and are keen to learn more about get­ting in­volved in the football path­way,” he said.

“For our staff and vol­un­teers, it is also an op­por­tu­nity to learn more about the Is­lamic faith and en­gage with the par­tic­i­pants.”

Aus­tralian Is­lamic Col­lege stu­dents Mis­bah Sayyed, Raqaya Mo­hamed, Ziara Su­jud and Falak As­lam.

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