MORE THAN FOOTBALL | Rotherham United Community Trust Hosts Inaugural Iftar Event at AESSEAL New York Stadium

Published: 15/03/2024

On Thursday the 14th of March 2024, Rotherham United Community Trust proudly hosted their first ever Iftar event at the AESSEAL New York Stadium where they welcomed nearly 300 people. The event, organised in collaboration with Moving Rotherham, marked a significant milestone in the trust’s commitment to embracing diversity and promoting understanding among different cultures.… Continue reading MORE THAN FOOTBALL | Rotherham United Community Trust Hosts Inaugural Iftar Event at AESSEAL New York Stadium

On Thursday the 14th of March 2024, Rotherham United Community Trust proudly hosted their first ever Iftar event at the AESSEAL New York Stadium where they welcomed nearly 300 people. The event, organised in collaboration with Moving Rotherham, marked a significant milestone in the trust’s commitment to embracing diversity and promoting understanding among different cultures.

The evening commenced with a warm welcome from Colan Leung, More Than Football Manager, who organised the event and Jamie Noble, Head of Community at Rotherham United Community Trust, who expressed his gratitude for the overwhelming support and attendance. He emphasised the importance of events like these in bringing people together, transcending barriers, and celebrating unity amidst diversity.

Jonathan Allan, Community Programme Manager, echoed Noble’s sentiments, highlighting the trust’s unwavering dedication to fostering an inclusive environment within the Rotherham community with their 101 weekly sessions and initiatives.

The event featured a series of enlightening speeches, including one delivered by Shaykh Sadaqat Hussain, a local Imam. Leading the attendees in a prayer and breaking fast, where everyone came together and enjoyed a beautiful meal provided by local caters, Shahid Catering. Adding to the distinguished panel of speakers was Councillor Saghir Alam, the Chair of the Rotherham Council of Mosques, whose presence underscored the importance of interfaith collaboration.

Among the guests was Councillor Robert Taylor, the Mayor of Rotherham, who commended the trust’s initiative in organising such a meaningful event. Councillor Taylor emphasised the significance of embracing diversity and creating spaces where individuals from all walks of life feel valued and respected.

The Iftar event served as a poignant reminder of the power of community engagement in overcoming differences and building bridges of understanding. As attendees broke their fast together, sharing in the spirit of Ramadan, they reaffirmed their commitment to unity, compassion, and mutual respect.