In the middle of Saturday night/early Sunday morning, when most of the town was asleep, Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust (WWSET) were hosting their Annual Ramadaan Tournament under the floodlights of Adams Park.
The Ramadaan Tournament was initiated by WWSET to engage the local Muslim community, giving opportunity to local mosque members in Berks and Bucks to get together and use football as a vehicle to increase the brand and reputation of WWSET among the local community.
In addition to this, as it was the Holy Month of Fasting for our Muslim members of the community, where they were fasting from dawn til sunset, most would not have opportunity to play football due to them keeping observing the Fast during the month.
So, to assist with this, WWSET initiated a tournament during the night/early morning, once the Fast had opened, night prays had been prayed and for those few hours before the pre-dawn meal to start the 18-hour Fast. This was for those that played football and wanted to keep playing, stay fit and also those looking for an opportunity to participate during those few hours they were not sleeping.
WWSET, through this innovative activity, wanted to raise its profile and awareness in order to show its impact and value within the community. Along with this was to create better community cohesion, engage new participates and meets needs of our community.
The tournament was fully booked in days and demand from more teams was there, but due to staffing and timings, only eight teams could be accommodated. Participants within the teams were not just made up from the Muslim community but individuals from all backgrounds, cultures and religions.
The tournament itself was a brilliant show piece, with positive feedback from participates and demand for more of the same. The structure on the day was a round robin tournament, five-a-sides, with each team playing each team once. There were teams representing High Wycombe and Aylesbury, who battled it out for the right to be crowned champions of Ramadaan Tournament 2019.
WISE A, last year’s champions, successfully defended their trophy once again,topping the group with six victories and one draw. They have the experience, quality and know how to win matches and tournaments, and have a great base to continue to flourish in the future. They will be back next year to defend their trophy, knowing new challengers will arise to dethrone them.
Overall, it was a great tournament, with demand for more of the like. The feedback was it was very well organised and delivered by WWSET with participants keen to come back again next year.
WWSET are hoping to see some of them at our newly formed Mosque League, Block 3, which has been developed into an Inter Faith League and is set to start in early June.
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