Rochdale News | Sports News | Shaw Maktab wins 8th Rochdale Inter-Mosque Football Tournament

Date published: June 22, 2022

Mosques and Islamic Institutes from across the North West came together to take part in an annual football tournament in Rochdale on Sunday June 12.

Organized by Youth Connections, the eighth annual Inter-Mosque Football Tournament took place on Heybrook Field, with 24 teams competing.

The sun was shining, the atmosphere was absolutely electric and there were a lot of spectators.

In the end, it was Shaw Maktab who were crowned champions of 2022. They played brilliantly throughout the tournament and were very tough to beat. The final was against Shahjalal Mosque (Oldham) which was second and was equally good.

Like the year before, it ended in a penalty shootout and the winning team’s goalkeeper made some exceptional saves for his team to be crowned that year’s champions.

This year, the fair play prize was awarded to the Nusratul Islam Mosque (Oldham). Some of the criteria examined include team behavior; listen to the referee as the final decision; make sure there is no litter; and, clean up after themselves.

A Youth Connections volunteer said, “This year we had a lot of parents cheering on their child and really making it a day. Last year we had 16 teams and this year we had 24 teams.

“We hope to see many teams participating next year representing their mosque/Islamic institutes and also enjoying a family day out.”

One of the parents who praised the event said: “It was my son’s very first tournament, his local mosque asked him if he wanted to play. It was a fantastic event and really well organized with regular announcements on the microphone. The organizers really made sure everyone was happy, safe and having fun.

“The volunteers really went out of their way to ensure that the congregation’s prayer was conducted as it is an obligatory act in our religion. It was in itself a beautiful event and even more beautiful to see that the organizers practice our religion and also show their manners and having good manners is part of our religion.

“Many thanks to the organizers and we look forward to next year again (God willing).”