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Annual ISF Charity Cup:  5 a-side Football Tournament






Our popular annual 5 a-side football competition is organised by brothers from Shakhsiyah Community in partnership with Frontline FC. 


Initially an idea to raise funds for Shakhsiyah Schools, the competition has become a regular feature amongst the 5 a-side South East Football Tournaments and an event that everyone in Shakhsiyah Community looks forward to with excitement. The twenty eight teams who enter the tournament come from a wide strata of communities, faiths and counties including Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, London and Surrey.


As with all football matches, the competitors involved take it all very seriously, and competition is fierce! Whilst organised by Muslims, the competition’s aim is to build bridges through sport. Muslim and non-Muslim football teams were contacted and we had a wonderful response from all teams. Bringing together the community has become a major feature of the annual event. The ISF Charity Cup has gained its own acclaim amongst brothers who actively help other charitable sporting fundraisers and each ISF tournament raises approximately two and half thousand pounds per annum.


The format of these tournaments have been organised meticulously and split into group stages. The narrowed down ‘knockout’ stages follow until there is one final winning team. Typically 4 or 5 groups of up to 6 to 7 teams with only the top four going through to the last 16. During the last 16, effectively each game decides which teams qualify to the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final respectively. All finalists over the years have been rewarded with winners and runner up trophies as acknowledgement of their accomplishments. The award presentations are consistently delivered with a take home message outlining the objectives of the event and the charity.    


Various businesses have contributed a great deal and been party to the success of the football tournaments. Businesses such as Leatherland and Sapna Caterers consistently sponsors the event as well as Southern Fried Chicken, Kick It Out and Kashmiri Karahi to name but a few. Thank you to all of them. We ask Allah to increase barakah (blessing) in their businesses. 


Consistent volunteer organisers of the ISF football tournament are: Faisal Azmi, Iysa Anis, Uthman Sadiq, Mohsin Akram and Dahwood Ahmed. Between themselves they have fundamental roles owing to the smooth running and success of the tournament. 


See our Facebook page for more information about the ISF Charity Cup.



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