×
ECR

Kamall: London football team’s Brussels mission spreads the anti-terror message

1 July 2016

Kamall: London football team’s Brussels mission spreads the anti-terror message

This is a cross-Channel show of unity – a celebration of the power of sport to change young lives and confound the extremists.”

This is a cross-Channel show of unity – a celebration of the power of sport to change young lives and confound the extremists.”

That was the verdict today of senior MEP Syed Kamall today after a successful visit to Brussels by a team of young footballers from London.

The Conservative MEP for London was speaking as youngsters from the Unity of Faiths Foundation (TUFF) – a project that uses sport to tackle extremism – lined up in Brussels for a “football for unity” game with players from a similar club in the troubled district of Molenbeek.

Young players from both sides will this afternoon visit the European Parliament to discuss radicalisation with senior European politicians. The footballers are also due to meet the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz.

The day was organised by Dr Kamall in the wake of the Paris and Brussels terror attacks, which saw Mol! enbeek identified as a breeding ground for Islamist terrorism. As a Muslim he has involved himself closely in a range of initiatives to counter religious extremism and radicalisation.

TUFF was originally founded in Southall and has gained an international reputation for its success in turning girls and boys away from potential radicalisation. Alongside the best of coaching and facilities, the youngsters receive subtle advice on values such as personal discipline, responsibility, fairness and leadership.

Its supporters include President Obama and the Pope, and Dr Kamall has worked to raise its profile among the public and political leaders.

Players were accompanied today by Dr Sheikh Ramzy, the education chair of the Muslim Council of Britain.

Dr Kamall said: “These two initiatives – TUFF FC and Project Foot – are shining examples how sport can bring down barriers, create bonds and put humanity above mistrust.

“By bringing them together ! we show the enormous power that values of tolerance and understanding can wield. They bridge all sorts of divides – religious, social, national, linguistic…sport and fellowship transcend all of those.”

SHARE

ECR

OUR TWEETS

ECR Group

yesterday

⏩ What's our ambition for the #FutureofEurope? 👉 A community of sovereign European states – a Europe of mutual resp… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

2 days ago

As the #CoFoE edges closer to becoming reality, we look forward to seeing open & constructive debate, where differe… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

2 days ago

@RenewEurope Let's make this #CoFoE an open, fair, and constructive debate; one in which all voices can be heard. @Reset_EU_ECR

ECR Group

2 days ago

The European Court of Human Rights is clear on #FreedomOfExpression. It should be the starting point for the #DSA,… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Beata Szydło

2 days ago

During the EMPL committee meeting with the Jobs and Social Rights Commissioner, @NicolasSchmitEU, I highlighted the… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

2 days ago

🗓️ Today | 16:00 CET 🕓 ECR MEP @AnnaFotyga_PE will contribute to key discussions around the new #EU-#China Investm… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Europe's Future

2 days ago

It's time to #ResetEU. Our vision for the #FutureOfEurope is one of respect for the uniqueness of each of #Europe'… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

3 days ago

🗓️ Thursday 11 March at 16:00 CET 🕓 ECR MEP @AnnaFotyga_PE will be joined by Commissioner @OliverVarhelyi and… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

3 days ago

“With today's decision, it's obvious that the @EPPGroup has also lost the last remnant of its original Christian De… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

3 days ago

“Our idea of Europe is different, a community of nations cooperating peacefully with each other, respecting differe… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…





© 2020. All rights reserved. European Conservatives and Reformists Group