This week I’ll be visiting the amazing Unity of Faiths football club, or TUFF FC as it’s called.
The aim of the team is to get youngsters, especially those who could fall victim to radicalisation, to come together.
In sharing a football pitch, they start to share a common interest, trust and values. If they didn’t have this club then they might be in gangs, taking part in sectarian or racial violence or falling prey to violent extremists.
What is incredible about the TUFFs team is how successful they have been under the stewardship of Shamender Talwar, TUFF founder and a clinical psychologist by profession.
This week I wrote a piece for the Yorkshire Post outlining why I am so impressed by this scheme.
There are a lot of sports projects designed to tackle isolation and exclusion and we should be supporting them all but lets also look to the ideas that are working so well in each of them, to make sure all the projects be the best they can be.
TUFF’s success has been so well recognised that event President Barak Obama has declared himself a supporter.
To find out more about the club, read my article here and watch out for a video I’ll be putting together very soon as the club have invited me to go and play some football with them. I am very much looking forward to that!
To see the article click here: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/syed-kamall-sporting-way-to-defeat-radical-forces-1-7659418#ixzz3wYG1OqGg