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Community Iftar Held At The Crown Oil Arena

27 April 2022

On Tuesday 19th April 2022, Rochdale AFC Community Trust welcomed over 100 people to a Community Iftar at the Crown Oil Arena; the first time an event of this kind was hosted at the football club.

The Iftar (opening of the fast) event, provided a unique experience for those in attendance. Keen to ensure the events success, Health and Inclusion Coordinator, Charlotte, worked closely with Nadeem Mir, CEO of Rochdale Council of Mosques, and Imam Irfan Chishti, MBE, Founder of Me & You Education, to ensure the event was one to be remembered by all.

Iftar (opening of the fast) regularly takes place in homes, community centres, and Mosques, throughout the Holy month of Ramadan.  The Iftar is normally observed by Muslims, but the Community Trust was keen to involve all Rochdale communities.

Ryan Bradley, Community Director at RAFCCT said: “Following the success of the English Football League Trust funded Communities United programme last year, we are working to engage with the diverse community of Rochdale, and the Iftar event is a fantastic part of that ongoing work.”

Charlotte Griffiths added: “It was an incredible evening, and an incredible honour to have been trusted by Rochdale Council of Mosques to host the event.  We received so much positive feedback on the evening, and since the event, and it’s brought with it the prospect of some really important partnership work with the local Mosques and other organisations, to extend our reach further and really embed the Club as part of the local community.”

The event was attended by Chairman Simon Gaugue, directors and club staff. 

For further info and comment please contact: Charlotte Griffiths, 01706 643836,

Watch how the event unfolded (below)


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