A charity since 2014, founded by the pioneering Yashmin Harun BEM. Being a life-long sports participant and advocate, she envisioned a space for practicing Muslims to engage in sporting activities. Lack of inclusivity and provisions in this area meant that Yashmin did not see women-led initiatives or representations. As such, the Muslimah Sports Association was born, providing Yashmin and others positive and safe environments to participate in sports without having to compromise on their cultural or religious beliefs.
On the 18th of March 2022, Muslimah Sports Association held their milestone, inaugural celebratory event. Held at the opulent, dazzling, crystal chandeliered Mayfair Venue in Romford, it was a glittering, star studded, smartly dressed attire of an evening. The night was one of celebration, to recognise and to convey thanks to all the participants, volunteers, coaches as well as the partners and supporters of MSA for their hard work and effort.
Black Arrows Badminton Club were awarded a “Special Recognition Award” for supporting MSA since their inception in 2014, for the development of Badminton opportunities for women from the Muslim community. Badminton has proved to be one of their more popular sports and has seen the women progress from social to competitive league Badminton, as well as to tournament play.
Coaching has been delivered by Black Arrows Coaches, Amardeep Panesar since 2014, who was also a keynote speaker at the celebration event, and Shirley Louis-Onyebuashi, who were also recipients of the “Inspirational Coach” awards.
Black Arrows continue to support MSA in their journey to provide greater sporting opportunities for Women.