SCHOOLS of different faiths were brought together in an event
held at Wembley Stadium, organised by the Three Faiths Forum (3FF)
and the Football Association.
Children from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim schools, and their
parents, toured the stadium, pitch, and changing-room as part of a
Faith and Football event last month. The children have met at
Wembley on previous days, and played foot- ball together, but
involving the parents was an important final step, the
communications manager for 3FF, Philip Ybring, said.
"The idea behind getting the parents involved is to extend the
impact of the programme a bit so that we're building connections
not only between teachers and students, but reaching a bit further
into the wider communities as well. So it's about getting as many
people as possible involved in meeting and learning about people of
different faiths, cultures, and backgrounds, which we believe is
really important for creating good interfaith and intercultural
The schools manager at 3FF, Aisling Cohn, said: "Faith and
Football is in its second year running, and we've seen how it has
united different faith schools. There has been a lot of negativity
in the news after the Woolwich attack, and it is crucial to work
together at a time like this. "These linking events provide pupils
with a safe environment where they can interact and develop
friendships with children they may have never met in their daily
lives. It also gives them the confidence they need to communicate
with people who have a different background from them."
The director of Football Governance and Regulation at the FA,
Darren Bailey, said: "We hope that football and the project
continue to be effective ways in which to bring different faiths
Faith and Football is part of 3FF's School Linking programme,
which works with 50 faith and community schools across the UK.