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Project information

Muslim women’s participation in Sport: 1948-today

Our project presents an opportunity for young Muslim women to explore,
tell and preserve the story of the progress that Muslim women in the UK have made in society and in sports since the 1948 Olympic Games.

April 2011 - March 2012

Charity information: The IARS International Institute

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  • Need


    Muslim women’s participation in sport in Britain is largely unreported and undocumented. Since the 1948 Games, British society has undergone great changes, including the collapse of Empire, immigration from Commonwealth countries and beyond to Britain and the increasing prominence of Muslim people in all aspects British society including sports. These changes provide a rich and interesting backdrop on which to chart the changes in the roles of Muslim women in our society.


    The project will ensure that amidst the sporting achievements of the Olympic Games that the heritage and culture of one of the UK’s minority groups is not forgotten but documented, disseminated and celebrated through a youth-led film, an exhibition at the Women’s’ Library and community centres and locations, publication material, online and various presentations.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Through youth-led project to preserve the heritage of the UK’s Muslim women’s participation in sport


    » Like all IARS’ projects, the project will be delivered by young people themselves.
    » The project's historical findings will be presented as a youth-led short film.

    What success will look like

    The final product of the young Muslim women's work will be exhibited in the Women's Library, part of London Metropolitan University.

    Aim 2

    Skill-up and provide an opportunity to young women to lead on this heritage project


    » The young Muslim women who will be recruited onto the project will receive training in oral history, interviewing, transcribing, and video editing.

    What success will look like

    Empowered young Muslim women, trained in oral history and archive research.

    Aim 3

    Create bonds between different generations of Muslim women and encourage the exchange of ideas.


    » The project will use a mix of archive research and oral history interviews with different generations of Muslim women.

    What success will look like

    The youth-led film will include extracts from interviews with Muslim women of different generations.

  • Impact


    The project will increase the general public's awareness of Muslim women's participation in sport and how their participation has changed since the last British Olympic games in 1948.


    The only risks associated to the project relate to the fieldwork activities being carried out by the volunteers and their safety when doing so. However, we have a very clear research protocol in place which all volunteers are briefed on and strictly adhere to.


    We publish ongoing updates of the project on our website and circulate these in our monthly newsletters which will be sent to all donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,000 Total cost of project Total cost of project

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Heritage Lottery Fund £25,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project is based in London and will involve fieldwork across the capital.


    The young Muslim women volunteering on the project will receive training and will develop their skills. The communities involved in the project will also benefit from their involvement in the project through the creation of bonds with the young volunteers and the opportunity to share their memories and knowledge of the subject. The general public will gain an increased awareness of Muslim women's participation in sport.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    As the only youth-led social policy think tank in the UK IARS is perfectly placed to deliver this project. We have ten years of experience of supporting young people through mentoring, training and skills development to undertake robust research projects.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Holly Challenger

    Volunteer Coordinator, Independent Academic Research Studies

    Lewis Parle

    Programme Director

    Sabiha Khanam

    Project leader