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Forest host Iftar at The City Ground

Nottingham Forest hosted its second Iftar at The City Ground this week, facilitated by Nottingham Forest Community Trust. Members of the community gathered at the Peter Taylor Stand to break their fast together.

In collaboration with Himmah, a charity addressing food poverty, educational disparities, and racism, we welcomed the community to The City Ground to share in this communal meal. Iftar marks the breaking of the fast for individuals observing Ramadan, typically occurring immediately after the Maghrib prayer at sunset. A hundred community members joined Nottingham Forest staff in solidarity by breaking their fast.

At around 6:18pm, the attendees broke their fast with water, dates, and a call to prayer, followed by a hot meal served by locally based, The Bridge Community Interest Company.


During the event, we highlighted our ‘Forest Futures’ initiative, supported by the Premier League Charitable Fund (PLCF), the PFA, and the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Violence Reduction Partnership (NNVRP). The programme delivers structured football and mentoring to young people aged 14-15 to reduce risk factors associated with violent crime. Recently, ‘Forest Futures’ welcomed a group of refugees from Sudan. These individuals were invited to Iftar, where they expressed gratitude for the club’s support and a new beginning by sharing a heartfelt poem with all attendees.

Uzair Hashmi, Operations and Volunteer Lead at Himmah, Nottingham’s largest independent food bank said, “The support of Nottingham Forest for the solidarity fast as a whole and for the event tonight, it is fantastic, it means so much that a Premier League club is going to such lengths to host us and an Iftar”.

Karen Swan, Nottingham Forest Community Trust Head of Community Engagement said, “Events like this not only bring our community together in celebration and solidarity but also underline the values of inclusivity and support that Nottingham Forest stands for.”

“It’s heart-warming to see the positive impact we can have by opening our doors and sharing moments of togetherness with those around us.”

We would like to thank our partners, Ideagen, Himmah, Nottinghamshire Police & Crime Commissioner, Experian, CapitalOne, Nottingham Muslim Women’s Network, HEYA.

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