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Iqra Academy- Celebrating football achievements of 2021

Principal Dr Michael Wright reflects on the football journey of the girls over the last year as they retained their National Crown and became Association of Muslim Schools National Champions in 2021 yet again.
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Iqra Academy football team at St. Georges Park after winning the AMS National Shield in 2019

Football crazy girls at Iqra Academy were unable to play competitive football for a whole year in 2020/21 due to COVID restrictions, which had quite an impact on their health and well-being. 

However, this year the school was back with a bang, playing every week and winning competitions. The students visibly show greater confidence and resilience in everything they do. 

Our School Football team became the Association of Muslim Schools National Champions in 2021, retaining their National Crown, which they won in 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017. Iqra is a sister school of Arsenal Football Club and sponsored by the Royal Air Force. Since playing their first competitive match in September 2016, the School Football team have now played in over 160 competitive matches and have an astonishing playing record winning thirteen trophies. 

Played 165, Won 139, Drawn 8, Lost 18, Goals For 574, Against 167, +407 

Iqra Academy also won the FA Community Award for ‘Best Inclusive Project,’ as they set up a weekly girls Football Academy for all Thomas Deacon Education Trust of Schools. Some 40 girls from Iqra attend these weekly sessions. 

Iqra Academy is a member of the FA Girls Football School Partnership and along with Youth Sport Trust look to develop the participation of Girls Football in Schools. 

Iqra Academy has made a Pledge to growing girls' football through the Barclays Girls Football School Partnerships. The school also works closely with the English Schools Football Association, who have supported the AMS National Finals. In partnership with Faith Associates, Iqra Academy won the Nike Pro Hijab Competition and now wear them in all competitive matches. 

An Iqra Academy Parent wrote into the School saying: “I just want to give positive feedback on school football. I feel you guys are doing a fantastic job and it is appreciated.

"Personally, speaking with my daughter being asthmatic, the extra exercise is really helpful and she thoroughly enjoys it; she is super excited on match day. It is such a great feeling when your child wants to play football with you or their siblings rather than play on their laptop. For my daughter it has been a wonderful and positive eye opener into the world of sport and fitness, particularly as a young Muslim girl. Thank you.” 

The school’s ‘Enrichment Charter’ supports the School values of Integrity, Quality, Respect and Aspiration. It provides opportunities in community work, careers, CCF, drama, arts, music and sports which helps make Iqra Academy such a high performing School both in and out of the classroom. 

The Schools development of Football and Health and Well Being has had a dramatic impact on Students. Iqra is now a happier and heathier school, students are more confident and have greater opportunities in sports and Health initiatives, to fulfil their potential as active British Muslim women.