The Mansfield Building Society’s Community Support Scheme has donated £500 to Mansfield and Ashfield Bangladeshi Association’s new youth football initiative.

Mansfield and Ashfield Bangladeshi Association (MABA) is an established part of the Mansfield and Ashfield community. After having worked tirelessly to form a community hub, MABA now provide assistance to individuals experiencing difficulties due to age, disability and financial hardship to name but a few.

Alongside dedicating their time to improving the quality of life for many, the Association also provides invaluable space for the community to advance their education in Islamic and Bengali culture as well as providing facilities for prayer, marriage ceremonies and funeral rites.

MABA have recently launched a youth initiative for the younger members of the community, fulfilling its aim to reach as many members of the community as possible. 

Abyaz Ahad, MABA Youth Engagement Officer, explains:

“The aim of the youth initiative is to encourage participation in football as an organised sport. Many of the youths in our community do not have access to such activities on a regular basis due to lack of funding, family support or scarcity of programmes, so this funding will really help.”

Vickie Preston, Head of HR at Mansfield Building Society, commented:

“We hope that the Community Support Scheme donation helps build a long lasting youth community sporting project, not just for now, but for many years to come. We are thrilled to help MABA provide essential kit to kick start the initiative, as well as funds for the rental of facilities, especially in winter months.”

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