In a heartwarming display of community collaboration, Accrington Stanley Football Club, alongside Raza Jamia Masjid and other local organisations, recently launched the innovative “Mosque Walk to the Match” campaign in Hyndburn.

Aimed at encouraging inclusivity and promoting active lifestyles among youths, this initiative saw over 30 children and adults from the local mosque joining the walk to the match ethos to the Wham Stadium to witness Accrington Stanley’s League Two clash with Crewe Alexandra.

This included one 64-year-old grandparent, who joined his grandchildren in attending his first ever Accrington Stanley match, despite living in Accrington for all of his life.

Lisa Charnley of The Let’s Move Hyndburn partnership, stated: “Our work seeks to work with more groups and individuals such as the Mosque Walk to the Match, strengthening the power of partnerships in bringing the community together to create shared experiences.”

Providing individuals from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to partake in the excitement of live football, not only enhances social cohesion but also encourages healthier, more active lifestyles.

David Burgess, Managing Director of Accrington Stanley Football Club, emphasised the club’s dedication and commitment to creating a welcoming environment for all fans. He said: “Football has the power to unite people from various walks of life. We are thrilled to be a part of the Mosque to Match project and to provide an unforgettable experience for individuals who may not have had the chance to attend a live match before.”

Lee Walsh, from Accrington Stanley Community Trust, highlighted the broader impact of the initiative beyond sports. He said: “Through the Mosque to Match project, we aim to not only promote physical activity but also to bridge cultural divides and foster lasting connections within our community.”

Munsif Dad, a dedicated volunteer involved in the project, shared his perspective on the profound impact of initiatives like Mosque to Match. He said: “As a volunteer, seeing the smiles on the faces of the participants as they experience the excitement of live football is truly rewarding. Projects like these have the potential to shape futures and break down barriers.”

Cllr Noordad Aziz, added: “It was great to get young people active with the walk to the stadium, as well as seeing their excitement throughout the match, creating unforgettable memories for everyone involved. Thank you to Accrington Stanley for a great day!”

The success and engagement of the Mosque to Match project serve as a testament to the Let’s Move Hyndburn partnership and community engagement initiative #WalkToTheMatch.

With thanks to Walk to the match partnership – Accrington Stanley Football Club – Accrington Stanley Community Trust and the Official Accrington Stanley Supporters Trust – if you would like to become a walk-the-match champion please email