Wanderers host Iftar event at Fives facility

Western Sydney Wanderers FC hosted their inaugural Iftar event at the Wanderers Fives facility last week with a number special guests in attendance.

Iftar is the meal eaten by Muslims after sunset during Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

According to the last Census in 2021, the Muslim faith accounts for 10% of the population within Western Sydney, second to the Catholic faith.

The Wanderers hosted a panel with Dr. Sheikh Ali Alsamail of Australia Ahl Al Bait Islamic Centre in Auburn, Maher Yagmour of Punchbowl Boys High School, Abbass Elzein of Central Sydney Wolves and former NRL legend Hazem El-Masri to discuss the Holy month of Ramadan.

The event also had representatives with a number of Wanderers partner schools including All Saints Catholic College in Liverpool, Birring Boys High School, Punchbowl Boys High School, Bellfield College and International Maarif Schools of Australia.

As well as representatives from Street Industries Inc, Greenacre Eagles FC, Central Sydney Wolves, Belgravia Leisure, Central Migrant Centre and players from the Isuzu UTE A-Leagues team.

The Iftar event was an opportunity for these representatives and the wider Wanderers community to come together and pray across four pitches at the Wanderers Fives facility.

Following the breaking of the fast, there was complimentary fruit available and food available for purchase, with Wanderers football coaches also running through drills and skills for children in attendance.

The Iftar event continues the Wanderers ongoing commitment to the multicultural Western Sydney community with a night-time Wanderers football clinic to be held in Greenacre this Ramadan.