On Friday the 12th February 2016 North East Region were blessed with the opportunity to host the Masroor Regional Atfal Football team. The Qafila included 16 Atfal accompanied by 3 Khuddam and the Amir-e-Qafila was Humayun Ahmad sahib (Naib Nazim Atfal). The group arrived at Bait’ul Hamd Mosque in Bradford (North East) at 10:30pm for a weekend retreat.
Upon arrival the group from Masroor Region took a comfort break, after travelling over 5 hours from London. Prior to their arrival the Atfal were canvassed to find out their preferred choice of meal, overwhelmingly they choose Pizza. After enjoying their meal, the group were shown the sleeping quarters and settled in. Some further needs were quickly addressed to ensure that the Atfal could comfortably go to sleep and they were fresh for the following day events.
The Atfal Football League North was scheduled for 11:00am Saturday 13th February, however for our guests from Masroor Region the day commenced with congregational Fajr prayer. After Fajr Sala’at the Atfal partook in a fitness session at a nearby park. They returned at approximately 9:00am and were welcomed with hearty breakfast of omelettes, toast and cereal to prepare them for the day ahead.
Breakfast finished before schedule, allowing for a quick visit to Masjid Al-Mahdi. The Atfal were given a tour of the mosque and its grounds whilst being informed about its construction and had a memorable group picture.
The group returned to Bait’ul Hamd in good time for the opening session of the Atfal Football League North in which Masroor region were guest participants. After the opening session all participants made their way over to the venue (Goals Bradford).
The tournament finished at 5:00pm with the crowning our esteem guests as the winners who faced North West as their respective finalists. The group made their way back to Bait’ul Hamd Mosque, to relax and refresh themselves before an evening meal with the Majlis Khuddam’ul Ahmadiyya Northeast regional Amila who had organised a barbeque.
Later the group where introduced to a number of team building exercises which the Atfal thoroughly enjoyed and eventually the day ended with an interactive discussion on the topic of ‘communion with Allah’ chaired by Regional Qaid North East Wadood Ahmad Daud sb.
On the morning of Sunday the 14th February, the Atfal were served freshly made crepes along with other choices for breakfast. After which, they swiftly made their way over to the local Bowling centre and the Atfal enjoyed over 1hr of playing time. Eventually all the fun had to come to an end and at approximately 12:00pm our guests departed from Bradford for their long journey back to London leaving behind fond memories of the weekend they had spent with us.