On Saturday 16 November, CoEJ held a MAMT Debrief meeting at the Al Zahra Centre in Watford. Members of the MAMT Core team including Dr Husein Jiwa, Br Sajjad Jivraj, Sis Nazznin Hooda and Br Mohsin Kassam were present as were sports leaders from CoEJ member Jamaats. CoEJ President Dr Akber Mohamedali and Vice President, Br Mahmood Hooda were also present showing their support for sports initiatives. The meeting commenced with Br Sajjad Jivraj welcoming all attendees and asking them to introduce themselves.
CoEJ president Dr Akber Mohamedali began with a brief introduction stating that the purpose of the meeting was to look into the reorganisation of CoEJ MAMT since over the next 6 years the August bank holiday will fall during the Holy months of Muharram and Safar. He committed continued and increased support from the secretariat for Sports for all as well as MAMT. He also emphasised the need for the consolidation of gents and ladies MAMT into one and the sharing of best practices between them.
Following the opening speeches, Sis Kulsoom Hooda and Br Ali Dharamshi shared the results from the MAMT 2019 online survey where participants had the opportunity to share their constructive thoughts and feedback. Overall the feedback was positive; the venues, food and family friendly environment scoring highly.
A review workshop was conducted by Br Sajjad where attendees on each table discussed the challenges faced with regards to MAMT; these challenges were presented and the groups were also asked to come forward with two solutions for the top two ranking issues. It was a valuable exercise as it brought to light some issues and allowed for open discussion to take place in coming up with solutions.
The final item on the agenda was the MAMT schedule over the next few years and the options available in light of the Holy months of Muharram and Safar coinciding with the August Bank holiday. Several options were explored and the discussion is ongoing as to the most suitable dates for MAMT 2020.