Impact of World Cup on diverse communities and mental health up for discussion in special online event

‘A Game of Two Halves’ on Thursday 15 December (5pm GMT), hosted by football’s anti-discrimination organisation Kick It Out, will reflect on how the tournament in Qatar has sparked conversations on faith, mental health, and being LGBTQ+; The Delicate Mind, Hidayah and the Alwan Foundation will be among the contributors…

By Jon Holmes


A special online event exploring the impact of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar on diverse communities will be held on Thursday 15 December from 5pm GMT, with registration now open.

Titled ‘A Game of Two Halves’, the event is being hosted by Kick It Out, the UK’s leading anti-discrimination in sport organisation.

The World Cup is now drawing to a close. Alongside the entertaining football and the atmosphere created by the fans, there have also been major talking points about discrimination and human rights, and initiatives to discuss mental wellbeing.

How has this tournament affected people in different communities, both here in the UK and abroad?

And how can future major football events make use of the lessons learned to promote both inclusion and good mental health?

Guest speakers will share their impressions and provide information about how their organisations – which offer support on mental health, to faith communities, and to LGBTIQ+ people – are helping to make a positive contribution.

Joining moderator Jon Holmes (Sports Media LGBT+) will be…

  • Nikhwat Marawat, The Delicate Mind – an award-winning community interest company that explores intersections between faith, masculinity and identity through the lens of mental health
  • Deenah al-Aqsa, Hidayah – a charity providing support and welfare to LGBTQI+ Muslims
  • Dr Nas Mohamed, Alwan Foundation / Proud Maroons – the first queer Qatari to come out publicly, whose recently launched Foundation will seek to advance LGBTQ+ rights in the Middle East, with a focus on the Gulf region

Please join us for this special event, which is being held on Thursday 15 December 2022, starting at 5pm GMT. Click here to access Eventbrite registration and simply hit ‘Reserve a spot’ to sign up.


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