7,200km for £72,000


Stanmore Jafferys, in partnership with WF-Aid, are pleased to announce the launch of our annual Ali Asghar Water Appeal Sportive 2023. Now in its 4th year, and supporting a range of a life changing water solutions for families, this year’s appeal aims to bring the community together on Saturday 19 August 2023 at Hujjat Stanmore.

SJ AAWA Sportive 2023

This year’s sportive will be centered around a single day, Saturday 19 August 2023 at Hujjat Stanmore where we are inviting everyone in the community to help us complete 7,200 km of walking or cycling to raise £72,000 for vital water projects in Gaza, Tanzania and Pakistan. As part of the sportive there are two activities individuals and families can sign up for:

Walkathon (open to all) – we invite individuals and families to sign up for our Walkathon. The Walkathon invites individuals and families to complete a 5km walk around the perimeter of the Rugby Car Park. Mokibs will be stationed during the walk, offering the chance to learn more about the projects that we are supporting, listen to azadari, serve niyaz and to remind ourselves why our hearts yearn during these months.

Cycle ride (open to gents) – our annual flagship cycle ride will be a 72km cycle ride, departing from Hujjat in the early hours of Saturday 19 August and returning by midday. Cyclists are encouraged to sign up and take part in the Walkathon in the afternoon (and encourage family members also).

To sign up for either of these events, please click here.

To Donate

As part of registering for the event we encourage families and individuals to donate or set up their own fundraising pages to support our campaign.  To donate to the campaign please click here:


To set up your own page linked to the overall fundraising page please head over to the fundraising page above and click on “Raise Money” to set up your and your families fundraising page.

The Projects

This year’s fundraising campaign will support 3 vital projects in Gaza, Tanzania and Pakistan.

  • Gaza – Beit Lahia, near the Israeli border, lacks infrastructure and local support, making access to clean water difficult. Poverty, limited resources, and low incomes have led to water scarcity and health issues, especially among children. 97% of the water in Gaza is unsafe, which has resulted in diseases like cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid, and polio. The aid project involves obtaining a water truck and 200 water tanks. The main goal is to help 200 families, around 1,400individuals, daily. This includes 60 orphans and 40 widows, who will directly benefit. The project will produce 780,000 liters of water per month and will help solve the need for water in North Gaza.


  • Tanzania (Tanga Region) – Maramba, a Ward in Mkinga District (Tanga Region), primarily consists of peasant farmers earning less than $2 per day, with the majority being Muslims. Economic development in the area has been neglected, and the quality of education provided by the State is below standard. To address the water needs of the community, five borewells are proposed, which will benefit 20,000 people by producing a minimum of 20,000 liters of water per day.


  • Pakistan – donations will support the construction of 8 washrooms in the impoverished areas of Punjab and KPK provinces. Most of these districts lack adequate facilities or have existing facilities in extremely poor condition. On average, each washroom benefits approximately 10 to 15 individuals in a combined family system. This will not only help solve the sanitation and hygiene issue in the district, but also help provide safe facilities for women and children.

Past Projects

The 2023 edition of the AAWA Sportive builds on the huge generosity and support of our members. Over the last 3 years your support has enabled us to raise in excess of £300,000 and use the platform we have been blessed with to improve the lives of others. More information on our past projects can be found on our website:

2022 – Nzavoni Desalination Plant Opens – AAWA 2022 Delivers Again

2021 – Ali Asghar Water Appeal 2021 – Completion of projects

2020 – SJ water project supports 20,000 beneficiaries a month

Stanmore Jafferys

Youth Tennis


After a couple of years of fruitful work, we say goodbye to Murtaza Sunderji and Muhammed Sajjad Tharoo who have led Youth Tennis. Through their dedication, we have witnessed tennis flourish amongst our youth.

We thank them for their dedicated service and wish them all the best for the future.

We are on the hunt for a passionate and dedicated coordinator to lead the dynamic world of SJ Youth Tennis. If you possess the drive and commitment to make a lasting impact, we urge you to join our team. Rest assured, you will have unwavering support from the core SJ team.

The recent SJRS tournament showcased some truly awe-inspiring tennis talent. As the sunny days of summer beckon us, we are eager to kickstart regular tennis sessions once again. Together, we can wholeheartedly embrace our shared vision of fostering a thriving community centered around boys’ tennis. Let’s come together and make this vision a reality, insha’Allah!

Please send an email to Hos@jafferys.org to register your interest in the role.

Stanmore Jafferys

Unity Games Squad Announcement


The day we have all been waiting for is finally here! This year saw an unprecedented response in the interest from our members to participate in the Unity Games that are going to be held over the Christmas break in Dubai (24-30 Dec). We had over 300 members express their interest to participate and represent Stanmore Jafferys & The Hujjat KSIMC of London.

Thank you to all our members who expressed interest and attended trials. Alhamdulillah, there is a wealth of sporting talent in our community that will serve us for generations to come InshAllah.

The level of interest and calibre of players made the selection process difficult with some tough decisions to make.

The delay in naming the squads has been driven by our efforts to ensure we get the maximum number of teams to participate in the Games, to avoid disappointment from our members – and Alhamdulillah together with the support from the Unity Games organisers we have been able to secure a significantly higher number of teams than we have in previous Unity Games.

SJ & Hujjat are down to be the biggest contingent in Dubai, with over 230 participants across all sports. These numbers are down to the hard work and commitment across the club, from our sportsheads, volunteers, members and sponsors who are always on hand to support the club and drive it to new heights.

Below are the number of teams that we are entering across each sport.

Please note the following:

  1. Participants have to confirm their place at the games by clicking on the link here and filling out the form. DEADLINE TO FILL THIS OUT IS SUNDAY 23RD JULY BY 10PM.
  2. We will require the Entry Fee and Accommodation requests to be filled out (details will be shared soon). Please note this will have to be completed before the middle of August
  3. If you have been selected and are no longer able to participate please do reach out to your respective sportshead ASAP so we can fill in the spots with players from the stand-by list
  4. Participants will have to attend respective practice sessions from September onwards – we will release the Final Teams in November (i.e. the A/B/C – where applicable).See below for the preliminary squads

SJ Padel Box Leagues – Registration now open!

Box leagues are a great way to meet and play different opponents competitively all-year-round. The Padel box leagues will be split into separate divisions of 4 or 5 pairs (teams) where each team within the same division (box) will be required to play all other teams once within a fixed time period, usually two months. At the end of the round, the top team(s) will gain promotion to the division above while the team(s) that comes bottom will drop down a division.

Matches are played as 3 straight sets, not best of 3 sets but 3 sets in total with a golden point at deuce.
If the games reach 5-5, a team must win the next two games to win the set. If the games reach 6-6, a tie-break is played same style as tennis to decide the set winner and the score should be recorded as 7-6.
For the league standings, 1 point is awarded per set won by the team meaning a 3-0 win in a match would result in a full 3 points being awarded to the winning team.

Sunday 30th July: Registration deadline for all players. Players must register via the google form which can be accessed by clicking on this link here: PBL Form.
Tuesday 1st August: Boxes will be released with matches available to be arranged via Matchspace.
Monday 2nd October: Deadline for completion of matches.

In order to participate, arrange and submit results, all box league players must download and register as players on the Matchspace app (phone app not PC) before the registration deadline league using the club code VKDSP-9566.
Apple: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/matchspace/id1588501362
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/detailsid=uk.co.matchspace.mobileclient&pli=1

Booking Discount – 30% off!
Once registered on Matchspace, all box league players will be able to retrieve a 30% discount code which can be used for booking courts at Padel United – Bushey. The discount code will be released in the club feed section after the registration deadline.
For any further queries please email Padel@jafferys.org

SJ Seniors Wessex Outing

Our very first “out of London” outing was indeed a huge success. A trip to our Al Mahdi (Wessex) Centre via ice cream at the Lee on the Solent Beach spot made the 71 in attendance enquire when the next trip would be.
Hearty breakfast on the coach. The sea breeze at Lee made the ice cream taste sweeter. And the programme at Al Mahdi produced fun, humour and laughter. Our hosts were amazing and treated us all to a delicious lunch. The madressah children’s presentation, the interview with a 93 year old legend and that Quiz/Charade game will be remembered for a long time.
Alhamdullilah! The planning and efforts put in reaped the rewards.
The photos for all to enjoy.

SJ Seniors

Community Cup Teams Reveal!

With the Community Cup just 3 weeks away, the teams for the tournament have now been announced! This year we have extended the participants from 140 to 154. The team sponsors are the following companies:


Medics Pharmacy


Jazz Print Solutions

Academic Coaching

Who Is Hussain

Spiritual Journeys

Kijana Kwanza

Westkin Associates

The Valesco Group

Re-Ignite by Mahmood Mawjee

Eye Care Clinic

Saymur Accountants


We as organisers would like to thank all the sponsors of the tournament as without their support, the tournament would truly not be possible.

The following link will take you to the website with the team information. Further details on fixtures etc. will follow in due course.

Please note teams are subject to change as new players replace any late drop outs.

Padel Sign Up Process

Following the announcement of Padel joining the SJ Portfolio for gents (16 and over), we are pleased to share further information on dates and sign up process.

Dates, time and location

Padel will be played on Sunday evenings with the first session on Sunday 2 July. There will be two different slots to choose from; 19.00 to 20.30 and 20.30 to 22.00. The cost of each session is £6.

Sign up

Sign up will take place on the members portal. Please click here and click on members portal.

Full details of the sign up process can be found here.

Please ensure you have paid your SJ membership for 2023 on the portal BEFORE you book your session. If you are unsure of your membership status for 2023 you are strongly encouraged to check this with secretary@jafferys.org well in advance of sign up opening.

Sign-ups will operate strictly on a first come, first serve basis. There are 8 places available for the 19.00-20.30 session, and 12 places available for the 20.30-22.00 session.

The sign up link for each session will go live at 9 PM every Wednesday when there is a session on the Sunday.

Waiting List

If all spaces have been allocated and a waiting list is showing, you are encouraged to complete the sign up process as places on the waiting list will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. No payment will be taken from you if signing up on the waitlist. If a space becomes available you will be notified by email and you will have a fixed period in which to complete payment and secure your place for the session. If you do not complete it within a certain time period, the place will be offered to the next person on the waiting list.


SJ operates a strict no refund for cancellation policy across all its sports. In the event SJ cancels the session, all participants will be fully credited with £6, which can be used against the purchase of any future SJ session on the portal. If you would like to join the SJ Padel group please use the QR code below and if you have any further questions email padel@jafferys.org

2023 Community Cup – Trophy, Water & Niyaz Sponsors


The Community Cup brings you a day of challenge, last minute tactics, hard work and skill! But what would be the point if there wasn’t something to give testament to your efforts or to strive for?

Similar to last year, we have an array of trophies for the winners and runners up for each competition as well as some additional awards for those who outperform the rest!

Thank you to all those who have sponsored the following:

Golden Boot – In Memory of Shaukatali Rajvani and Rajvani and Parpia Families

Golden Glove – In Memory of Munira Kanani

Under 21s POTT – In Memory of Farishta Family

Over 40s POTT – In Memory of Amirali JC Jaffer and Kassam Amirali Jaffer

Fair Play Award – In Memory of Govani Family

Player of the Tournament – In Memory of Jetha and Meghjee Families


In The Memory of Aarif Abdulla, Zeeshanali Gulamhussein & Hassan MT Kanji

In The Memory of the Kassamali, Gulamhussein, Panju and Moledina Families


Please recite Surah Al-Fatihah for all the Marhumeen

MAMT Volleyball Registration 2023

Every year, SJVB gets together to participate, in what is usually the most eagerly awaited tournament of the year, The Mulla Asgher Memorial Tournament, more commonly know as MAMT.

We are excited to announce that this year the tournament is back and will be hosted by Shia Sportsclub of Peterborough during the weekend of the 30th of September to the 1st of October.

MAMT has always been unique in its own way, it allows community members from a cross section of generations to get together, build new bonds as well as strengthen old ones thus creating a vibrant environment for all to enjoy and excel within.

SJVB has for the longest time dominated the Premiership level of Volleyball at these tournaments which was further marked by the last one hosted in Birmingham in the summer of 2019, when we split our A and B teams and were still able to retain the Premiership title. Our fabled ‘C’ team were however unable to retain their title narrowly loosing out to the hosts in a pulsating Championship final.

However, this year there’s a new challenge. COEJ in collaboration with Shia Sports Peterborough will be hosting a CHAMPIONSHIP style tournament aimed at maximising exposure for the youth and smaller clubs.

This change comes at the perfect time for SJVB, who have been in transition over the past year into a much younger more youth centred club. As the SJVB TEAM, we are excited at this opportunity and with a little leeway from the organisers should be able to combine some great hybrid style teams to attend the tournament held at the end of September.

We encourage everyone to sign up, regardless of the level of volleyball that you play at as we will be allowed to include some T1 players based on selection criteria.

Use the link below to register your interest BY THE 30th OF JUNE

We are excited to share all the volleyball related news and updates and should Inshallah be working towards this in the coming weeks.


SJ Launches Padel!

SJ are delighted to announce that it will be adding padel to the SJ rackets portfolio! Considered a mix between tennis and squash, it’s an ideal game for all abilities as its easy to learn where points are won more by strategy than sheer power of strength. As one of the fastest growing sports in the world, the combination of action and social interaction makes it an ideal sport for SJ to bring players of different interests to participate together in teams of two against their opponents.

The first SJ padel sessions will be held on the evening of Sunday 2nd July at Padel United – Bushey, North London. For SJ members to be eligible to sign up, please email padel@jafferys.org with your mobile number to be added to the SJ Padel WhatsApp group and receive sign up links for all sessions.

So where did it all start?

Padel was invented in Mexico in 1969 by Enrique Corcuera when he modified his squash court to welcome elements of platform tennis. In the 1970s, a Spanish friend of Corcuera brought the padel sport to Spain where it is now considered one of the most popular sports in the country which has over 20,000 padel courts and over 4 million active players.

Since then, the sport has grown rapidly and is today considered one of the world’s fastest growing sports in Europe, South America and North America. Recently the LTA have also integrated padel into their framework with a commitment to growing the sport in the UK.

The Padel Court

Padel is played in doubles on an enclosed court about 30% smaller than a tennis court surrounded by walls of glass and metallic mesh so your shots can be played off them – like in squash – to find wicked angles and creative shots to beat your opponents. As a bonus, you can even bounce the ball off a wall on your own side of the court – if you can get it to land on the other side of the court!

While there are a small number of courts designed for singles padel games, the game is originally designed to be played as doubles due to the smaller court and the higher speed of the game makes it difficult to cover the court when playing on your own.

Are Padel balls the same as tennis balls?

Padel balls differ slightly to tennis balls in both having a lower pressure and smaller diameter than tennis balls, however the weight requirements of the ball is the same as tennis in competitions.

What about the Padel racket?

A padel racket unlike a tennis or squash racket, has no strings and is typically made of carbon fibre or fiberglass. Fiberglass is a lot cheaper to make, so you will find them in the lower end, beginner rackets. Carbon fibre is used in the more intermediate to advanced rackets.

So how do I play Padel?

In padel, scoring is the same as tennis – but that’s where a lot of the similarities end. Also, unlike tennis, when a ball is served it must bounce once on the floor then hit underarm. But don’t worry, you still have a first and a second serve.

You can also volley the ball during a rally, however, the ball is determined as “out” if it hits a wall (fence or glass) before touching the ground. In padel, a smash or overhead if struck well can result in the ball rebounding out-of-play – but beware that your opponents can run out of the side gates to return the ball! This is allowed on certain courts that have enough out-of-bounds space and is common at the professional level.

Like tennis, a set is won when a team wins six games and there is at least two games difference – failing that the set is decided by a tie-break. Matches are best of three sets.

If the ball hits the wall or fence before it hits the playing field, this counts as a fault and a player loses the point. Once the ball bounces, it may hit the wall once or more before it goes over the net to the other player.

A good clip to explain the basic rules this can be found here courtesy of The Padel School: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8Xt_itvQOc