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The SAS Annual General Meeting (AGM), 24/11/13

The Scottish Afghan Society announced their AGM will be held on the 24/11/13 and invited all Afghans who are residing within Scotland to participate at the AGM also to elect the SAS New Management Committee for the Year 2013/2014.



In the announcement it was also added by the SAS that if any of the SAS general members who would wish to become a Candidate they should register their names in the SAS office from 04/11/13 – 17/11/13 between 1PM – 3PM






H.E the Ambassador of Afghanistan Dr Mohammad Daud Yaar in SAS Office, Glasgow 08/11/13

H.E the Ambassador of Afghanistan Dr Mohammad Daud Yaar in SAS Office, Glasgow 08/11/13

Building Afghanistan’s Futures, The Education Challenge:

Mr Ambassador discussed the future of Afghanistan and the transition after the planned withdrawal of NATO troops in 2014 and the need to rebuild the nation's infrastructure, with particular regard to education and women's education especially.



H.E was joined by his wife, Mr Rody Gow OBE the Chairperson and Founder of the Asia Scotland Institute and Mr Gurjit Singh Lalli, the Director of Development of the Asia Scotland Institute.



The Scottish Afghan Society was invited by Mr Rody and Mr Ambassador insisted on meeting the Afghans in Glasgow.



After the Conference at the Strathclyde University, Mr Ambassador was taken to the SAS office where H.E was greeted by young Afghan girls with flowers and he met some of our Afghans.



SAS Management Committee had great discussions regarding the problems faced by the Afghans in Scotland. Both parties have agreed to closely co-operate with each other on different important issues.



After a brief tour of SAS office, Mr Ambassador and his wife, as well as Mr Gow, Mr Lalli and some of the Afghan elders were invited for a traditional home made Afghan Dinner in a traditional Afghan set up by the SAS where the SAS management wanted Mr Ambassador to feel at home. The beautiful and delicious food was prepared by the Spingher family whom we are grateful to, for their great efforts in preparing and serving the food for over 30 people.






25th of Oct, Roshni Scottish Ethnic Communities and YEA Event!!

25th of Oct, Roshni Scottish Ethnic Communities and YEA Event!!

The SAS Management Team was invited at this big Event. The Event was well organised and it was well attended, where a large number of people from different Minority Ethnic back grounds had participated.



There was a fantastic atmosphere and all the participants were served with lots of different delicious courses throughout the program.



The Great news for The SAS was that they were awarded with the £10000 funding from the Big Lottery Fund through the Roshni which SAS had applied for three different projects back on May 2013.



THE BIGGEST ACHIEVMENT OF THE YEAR FOR THE SAS!!!






20th of Oct Qurbani Meat Distribution to the Needy Families!!

On the 20th of Oct the SAS team announced the distribution of Qurbani Meat to the needy families. Those families who were interested to get free Meat were requested to attend two places between 2pm – 4pm to obtain that. One in the Central Masque and on other distribution point was at the Kingsway community hall. These Qurbani Meat were provided by the Glasgow Central Mosque in partnership with the Scottish Police Muslim Association and My Community UK. Lots of families turned up and they received each a bag of fresh free Qurbani Meat.






15th of Oct Eid Prayers and Event!!

15th of Oct Eid Prayers and Event!!

The Scottish Afghan Society have organised a joint event with the Marhaba Welcome Centre on the first day of Eid for Muslims of all back grounds including men, women and children. The people were invited to do their prayers together shoulder to shoulder in the Marhaba Welcome Centre for the sake of unity and integration. After the Eid Prayers they were all invited for lots of delicious homemade cakes, cookies and tea (Sheer Chai). People were also given an option to bring any sweets, cakes or cookies along with them if they were willing to share it with their brothers and sisters. Around 250 people had turned up and the atmosphere was amazing and very friendly also people enjoyed the Event a lot.



This above amazing delicious cake was made by one of our Afghan sisters and she did not want her name to be mentioned.






6th of Oct SAS Football Team Had a League Match Against Scottish Arab Youth!

6th of Oct SAS Football Team Had a League Match Against Scottish Arab Youth!

What a great match it was, players worked very hard and did their best but unfortunately the SAS team missed lots of chances to break the opposition goal. Also the SAS Keeper and the Striker was injured at the previous match and that definitely was one of the main reasons the SAS team lost the game 4-2 to the Scottish Arab Youth ( what an excuse?:)). At the same time the SAY players did very well and they got a massive congratulation by the SAS team through the Facebook.






5th of Oct SAS Management Team Distributed Study Books to the Children!

5th of Oct SAS Management Team Distributed Study Books to the Children!

Another extraordinary achievement for the SAS Management Team, they managed to provide the children with very beneficial study materials the books were edited by some of the SAS Management Team using different and rich related resources and distributed free of charge to all the children in the classes. The distribution of the books encouraged all the children to attend the classes with more passion and it was quite obvious by looking at their cheered up faces. This great development was one of the important steps for students, teachers and the Afghan Community.






2nd of Oct a Very Tough Match against one of the strongest team in the Scottish Unity Football League!

2nd of Oct a Very Tough Match against one of the strongest team in the Scottish Unity Football League!

The SAS team went into the pitch while they were feeling very prepared as a result of their weekly hard training. Before they enter the pitch you can tell from their faces how ready and hopeful they were about this game.



But lucky it was a correct prediction and the SAS team achieved a great result by ending the game at a Draw of 1-1. They were all thanked by the Coach and the Manager for their extraordinary performance on that day.






22nd of Sep SAS Football Team Participated the Multicultural Football Festival was organised by Scottish Football Association!

22nd of Sep SAS Football Team Participated the Multicultural Football Festival was organised by Scottish Football Association!

The SAS skilled young team of football players joined the football tournament amongst other 16 professional football teams. The participant teams were from different back grounds. The tournament was called Multicultural Football Festival and was organised by SFA.



The SAS Football Team managed to finish their part in their group in style. They had 2 WINS, 1 LOSS and 1 DRAW and the draw was against the strongest team in the tournament as they won the final.



All teams including the SAS team were awarded £100 and a full set of Adidas strips by the SFA. The SAS Football team was nominated the youngest team amongst all the 16 participant teams in the tournament.



The SAS Management Committee thanked all the players, the Team manager, the SAS team Coach for their hard work and dedication towards their exceptional achievement for the team.






09th of Sep Registration for the creation of a Cricket Team under the name of SAS!!!

09th of Sep Registration for the creation of a Cricket Team under the name of SAS!!!

As it was felt that there was a high demand for Cricket amongst Afghan young boys, SAS management committee decided to create a cricket team just to encourage the young boys to stay active and out of trouble from the streets. The registration started on the 09th of Sep and around 25 young boys names were registered under with team. Amongst these 25 registered players there were two players from Pakistan and three players from India. The team is open for everyone to join. Couple of guys who are nominated to manage the team are trying to set up a friendly game with one of the leagues to see how the new team is doing. But the training is withheld until the Cricket season starts. Also it is hard to get the proper cricket ground for training as it is very costly as there are not lots of ground around and it is differ from football where it can be trained in everywhere. It may take longer for the team to flourish but because of the passion and enthusiastic the players have they are ready to start training as soon as the season starts.






Women Drop in Every Sunday between 12pm – 2pm

Drop in sessions started from Monday the 5th of August and continues. In the men drop in sessions you will people of different ages and numbers of participants are vary every week, they have sometimes been provided with the very delicious but small packs of lunch which are offered by the Afghan takeaways in Glasgow from time to time for free. Men of different ages are participating; they play chess, play board also getting knowledge how to use Internet or some basic IT skills.






Men Drop in Every Monday between 12pm – 2pm

Men Drop in Every Monday between 12pm – 2pm

Drop in sessions started from Monday the 5th of August and continues. In the men drop in sessions you will people of different ages and numbers of participants are vary every week, they have sometimes been provided with the very delicious but small packs of lunch which are offered by the Afghan takeaways in Glasgow from time to time for free. Men of different ages are participating; they play chess, play board also getting knowledge how to use Internet or some basic IT skills.



A Professional Islamic Studies teacher is also part of the team on Monday who takes an hour of the time to teach about Islam and its Procedures. This small course has encouraged more people to join.






SAS Football Team were invited for a delightful BBQ on Sunday the 18th of August

SAS Football Team were invited for a delightful BBQ on Sunday the 18th of August

Another extraordinary outdoor training for the team, as the SAS football team were preparing for the League Tournament which was due to start on the 2nd of Sep this year. The players were given important tips about the league by the coach.



Because of their great dedication and hard work they were all invited for a BBQ after training which was organised by the SAS. The BBQ was organised for the players’ hard work during the summer cup and to encourage them to achieve more for the team. All the players had a fantastic day out.






Eid Event on 12th of Aug 2013

The Scottish Afghan Society organised a program to Celebrate Eid and invited all Afghans including Men, Women and Children for a Dinner. The Event was held on Monday the 08th of August between 5pm – 11pm at Victoria Function Halls, Glasgow.



Eid Event on 12th of Aug 2013

In celebration of the outstanding Eid Event, the Scottish Afghan Society commended each of the Afghan brothers and sisters for their dedication and hard work. Everyone did a superb job organising the Event and it was well attended.



Over 250 people including Men, Women, and children also our Scottish, Pakistani, Iranians, Kurdish, Indian friends and two members of the South East Integration Network (SEIN) participated at the Event and enjoyed the great atmosphere there.



Eid Event on 12th of Aug 2013

Also the Scottish Afghan Society sincerely thanked every Afghan brother and Afghan local businesses as well as other friends for their supports to make this beautiful Event happen.






SAS Entering the Scottish Charity Register 31st of July 2013

On the 31th of July 2013 the Scottish Afghan Society announced and congratulated all Afghan community about SAS entering the Scottish Charity Register. This was a great achievement to the new management committee as well as to the Afghan community.






The SAS Football Team Quarter Finals, Summer Cup, 28th of July 2013

The SAS Football Team Quarter Finals, Summer Cup, 28th of July 2013

SCOTTISH AFGHAN SOCIETY 3 vs FIRHILL FALCONS 3



Penalties (4 – 5) to Firhill Folcons Venue: Lochinch Police Club Facility Pollock Country Park



Another extraordinary match which ended up going into penalties, the SAS team did really well at the first half and they were 3 – 1 up against the opposition team. Although some of the SAS team players were fasting and they were feeling very tired the team managed to take the match into the penalties. The SAS football team lost 4 -5 in penalties. One of the SAS players hit the goal post which made all the fans WOWWWWW. It was very disappointing at that point but this is not counted as loss because the team did really well and managed to finish 90 minutes in draw, one team had to lose unfortunately that bad luck hit SAS team.






The SAS Football Team First Summer Cup Match 23th of July 2013

The SAS football Team automatically went into Quarter Finals as the opposition team (West Bridge Villa) pulled out of the Cup.



Scottish Afghan Society 1 - 3 AfroScots(Friendly)

The SAS Football Team First Summer Cup Match 23th of July 2013

But another friendly match was arranged with the best team in the League (AfroScots), the match finished 3-1 to AfroScots. The SAS team did extremely well, although some of the players were fasting and they weren’t even allowed to drink water. It was a fantastic result against a team who have been playing for the Unity league for over six years and they have won several Trophies out of this League.






First Day of the Holy Month of Ramadan 10th July 2013

First Day of the Holy Month of Ramadan 10th July 2013

The holy month started and the Scottish Afghan Society wished all Muslims a wonderful Ramadan with full of Blessings and Barakah.



SAS organised an Iftari Program (Dinner) for everyone in the Marhaba Welcome Centre. Around 100 people participated and there were Arabs, Afghans, Pakistani, Africans, Kurdish, Iranians and more people amongst the guests. After opening their fast with Dates, Water and Samosa, everyone was served with delicious dinner. The dinner included very delicious different foods such as Mix vegetable and chicken soup, Afghani Palow (Fried Rice), Chicken Curry, Salad and fruits. There was a very friendly and brotherhood atmosphere and they all showed lots of appreciation towards this special event.



The Iftari Program continued by being sponsored by other Muslim brothers everyday thereafter till the end of the Ramadan.






Football Friendly Match 7th of July 2013 - Scottish Afghan Society 3 - 2 Scottish Arab Youth

Football Friendly Match 7th of July 2013 - Scottish Afghan Society 3 - 2 Scottish Arab Youth

The SAS football team played their second friendly match against Scottish Arab Youth on the 7th of July 2013 since being entered the Scottish Unity League. It was a great atmosphere with beautiful sunny hot day. Everyone enjoyed the game also it was finished in style 3 – 2 to the Scottish Afghan Society Football Team.






Refugee Week 18th June 2013

Refugee Week 18th June 2013

The Scottish Afghan Society supported young Afghan boys who took part in the Glasgow Mela 2013 in Kelvin Grove Park which attending by around 35000 people. The Afghan boys performed Afghan Dance (Attan).






Meeting with the Office of The First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond 17th June 2013

Meeting with the Office of The First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond 17th June 2013

The Scottish Afghan Society had a very constructive meeting with the office of the First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond on Monday 17/6/13 in Edinburgh. Different issues were discussed including education, sports, women and most importantly the issue of young unaccompanied Afghan asylum seekers who had escaped the War torn Afghanistan to seek a peaceful life in the UK, despite their arrival the young boys have found themselves in worst situations, living in the fear of deportation, their teenage years have been wasted waiting for a Home Office to grant them leave to remain. Unfortunately hundreds of these boys were deported without full consideration of what could happen to them in Afghanistan, there are no track records of these boys, no one knows what has happened to them, and we hope these issues will be addressed by the Scottish and UK Government.






SAS 1st official Unity League friendly game vs Drumbank Thistle 9th June 2013

SAS 1st official Unity League friendly game vs Drumbank Thistle 9th June 2013

The Scottish Afghan Society football team kept up with their hard training to prepare themselves for a test match to enter the Scottish Unity League. As a result of twice a week training they have achieved a lot, performing very well and in compare with the first weeks of training they have all noticed a big difference in their Skills, Stamina, and fitness despite achieving all that they have been integrating well with lots of other local football teams.






Football Training 2nd of June 2013

Football Training 2nd of June 2013

The Scottish Afghan Society football team kept up with their hard training to prepare themselves for a test match to enter the Scottish Unity League. As a result of twice a week training they have achieved a lot, performing very well and in compare with the first weeks of training they have all noticed a big difference in their Skills, Stamina, and fitness despite achieving all that they have been integrating well with lots of other local football teams.






South East Integration Network meeting 22st May 2013

South East Integration Network meeting 22st May 2013

Over 22 people turned up at the meeting and they were representing over 15 communities including Police Scotland, Glasgow Common Wealth Games 2014, in the South East area of Glasgow. Lots of different issues were discussed including some particular programs which were going to be organised by the SEIN in the month of June for the Refugee Week. It was also discussed about other small projects which were planned to be done by different present communities at the meeting and suggestions were taken from different representatives.






First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond meets the Scottish Afghan Society 12th May 2013

First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond meets the Scottish Afghan Society 12th May 2013

The Right Honourable First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond visiting the Scottish Afghan Society in Glasgow. Different issues and concerns were raised with him






SAS women's sub-committee elections 11th May 2013

The Scottish Afghan Society had arranged an event for women and children on Saturday 11th May 2013. Over 90 people attended the event and took part in voting representatives for the Women's Sub-committee. We were pleased to announce that two female members have been successfully elected onto the committee and will focus on events and activities with an aim to involve more women in the running of the Scottish Afghan Society. We also had 7 other women putting up their names in helping those organising events and activities. They can be contacted by emailing us on scottishafghansociety@gmail.com. We are open for ideas and suggestions from women within the community. They have already held a meeting with the Scottish Refugee Council for advice on funding activities.






Meeting the young unaccompanied Afghan minors 9th May 2013

Meeting the young unaccompanied Afghan minors 9th May 2013

We had a very busy day on Wednesday at the SAS offices. We held a meeting to discuss some of the issues affecting young unaccompanied minors living in the city and what we can do to support them.






Every Wednesday Friendly Games

Every Wednesday Friendly Games

The Scottish Afghan Society Football Team is playing friendly games on Wednesday evenings every week. The team plays against different teams to improve their skills also to improve integration with other local football teams within Glasgow.






Sunday Football Trainings

Sunday Football Trainings

The Sunday football training for our young boys has continued. These players are very dedicated to turn up on an early Sunday morning to train hard no matter whether the sky is blue or grey. These trainings have given them the benefits and opportunities to keep them fit, increase their stamina and most importantly they are doing something useful with their lives. This training has created integration amongst different communities.






The Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award, Monday the 29th April 2013

The Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award, Monday the 29th April 2013

The Scottish Afghan Society members were among several schools, Scottish Government officials as well as other political parties and other organisations attending the Mark Scott Leadership for Life Awards Ceremony to celebrate and acknowledge the hard work achieved by the young participants in different Outward Bound Projects. It was a wonderful and pleasurable atmosphere with a lot of positive stories and projects.



Abdullah, currently the Treasurer of The Scottish Afghan Society, participated in one of the Mark Scott Leadership for Life Awards in Outward Bound in 2004/2005. He was asked to speak about his experience and whether the course had a positive impact in one’s life. Also what advice would he give to the young participants who completed the course on that night.



The audience were delighted with Abdullah’s speech.



We have also managed to speak to Judith Scott, one of the founding members of the Mark Scott Foundation. Different issues were discussed. The Scottish Afghan Society is looking forward to work with the Mark Scott Foundation to serve our communities in the future. BBC presenter John Beattie who called Afghanistan “the Beautiful” country was the host and David Smith MBE and Olympic Gold medallist in 2012 London Olympics in Adaptive Rower had an extraordinary and inspiring story to tell about his journey that won him Gold Medal in the Olympics




Glasgow Afghan Boys Seek Funding for Sport – 11th April 2013

Glasgow Afghan Boys Seek Funding for Sport – 11th April 2013

Three Afghan teenagers are in the process of seeking funding to carry out a complex sports programme in Glasgow for Ethnic Minorities. Hasib Anwari, 16, Elham Ghousi, 16, and Waleed Totakhyl, 16, who are currently studying for their Standard Grade and Higher exams, will apply for The Scottish Ethnic Communities £100k Fund, which is being administered by Roshni.



The boys will work with other youngsters to come up with a programme that encourages young people from ethnic minority communities to take part in a range of sports.



Grants of up to £10,000 are available for the best ideas, which will be voted on by various individuals in October 2013.



The Scottish Afghan Society is also seeking funding from the same fund to develop the Scottish-Afghan Football Team.




Language Classes - 1st April 2013

The Scottish Afghan Society created Afghanistan language classes (Dari and Pashto) for children between 5 and 16 years old. The registration started on Monday the 1st to Friday the 5th of April. Around 40 students have registered so far, with more registering when they visit the office.



The Scottish Afghan Society aims to bring children together, teach them about their languages, how to read and write, enable them learn about their culture and history. The classes are held every week on Saturdays and Sundays.

Language Classes - 1st April 2013


Nowroz Family Event

An Afghan New Year event was also held for Woman and Children at Marhaba Welcome Community Centre. It was another opportunity for people to bring and share food and teach children about Afghan Culture and Heritage and how this can be celebrated in Scotland.

Nowroz Family Event


Nowroz Celebration - 18th March 2013

Afghanistan Cultural New Year Day (Nowroz) was celebrated on the 18th of March 2013. It was a great event which was celebrated by people from not only the Afghan Community, but members of the Scottish, Iranian, Pakistani and Kurdish Communities.



The event was sponsored by (STRAWBERRY AND SPICED GARDENS, KHAN’S TRAVEL AND MONEY TRANSFER, a SHAH & CO. LTD ACCOUNTANTS & CONSULTANTS, AIRWAYS TRAVEL, NEIL BARNES SOLICITORS, GULBARG BUTCHERS, INSTANT CLAIMS GLASGOW, ALADDIN HOT FOR YOU FOOD TAKEAWAY, AFGHAN VILLAGE RESTAURANT) who played a significant role in making this event happen. We would like to thank everyone who took part!

Nowroz Celebration - 18th March 2013


Afghan Football Team Trials - 3rd March 2013

The Scottish Afghan Society has launched a football team for the community to get more young Afghans involved in sport. The Trial and registration session was held on Sunday 3rd March 2013 at Cathkin Park, Myrtle Park, Glasgow, G42 8BB between 10am to 12pm.



About 30 people took part and we had about 22 players registered to play for the Team. Players were all encouraged to work hard, build discipline, build on team work and most importantly have the chance to integrate with other communities around the country, which will have a positive impact on our youth lives in the long term.

Afghan Football Team Trials - 3rd March 2013


Children’s competition - 24th February 2013

The Scottish Afghan Society held a Children’s competition on Sunday the 24th of February 2013 in The Marhaba Welcome Community Centre on reciting the Holy Quran, which was followed by a Quiz on Islamic Knowledge. Children between 6-14 years old took part, with prizes to the three top winners. However, no one left empty handed, as all children were presented with gifts for taking part.

Children’s competition - 24th February 2013


Family Events – November and January

The Scottish Afghan Society held events on Sunday the 24th November & 24th January for Afghan families and children to gather. It was very successful with over 80 people attending each event. The feedback we received from the children was fantastic. Women prepared food to share and gifts, which were donated, were given out to the children. Some local take away shops supported us by providing Nan Bread. The aim of the events was to encourage participation from women and children within the community.




Elections - 4th November 2012

An election was held on the 4th of November 2012 by the Afghan community to elect their new committee for the Scottish Afghan Society and a large number of Afghans had participated. There was a great atmosphere.

Scottish Afghan Society new Committee

The Scottish Afghan Society new Committee started working on the following projects: Advisory Services, Education services, Health services, Sport and Events, Bereavement services and the Elder council. The services are explained in the Scottish Afghan Society website.



The new Committee have also created the following: New Website, Facebook & Twitter accounts, a new logo, Banner, Stamp, Letterheads &Telephone line and set up a new Bank account.





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