The club also offers a chance to Muslim women to enjoy a break from traditional roles that many say are expected of them.
Fatima Ali, 26, said some families struggled at first to understand why their young women members wanted to play sport. “I think a lot of people have approved of it,” she said. “But it is still going to take time, it’s not just a one-step process.”
“Even your brothers might be like what’s the point of you going all the way from west London to south east but I’ll be like: ‘I enjoy playing, we’ve got a team, this is it, we’ve got a match, we’ve got to go to do this’.”