gzt:Sam91: If it's a competition where other (non-muslim) schools have been invited to participate, then I feel it is unreasonable to ban the fathers from watching their children play.
It isn't. It is an annual event organised by a women's Muslim community organisation to encourage participation in sport. It is specifically a women only event. It just happens to be using a school as a venue, and on a Saturday.
And a tournament that has been running here in NZ as a woman's only event for 15 years
On a State school property. Why not run it on private property? If this was the Middle East, can we run a bikini clad event, where we smoke and drink on a public school property and be sweet?
It is a bit sad when a Dad cannot see his daughter play sport, due to another county's religious beliefs, when the people from the other country should be respecting our values (i.e. no need to cover up), and participate. If their beliefs require a cover up, no issue at all, just cover up.