TSB Community Partner Award recognises the incredible work of Anwar Khattak who has helped hundreds of young people through the power of sport.
Anwar Khattak, a 33-year-old legal advisor from Small Heath, who founded the Birmingham Youth Sports Academy, has been named the TSB Community Partner Award winner at this year’s Pride of Birmingham Awards, for supporting over 1,000 youngsters through football coaching, educational advice and mentoring.
Anwar first started the voluntary organisation as a way of involving his nephews in sport and keeping them occupied and away from potential trouble. Within two months the number of young people participating had grown to 30 and today, over 150 boys from the age of eight to 18 take part in the Birmingham Youth Sports Academy.
As a result of the Birmingham Youth Sports Academy’s support, many past members now have successful careers within sport.
Dawn Megginson, Area Director for TSB West Midlands says: “The TSB Community Partner Award is all about celebrating the amazing work people do to help their communities thrive and Anwar is a shining example of someone doing just this.
“Supporting young people not only on the pitch, but off the pitch too and helping them to reach their full potential is so important.
“It’s set to be a fantastic evening and I can’t wait to celebrate all of the remarkable things happening right across Birmingham.”
Paul Cole, Print Editor, Birmingham Mail comments: “The spirit of the Pride of Birmingham Awards is exemplified by the remarkable work that Anwar Khattak has done, and continues to do, within the community at a time when it is most needed.
“His Birmingham Youth Sports Academy has helped more than 1,000 youngsters from Small Heath, Alum Rock and Sparkhill, not only by allowing them to enjoy sport but also through educational advice, mentoring, and helping with job-seeking.
“The keynotes of our awards are courage, caring, compassion and community – and Anwar's award more than fits the bill. I look forward to meeting him on the night and to celebrating his success with family, friends and our many celebrity guests.
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