A.S.P.I.R.E duo recognised for work in local community
A.S.P.I.R.E. members Ammarah Pandor and Peter Harding have both been recognised for efforts in their local communities as they help Kick It Out promote its messages of equality and inclusion.
Ammarah, 17, organised a football tournament for local girls in her community. Taking place at Kick Off Dewsbury, the tournament saw a number of young Muslim women play in a competition which aimed to encourage participation in football.
News of the tournament spread quickly with BBC Look North and BBC Radio Leeds both interviewing Ammarah as she spoke about the event.
She said: “I think it was a real success because especially in my community, there’s a lot of Muslim people, and a lot of Muslim girls who don’t play football. So I think it’s important to host events like these for the families and girls who aspire to play football to show them that it’s okay.”
Peter was also recognised for his work in the community as he was chosen as The FA Young Volunteer of the Year for the 2016 FA Community Awards.
Peter, who plays for Chelsea FC’s pan-disability team, was recognised for his efforts in the South East and Surrey region encouraging other young people with disabilities to play football.
Peter who has a Level 1 coaching badge to his name, regularly volunteers with Surrey FA, helping them to deliver opportunities for people with disabilities within the sport.
He spoke to Surrey FA’s website about winning the accolade:
“I feel honoured to have been recognised with all the awards that I have won in the last year and feel that there are other people who may read this who should become coaches – ideally in disability football!”
To find out more about A.S.P.I.R.E, Kick It Out’s group of young ambassadors, visit their page on our website here.