Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Raza Sadiq, UNISON activist, wins prestigious award for encouraging young people into sport

UNISON Scotland activist Raza Sadiq won the Jaguar Unsung Hero Award at the Lycamobile British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSA) for his work in developing Active Life Clubs which encourage young people to enjoy sports.

Raza Sadiq, with BEDSA judges

The Awards took place on 6 February 2016 in London and were attended by sportstars from across the country.
The British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSA) celebrates sporting excellence within BME communities and inspires the next generation.
Raza was selected by a panel of expert judges including Rugby World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi MBE, and retired international athletes Derek Redmond and Jason Gardener MBE.
Other winners on the night included olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill, F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and retired heavy weight boxer Frank Bruno.
The Active Life Club, which Raza helped to found in 1999, brings young people together to participate in sport, lead healthier lifestyles and develop skills they use later in life. IWhen Raza is not volunteering with Active Life Club he works full-time as a coach for Skills Development Scotland and is a UNISON activist. 
Raza said, “I want to thank everyone in UNISON for thier support. I am delighted and humbled to have won such a prestigious award. I am touched by the support from young people and partner organisations and everyone at UNISON. There was a buzz in Glasgow for this selection as I am in dated with endorsements of support messages.”
Arun Kang, founder of BEDSA said, “Raza truly deserves to be recognised for his decades of volunteer work helping BME communities in Glasgow. The Active Life Club is testament to his belief that sport can change people’s lives and provide life skills for young people that will stand the test of time”. 
To find out more about the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards please visit: http://bedsa.co.uk/

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