Newham’s young people recognised at Jack Petchey awards ceremony

Mohammed Ali with his award. Picture: Jack Petchey Foundation

Mohammed Ali with his award. Picture: Jack Petchey Foundation - Credit: Jack Petchey Foundation

Young people from Newham’s community groups were among those recognised at the Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards.

Bonsa Abdurehman with his award. Picture: Jack Petchey Foundation

Bonsa Abdurehman with his award. Picture: Jack Petchey Foundation - Credit: Jack Petchey Foundation

The event, hosted at Ilford's Kenneth More Theatre, saw 108 11 to 25-year-olds from across east London gather to receive medallions. They had all previously received a certificate and a cheque for £250 to spend on their group.

These included Mohammed Ali, who has been coaching at the E20 Football Federation since he was 14.

The 19-year-old was voted one fo the best role models in the academy, and used his £250 on football gear for the club.

He said: 'I feel very proud and always want to support the growth in sport. Through ups and downs, chase your dream not the competition.'

Mohammed Ali with his award. Picture: Jack Petchey Foundation

Mohammed Ali with his award. Picture: Jack Petchey Foundation - Credit: Jack Petchey Foundation


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Bonsa Abdurehman, who attends Dost Centre for Young Refugees and Migrants, was nominated for being a positive influence.

He said: 'I feel very happy, excited and delighted to win the Jack Petchey award. Being recognised makes us strong and hopeful.'

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