Raza Sadiq wins the Jaguar Unsung Hero Award at the Lycamobile British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSA).
The Awards which took place on 6 February 2016 at JW Marriott Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London were attended by sportstars from across the country including Super-middleweight James DeGale, former England football international Sol Campbell and England International Eni Aluko.
The British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSA) was established by Sporting Equals in 2015, to celebrate sporting excellence within BME communities and help inspire the next generation.
Raza was selected by a panel of expert judges including Rugby World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi MBE, former West Bromwich Albion favourite Brendon Batson OBE and retired international athletes Derek Redmond and Jason Gardener MBE.
Raza is a founding member of the Active Life Club which was established in 1999 in Glasgow. He has played an instrumental role in developing the youth club which centres around getting young people to enjoy sports and develop transferrable skills they can use later on in life. Active Life Club has become a hub where young people can come together to participate in sports and organise competitions to encourage others to adapt healthier life style. When Raza is not with Active Life Club he works full time as a coach for Skills Development Scotland.
Raza has said of being a finalist: “I am delighted and humbled to have won such a prestigious award. I am touched by the support from young people and partner organisations. There was a buzz in Glasgow for this selection as I am in dated with endorsements of support messages”.
Arun Kang, Chief Executive Officer of Sporting Equals who founded the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards 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”.