This weekend, BYSA (Birmingham Youth Sports Academy) officially received the Queens Award for Voluntary Services (QAVS) in a presentation ceremony on Saturday morning at Small Heath Wellbeing Centre. The presentation was made by the Lord Lieutenant John Crabtree OBE (representing HRH Queen Elizabeth) and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation. It is the MBE equivalent for volunteer groups.
The award is given to organisations who provide social, economic or environmental service to their local communities. Other local organisations In 2018, BYSA were selected alongside other organisation such as Godiva Trust, Staffordshire Police Cadets and Midland and Langar Seva Society.
This award will stand out in the growing list of accolades that BYSA has received in recent years. BYSA was setup in 2002 as a volunteer organisation with the view to inspire youth through positive role models and sport.
The organisation has given thousands of youngsters from inner city Birmingham the opportunity to play team sports which in turn helps them better integrate and communicate with the city of Birmingham.
BYSA have continued to grow over the last 16 years and have a number of projects lined up for the next 3 years. Recent years has seen them add a mentoring program to help develop social and life skills as well deal with topic issues such as knife crime. They now also run a girls project which is attracting more members every week.
Chairman Amer Awan said:
“We are extremely proud of receiving this top accolade, we are very thankful to have a team of volunteers who have made this happen, consistently over so many years now. We are fully focussed on having a positive impact on the lives of as many young people as we possibly can.”
Founder and Welfare officer Anwar Khattak said:
“It has been an amazing journey from the initial vision in 2002 to where we are today and we have had a lot of generous support from Volunteers, Supporters and Ambassadors along the way – but we are not done yet. We have a number of projects lined up and our Mission remains to continue to Inspire Youth through positive role models and sport.”
For more information about BYSA’s sports projects visit www.BYSA.co.uk.
To get involved as a volunteer, sponsor or mentor contact our Vice Chair Abid Khan (07583 044 624).