The Birmingham Youth Sports Academy celebrated its 21st anniversary, marking two decades of providing support and making a positive impact on the youth of Birmingham through football, mentoring, tutoring, employment/apprenticeship opportunities, and vocational trips. The milestone was commemorated on Friday, June 9th, 2023, where over 500 individuals gathered at Aston Villa FC’s Holte Suite in Birmingham to honour BYSA’s incredible achievements.

The event was filled with an abundance of respect, love, and support for Anwar, recognising his commendable passion and drive. Professor Paul Cadman, the Chairman, unveiled the academy’s future vision and development plans. He extended his congratulations to all the volunteers, sponsors, ambassadors, and supporters who have been part of this remarkable journey, acknowledging their presence on this momentous occasion.

The success of the event was made possible by the contribution of headline, platinum, diamond, and table partners. Attendees were treated to exceptional entertainment, delicious food, a live sporting memorabilia auction, BYSA Awards, and exciting raffle items, all in celebration of the academy’s 21-year journey.

BYSA expresses its gratitude to everyone involved in making this event a reality, with special thanks to the following:

  • Headline sponsors: Bootcamp Media, Steps to Work, Starting Point Recruitment.
  • Platinum sponsors: PHTA (Precision Health Technologies Accelerator), Motorserv-uk, ISA support service.
  • Diamond sponsors: In touch with, Blackfriars Law, Shakur Investment Group.
  • Special guest speakers: Andy Street, Mayor of West Midlands (via video), CEO Mark Lawrie from Street Games, CEO Mike Chamberlain from Sports Birmingham.
  • Event management by Ifraz & Anita from B Events Media, who elevated the experience to new heights. To learn more, visit:
  • Compère Ed James, whose energetic hosting added a touch of magic to the evening’s proceedings.
  • Official BYSA photographer Edwin Ladd, whose talent captured the special moments flawlessly.
  • Balbir Singh, a longstanding BYSA ambassador and auctioneer, whose advice, support, and presence have been invaluable.
  • Manj from Purple Square AV, responsible for the big screens, sound, lighting, sparklers, music, and creating a captivating atmosphere.
  • Khaljit from Johals Catering, who provided amazing food, drinks, waiter service, and impeccable presentation.
  • Comedian acts Kane Brown and Tez Ilyas, who entertained the audience.

Congratulations to the winners of the BYSA Chairman’s Awards and Special Recognition Award, recognising their well-deserved accolades for their voluntary work, leadership, and positive impact:

  • Chairman’s Award: Councillor Ian Ward from Birmingham City Council.
  • Special Recognition Award: Guy Rippon from Aston Villa Foundation.

Lastly, BYSA extends its gratitude to all table and media partners for attending, showing support, and playing a part in making the event a success. The entire BYSA team thanks everyone for their participation and looks forward to an even bigger and better event in 2024. See you at #BYSA2024

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