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Rabiya Ahmed is the latest winner of the Barclays Community Sports Award, in recognition of her work supporting disadvantaged Asian women in Preston, UK.

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I do the work because I enjoy it and to be recognised in this way for doing something I love is fantastic. The prize money means that the ladies football team can continue to grow as funding is essential to us, so the players are thrilled.
Rabiya, Volunteer

At only 18 years of age, Rabiya has already spent two years volunteering as part of the Fishwick Rangers Youth and Community Development Scheme.

The programme provides disadvantaged people in the local community with activities to spend their free time and improve their fitness, including an Asian female football team which Rabiya manages and coaches.

Around 20 Asian girls aged between seven and 12 now meet every week to train and take part in competitive matches.

In addition to her work with young people, Rabiya also organised a 40-week scheme for Asian women in the local community. This involves weekly swimming and fitness sessions run by qualified instructors in a female-only environment.

Rabiya said: “It was a complete surprise to be nominated and an even bigger shock to win the Barclays Community Sport Award.

"I do the work because I enjoy it and to be recognised in this way for doing something I love is fantastic.

“The prize money means that the ladies football team can continue to grow as funding is essential to us, so the players are thrilled."

Fayyaz Ahmed, Secretary at Fishwick Rangers, said: “Rabiya has been a great benefit to our organisation as she has overcome major barriers within the community and cultural differences enabling young Asian females to volunteer and gain key skills and confidence.

“She alone managed to talk and persuade elders within the Asian community to allow their daughters to take part and assist within the community.”

Gareth Southgate, former Middlesbrough and England international footballer who heads the judging panel for the award, concluded: “Rabiya Ahmed is an inspiration to young people in the UK.

“She saw a gap in the opportunities available for young Asian women in her local community and set up a women’s football team that enables them not only to train and exercise weekly, but to work on important skills like team work and self confidence.

“She has also inspired her peers to volunteer their time to Fishwick Rangers, which is testament to the role model she has become in her community.”

The Barclays Community Sports Award is a joint initiative between Barclays Spaces for Sports, the Premier League’s Creating Chances community football programme, and UK sports charity the Football Foundation. Each monthly winner will receive £1,000 for their group or organisation, a limited edition trophy, and be entered into the end of season award to win a further £5,000.

Colleagues, as well as members of the public, can nominate a person, group or not-for-profit organisation for the Barclays Community Sports Award by visiting the website.

Barclays Spaces for Sports, launched in the UK in 2004, is a community sports programme using sport to revitalise disadvantaged communities and tackle key social issues in countries around the world where Barclays operates.

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