One in a Million is the latest winner of the Barclays Community Sports Award.
The charity combats anti-social behaviour and promotes healthy living and community cohesion in Bradford, UK by organising sports activities and informal education sessions for disadvantaged children.
One of the activities organised is a series of five-a-side football matches, where participants have access to a mentor who discusses issues such as gang crime, vandalism and alcohol abuse.
The charity was co-founded by Wayne Jacobs, Assistant Manager of Bradford City Football Club.
Gareth Southgate, former Middlesbrough and England international footballer who heads the judging panel for the award, said: “One in a Million is a truly unique scheme that engages young people through sport while educating them on important issues.
“The West Yorkshire police have noticed a huge reduction in local crime while the scheme has been in existence which is testament to the fantastic and important work the charity is doing.”
Sean Rutherford, charity fundraiser for One in a Million, added: “It is fantastic to receive this award in recognition of the important work that One in a Million does with disadvantaged young people across Bradford.
“A huge thanks to Barclays Spaces for Sports, Premier League Creating Chances and the Football Foundation for their support.
“This money will be vital in ensuring that One in a Million can continue their great work across the region.”
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 using the link on the right.
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.