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Rabiya Ahmed was named the overall season winner of Barclays Community Sports Award at a ceremony last night in London.

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I am delighted to have my work recognised by winning this award.
Rabiya Ahmed, Overall season winner of Barclays Community Sports Award

Rabiya Ahmed was named the overall season winner of Barclays Community Sports Award at a ceremony last night in London.

The accolade recognises her work to support disadvantaged Asian women in Preston, UK.

At only 18 years of age, Rabiya has spent more than two years volunteering with the Fishwick Rangers Youth and Community Development Scheme.

Under the programme, which offers people a chance to spend their free time improving their fitness, she manages and coaches an Asian female football team for youngsters.

Rabiya also created a 40-week scheme for the older generation of Asian women in the local community.

This involves weekly swimming and fitness sessions run by qualified instructors in a female-only environment.

Rabiya won the monthly Barclays Community Sports Award in February (pictured).

As the overall season winner of Barclays Community Sports Award, she will receive £5,000 for the Fishwick Rangers Youth and Community Development Scheme.

Commenting on her win, Rabiya said: “I am delighted to have my work recognised by winning this award.

“I wanted to increase participation among women in Preston and the prize money will be a great help in continuing the Fishwick Rangers Youth Development Scheme.”

Gareth Southgate, former Middlesbrough and England international footballer who heads the judging panel for the award, added: “Rabiya is a worthy winner of the Barclays Community Sports Award. Her work is a credit to herself and her family, and I hope will be an inspiration for others to become involved with community sport.

“I am particularly impressed with the increase in numbers of women participating in sport thanks to her volunteering.”

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.

Eight monthly winners have been named since the launch of the initiative, with each receiving £1,000 for their group or organisation and a limited edition trophy.

They were also entered into the end of season award.

Barclays Spaces for Sports is part of Barclays community investment programme and leverages expertise from the Group’s long-term sports sponsorship.

The £37.5m global programme uses sport to revitalise disadvantaged communities and tackle key social issues, as well as develop vital life skills.

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