Nelson teenager is North West Volunteer of Year

North West Volunteer of the Year Mohammed Zubair Bashir. (S)

North West Volunteer of the Year Mohammed Zubair Bashir. (S)

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Young Nelsoner Mohammed Zubair Bashir has been named North West Volunteer of the Year at the second annual Co-operative StreetGames Young Volunteer Awards in recognition of his commitment to improving the lives of others within his community.

Zubair (19), who is studying BTEC Sport at Nelson and Colne College, was chosen from hundreds of nominees and received his award at a national ceremony in Manchester, where the best and brightest individuals that volunteer their time to help deliver Doorstep Sport programmes across the UK were recognised.

Judges included BBC Sport editor Anna Thompson, representatives from national sports charity StreetGames and the Co-operative.

Zubair volunteers at Pendle Leisure Trust, giving seven hours a week to support the delivery of a wide variety of sessions ranging from nursery bike riding sessions, primary school curriculum coaching and disability sports sessions.

He has developed his communication skills and confidence since starting with the project and has a natural ability to relate to all children, making them at ease and supporting their development at sessions. Zubair said: “I’m really happy to have won. Seeing the great work of the other nominees I didn’t think I would! I’m very happy that I did, though, and grateful to staff at Pendle Leisure who voted for me.”

Sue Heritage, national programme manager for StreetGames Young Volunteers, said: “Zubair is dedicated, committed and has willingness to learn aspects of sport development.”