Mahnoor is Wandsworth’s top young person

Published: Friday 15th May 15

A schoolgirl who has been a driving force in local girls’ football has won this year’s Wandsworth Young Person of the Year Award.

All the winners with Cllr Thom

Mahnoor Rauf helped establish a girls’ football project at the TRC Youth Club. She researched and presented a bid for funding to the Youth Opportunity Fund to cover the cost of equipment and running expenses and went on to captain the TRC Football Club Under 16 Girls.

Mahnoor (pictured right) has helped other young people, some with disabilities and learning difficulties, to complete their Level 1 Junior Sports Leaders’ courses. She has also assisted coaches with their Football Association Level 2 coaching course and organised a Level 1 coaching course for 24 young women.

“I’ve always had a really strong passion for football but I was also really inspired by the team GB women’s football team in the London Olympics in 2012,” she said. “Seeing the girls do well and players such as Kelly Smith and Stephanie Houghton play to the standard that they do really pushed me to continue playing football and improve provision for girls in my borough.”

In addition to the overall prize, trophies were handed out in five categories:

The Outstanding Achievement Award winner was Reiss Ormonde-Cunningham, who is a regional and county swimming champion and a winner at the London Schools Swimming Championship. Reiss is an excellent role model for all young people and a brilliant sportsman and ambassador for the borough.

The Overcoming Adversity Award winner was Callum Myles who overcame difficult circumstances to twice win the London Amateur Boxing Association championships.  Callum’s achievements were recognised last year in a Sky Sports documentary film about his boxing club called “Lodge Boys”.

Rotary Award for Contribution to the Community was won by Sophia Dinnall. Sophia is a young carer who still makes time to be fully involved at her school, raise money for charity, develop her talents as an artist and achieve highly academically.

The Wandsworth Community Safety Award went to Bailey Black. Bailey is an inspirational young leader and a role model for younger cadets in the Armed Cadets Force.

Group Award for Voluntary Work was won by Paddock School Metropolitan class. The class work in the school café where they prepare and cook soup and make sandwiches for sale.

The awards were presented by outgoing mayor Cllr Stuart Thom. He said: “It was truly inspirational to meet these young people and hear their stories. It’s heartening to know that the next generation of citizens of our borough are so talented, motivated and determined to succeed. I wish them all good luck with whatever they achieve in the future.”

The event is organised by the Young Person of the Year Trustees in conjunction with Wandsworth Council’s Youth Service and is funded by the Rotary Club, the Keen Group and Wandsworth Community Safety Trust.

Nominations for next year's award will open in early 2016. Check www.wandsworth.gov.uk/ypy nearer the time for details on how to enter.  

Find out more about what's on offer to young people in the borough by visiting www.wandsworth.gov.uk/youth.

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