YOUNGSTERS got a real kick out of awards designed to celebrate their part in a successful Sheffield community project.
The Sheffield United Kickz project provides activities for more than 600 young people aged 12 to 19 in the Sharrow and Broomhall areas.
It offers them the chance to get involved in sports, volunteering, educational courses, youth clubs and dance.
An awards night for teenagers and volunteers who made the initiative tick over the last year was held at The Hub on Sitwell Road in Sharrow.
Blades star Stephen Quinn gave Outstanding Participation Awards to Ellie Harrison, Jasmine Mcanuff, Kabir Khan and Reece Clarke, while team mate Mark Yeates presented Volunteer of the Year accolades to Amelia Ellaway-Fido and Mohammed ‘Smokey’ Kabadeh.
Mohammed will now attend the National Kickz Awards at Aston Villa’s stadium later this month after being chosen as Sheffield United’s representative for the event.
Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Alan Law presented participation awards to 16 girls and boys.
Awards for the Most Inspiring Male and Female were presented by former Premier League referee Uriah Rennie to Dominic Lowman and Queen Uwacu.
The Partner of the Year Award was presented to the Football United Racism Divides group by the club’s chairman Chris Steer and United’s head of community Sue Beeley.
Wayne Allen achieved the Staff Member of the Year award after showing significant dedication to his football coach and youth worker role.
Sue said: “The awards were a fantastic success and highlighted everyone’s achievements. The ceremony also gives youngsters something to aim for and there was a real sense of achievement.
“The project has been running since 2007 and has become a hugely important community initiative. We feel it is no coincidence that crime and anti-social behaviour in the area has reduced.”