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Children’s Champion

Children’s Champion

The success of Dearne and District Junior Football Club has rocketed since Antonio Jamasb took over six years ago.

He balances a full-time job and a family with three children but still finds the time to help a growing club of more than 300 kids, 70 coaches and dozens of additional volunteers.

He has secured funds for the club, the latest being a sponsorship deal from Aldi which has paid to provide more than 23 teams from under sevens to under 18s with a football kit.

Upon receiving his award, Antonio said: “I really didn’t think I stood a chance against the other two people in my category – they were amazing. I’m in shock. This isn’t just for me, it’s for the whole club. I couldn’t do it without everyone who helps me.

“Before the ceremony I was meant to be training the under 12s. They sent me a good luck video and I think they will be pleased for me. To be able to win is fantastic.”

This award will go to an individual who works tirelessly to inspire children and young people.

This person will be someone who has helped either one or a number of kids to go further, push harder and achieve more, providing the support they need to overcome life’s problems and barriers.

The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination.

  • What does this person do or say that is inspiring?
  • How has this person helped young people to achieve their goals and overcome any barriers?
  • Tell us how this person is a great advocate for youngsters and dispels any negative views held about of the youth of today?
  • What sort of extra things does this person organise or help do? How do they go the extra mile?
  • Has this person done something really special to help you or someone you know?

People nominated for this award could be youth workers, health workers, teachers, teaching assistants, a school nurse or social workers. They could even be a relative, friend or sports coach who has gone over and above what is expected to help children and young people.