Teacher nominated for Proud of Barnsley award
Friday 22nd August 2014
Harshad Kumar Patel, of Locksley Gardens, Birdwell, is a science teacher of 35 years and former director of Barnsley Black and Ethnic Minorities Initiative.
He has been nominated in the exceptional achievement category by his colleague Mirban Hussain, who said: "Harshad is not just a volunteer, but an essential asset, a leader and worker for the social cohesion of Barnsley’s black and ethnic minority communities.
"He has taken on voluntary roles with pride and selfless devotion."
Harshad started fundraising at the age of 13 in 1967 and has given up his valuable time over the years helping people fill in application forms, writing references, signing legal documents, representing parents at meetings and acting as mediator.
Mirban added: "He is one of those people that make you proud to be part of Barnsley. He is without doubt an exceptional person, who is constantly striving to reach the generic population of Barnsley.
"He continues to educate our local children and to teach them about fairness, respect and above all about how to be a good citizen."
Sports Team of the Year Sponsor
People’s Sport in Barnsley
Telephone: 01226 204409www.peoples-sport.com
People’s Sport in Barnsley is an exciting new project which aims to tell the story of the many thousands of people who have participated in sport in Barnsley over the years.
The project is focused particularly on Shaw Lane, which has been a centre for amateur sport since its completion in 1864 and has proven a popular venue for cricket, rugby, football, tennis, athletics, squash and several other sports.
The project’s aims are to establish a collection of memories and artefacts which can be used to preserve the sporting history of the site.
A website, www.peoples-sport.com, has already been launched and further memories, images and stories will be posted online.
Patrons for the organisation are MPs Dan Jarvis, Michael Dugher and Angela Smith, while Reds footballer Bobby Hassell and retired cricket umpire Dickie Bird are ambassadors.
Co-ordinator Dave Clayton said: “It’s an exciting project, and what’s particularly amazing is how much we’re discovering each week as we delve into the archives.
“There are so many people who have participated in sport in Barnsley and we want to celebrate that and record it in history.
“We’re privileged to sponsor the sports team category in the Proud of Barnsley awards. It means that as well as celebrating the great sporting history of this town, we can also honour what is happening in today’s generation.”
People’s Sport in Barnsley has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and work in close co-operation with Experience Barnsley.