Rashvin Ramanathas wins StreetGames Young Volunteer of the Year Award

Case Study

Rashvin Ramanathas, from Sunderland, has received a national award for his work as a volunteer coach. The coveted Young Volunteer of the Year Award 2023 was presented by StreetGames, a national sport charity that supports a network of more than 1,400 trusted community sports organisations across the country. It was awarded in honour of Rashvin’s outstanding volunteer work at Young Asian Voices (YAV), a multicultural youth and community project based in the city. .

 Rashvin joined the YAV at the age of 9 and has racked up over 400 hours in volunteering. Rashvin assists YAV staff and coaches in evening and weekend cricket teams with U9’s, U11’s and U13’s.  He has volunteered at every game, and has played a pivotal part, by using his skills to help and encourage others to progress, develop their cricket skills and become members of Wearmouth and YAV Cricket Club.

Rashvin has developed a strong reputation for team spirit and sportsmanship and has been a key player in encouraging female players to develop their cricket skills and grow.  Rashvin aspires to become a cricket coach and encourage marginalised underserved children and young people into sports. As well as sports, Rashvin’s journey has also helped him shine in other fields, as he also joined theatre and has performed in the national show ‘The Odyssey’ in Sunderland and represented the Sunderland cast at the London National Theatre

Shahzana Aslam from Young Asian Voices said:

“Rashvin’s unwavering patience when working with young people and his determination to succeed has not only helped him to flourish but has also had a positive impact on the young people he works with.  He creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere allowing young people to develop and grow their confidence.

Rashvin joined the YAV as a young shy 9-year-old wanting to make new friends but has flourished into an amazing young man influencing and developing young people.”

Mark Lawrie, Chief Executive of StreetGames, said:

“At StreetGames, we’re passionate about the power of volunteering and the difference it can make for young people. Getting involved and being part of something, particularly sport, gives young people the chance to build confidence, learn new skills and foster new relationships.

Rashvin’s story demonstrates the difference volunteering can make. His journey from a shy youngster to a pillar of his community and an ambassador for BAME engagement in the Arts is truly inspiring, and this award is richly deserved.”

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