Nahimul Islam from Tower Hamlets, London is to be recognised with a British Citizen Award Medal of Honour in recognition of their extraordinary endeavours. The British Citizen Award, in partnership with One Stop, is now in its fifth year and recognises exceptional individuals who positively impact their communities throughout the country.

7 years ago, at the age of 18, Nahimul launched his own football club to try and bring the community, particularly young people together. At the time being a student and working part time, he dedicated every spare hour to help young people become footballers and leaders. Initially self-funded, Nahimul started knocking on the doors of local shops and businesses to keep the club going.

Now 7 years later, Wapping FC is an active member organisation of the StreetGames network, with 50 volunteers and 150 members in the football club.

As the Director of Wapping Youth FC, all of Nahimul’s work is entirely voluntary. He has used his own funds at times to deliver specific unique projects, raising awareness of dementia and creating workshops locally on islamophobia, extremism and hate crime. The club also operates StreetGames’ Fit and Fed programme to ensure those that would normally receive school meals, have food at home during the holidays.

In 2018 he was chosen by the National Football Association to carry out the Community Shield at Wembley Stadium. This was also the year he received the National FA award for Young Volunteer of the Year.

Mark Lawrie, Chief Executive of StreetGames, said:

I’m absolutely thrilled for Nahimul and for Wapping Youth FC. The work he is doing to bring communities together and improve the lives of young people is truly inspiring and this award is richly deserved.

Organisations like Wapping Youth FC and the thousands of others within the StreetGames network have been at the frontline of supporting local communities through the challenges of the last year and their work is more important than ever. It’s a real privilege to work with incredible volunteers like Nahimul and I’m delighted to see his work recognised.’