StreetGames would like to offer its congratulations to James Threlfall, who was recently awarded an MBE as part of the 2019 New Year’s Honours List.

James, 25 from Devizes in Wiltshire, is one of the youngest individuals to have received the award, which dates back over 100 years to its creation in 1917. Like other recipients of the prize, James was noted for his exceptional dedication to community-facing work, which he delivers as part of the Active Wiltshire project – a StreetGames network member.

A true ‘self-starter’, James approached the Wiltshire Council at just 15 years old, offering his services in order to create more opportunities for local skaters. Soon, James and the council had put together the Wiltshire Skate Series (now in its tenth successful year), which were followed by key contributions to The Fifth Skate Park development in Melkshamb.

A member of the StreetGames Leadership Academy, James’ work had previously been recognised by the charity in 2017, when he and the council were awarded the ‘Investing in Youth Leadership’ prize at the StreetGames National Awards.

Commenting on this latest honour, James told the local Wiltshire Gazette & Herald: “This award was so unexpected, I didn’t even know I was nominated so when it came through in the post it was rather nice […] It’ll be nice to finally be able to tell everyone and celebrate!”

“I want this to be a team award as it’s not just me who does this work, it is very much a team effort and I want the whole team to be able to celebrate together.”

Well done James!

James (left) shows off his Streetgames Award, back in 2017