The whole StreetGames team were saddened to hear of the recent passing of Kevin Jenkins OBE, a lifelong campaigner and a passionate advocate for community sport in his home of Newham.

Kevin was an absolute believer in the power of Doorstep Sport and dedicated his life to ensuring children, young people and families’ had the opportunity to play sport and be more active to improve their quality of life.

Through his work with Community Links and Ambition Aspire Achieve (AAA), Kevin transformed the lives of thousands of young people over an extraordinary 44-year career.

StreetGames pays tribute to Kevin’s incredible legacy, and our thoughts are with everyone connected to Community Links & AAA and who have had the pleasure or knowing and working with Kevin over the years.

He truly was an inspirational man who did so much for so many in his home borough of Newham (where he was also a councillor for 22 years), that his influence and contribution to the lives of thousands of children, young people and families can not be underestimated.

StreetGames founder and vice-president Jane Ashworth OBE said:

“Kevin was a community champion in the truest sense. He was clear-eyed about the challenges Newham faced and fought every day to make things better. His work over the span of 44 years has made an unbelievable difference to the lives of countless young people.

A lifelong West Ham fan, Kevin’s passion for sport extended to realising the power sport has to change lives and give young people the chance to better themselves and to live healthier and more successful lives. His legacy lives on in the incredible work of the organisations he helped to create, Community Links and Ambition Aspire Achieve (AAA), and we take comfort from knowing that the young people of Newham will continue to benefit from Kevin’s hard work and vision.”

Norman Turner, StreetGames vice president and someone who knew Keven for many years, praised his dedication as a community leader:

“Kevin was a truly dedicated community leader and activist in his own right and a catalyst who inspired action in countless others.  His natural warmth and humanity were matched by a steely determination and energy to secure benefits for the community he loved and which played such an important role throughout his life.  Kevin was a genuine one-off who will be sorely missed but he leaves a lasting legacy.”