Young keeper scores a Jack Petchey Award

London Tigers Under-16s team celebrated the achievement of their goalkeeper Rezwanur Rahman, 15, who received a Jack Petchey Achievements Award for his outstanding contribution towards grassroots football and developing his team. Rezwanur received his certificate, a pin badge and a cheque for £200 to spend on the team as he wishes. The presentation ceremony took place at Westminster Academy on 16th May attended by his teammates and peers.

Training from a young age, Rezwanur has been dedicated, professional, kind and presentable. His skills in football have allowed his team to prosper and he is recognised as currently the most valuable player in the team. Along with his outstanding ability as a goal keeper, Rezwanur is also very supportive towards his team mates, in particular towards one of the team’s deaf members who he practically cares for and supports during sessions, taking upon himself to learn sign language to better support his teammate.

“He is developing faster than any young player and shows compassion and team spirit consistently,” said Coach Tariq Ellekhilifi. “He is a future for London Tigers’ first team and above all our Asian team, being of Bangladeshi descent. He is positive, reliable and polite.”

Rezwanur has developed himself into the peripherals of the first team and has also been accepted into the Watford Player Development Centre during a successful trial and will be playing and studying with them in the next two years.

“I’m very surprised but pleased that London Tigers has recognised my efforts, even though I was not expecting this,” said Rezwanur. “I’m really happy to share this with my team mates as they have helped me and supported me throughout. I will use the prize money to take the team out for a day of mountain biking.”

The Jack Petchey Foundation was established in 1999, and has since donated over £65 million to schools, clubs and organisations to help recognise the positive, inspiring and important contributions young people make to our society.

London Tigers under 16s team play in the Harrow Youth League.

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