Following the success of its young football team in an international football tournament in Cannes, Epic CIC is once again celebrating a sporting achievement after one of its staff was honoured by Kick It Out.
Mohammed Jama, Epic’s Youth Sports Co-ordinator, was presented with the Kick It Out Award for his exceptional contribution to grassroots and community activity in promoting equality and inclusion through his role as AFC Wembley Chair.
Kick It Out is a small, independent charity, which works throughout the football, educational and community sectors to challenge discrimination, encourage inclusive practices and campaign for positive change.
Mohammed received his award during an event designed to celebrate the valuable contribution that grassroots teams and volunteers make to the landscape of football, to conclude its second “Season of Action’. The event took place in the Learning Zone at Wembley Stadium, hosted by Troy Townsend, Kick It Out’s Education and Development Manager.
Also recognised during the evening were Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure and Lincoln Moses MBE.
Mohammed said receiving the award was a complete surprise and praised the team of volunteers that work with him every weekend.
He said: “I was absolutely honoured to have received this award. For me, working with young people on the sporting field is a passion. It is a privilege to watch them grow and develop their skills over time. Part of that development is learning about equality and inclusiveness and that is something we work hard to instil in them from the very beginning.
“There is so much work that people do that goes unnoticed, so seeing that Kick It Out have put this event on and recognised us as part of this work is great.”
Mohammed has recently returned from Cannes where he helped train Epic’s young football team to success after they came third in the annual International Football Tournament, hosted by AC Cannes.
Brendan O’Keefe, managing director of Epic CIC, said: “In his role at AFC Wembley and with us here at Epic Sport, Mohammed works tirelessly with young people, not only helping them to reach their potential on the football field, but also instilling in them a sense of pride and equality. We are incredibly proud of him for receiving this hugely-deserved award.”
Epic CIC is the UK’s first staff led youth mutual. Epic CIC was formerly the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Youth Service before becoming an independent entity on 1 January 2014.
Epic CIC delivers a comprehensive range of youth support services to children and young people up to the age of 19 and 25 for young people with a lifelong learning difficulty and/or disability (LLDD).