Holford Drive Receives Queen's Award
Posted: Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:20
The Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Beverley Lindsay OBE recently attended Holford Drive Community Sports Hub to officially handover the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.
Also in attendance from Birmingham City Council were the Lord Mayor Councillor Carl Rice, Councillor Waseem Zafar MBE and Councillor Paulette Hamilton.
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Services is the highest award given to volunteer groups and is the equivalent of an MBE. It is awarded to organisations who make an exceptional contribution to their local community.
Holford drive Community Sports Hub is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards given to groups this year is slightly higher than last year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.
The ground-breaking sports hub has enhanced the community by developing individuals using sport as the medium and regular attracts 600/800 young people a week. The hub, based in Perry Barr, is a major state-of-the-art leisure centre incorporating for four core sports; Aston Boxing Club, Holford Drive Tennis Club, Continental Star Football Club and Continental Cricket Club.
The Deputy Lieutenant, Beverley Lindsay said she was delighted to be in attendance to present the award on behalf of Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth: "It is an honour to be here to present this award to such a deserving winner.
"Holford Drive is for the community by the community and there are many people involved who regularly devote their time to help others and to improve the lives of those around them.
"This place brings together communities that in normal circumstances would not usually interact. It uses sport as the vehicle to break down barrier, proving that the power of sport can change lives."
The Lord Mayor, Councillor Carl Rice said that the Hub summed up everything that is great about Birmingham: "Having spent most of my career within the voluntary sector I passionate about shining a light on the excellent work that goes on in our city.
"Nothing illustrates what Birmingham is because of volunteers than this wonderful place. People go out of their way and above the call of duty to ensure that the local community is well engaged in not just sport and physical activity, but the social values that this can have to.
"People like Lincoln and the rest of the team at Holford Drive make this city what it is"
Mike Chamberlain, CEO at Sport Birmingham is delighted that Holford Drive have been recognised: "Holford Drive Community Sports Hub is run for the community by the community and here at Sport Birmingham we are pleased that they have been given this award as a recognition of their hardwork and determination for the good of their local community."