Mr Anwar Khattak (31) of Birmingham received a British Empire Medal (BEM) for voluntary service to the Community. Away from his day job as a busy legal representative, Anwar is the inspiring figure behind Birmingham Youth Sport Academy (BYSA), a voluntary-run organisation promoting football in a bid to keep youngsters (aged 8-18) off the streets.
BYSA started out in a small park as a way of involving his nephews in sport. Their nephews invited friends along and within two months he had 30 children getting involved. Due to the increasing interest of this friendly weekend football club he officially founded BYSA in 2002 and moved from the park to Small Heath Leisure Centre. Today BYSA has over 150 registered members. BYSA also offers educational advice, mentoring and job-hunting tips. As a result of BYSA’s intervention many past members have now embarked on careers in sport. In 2011 he was awarded Volunteer of the Year, for the Birmingham region, at the FA Community Awards. Since BYSA’s inception he has trained over 1,000 youngsters from the deprived communities of Small Heath, Alum Rock and Sparkhill.
Anwar said: “I was not expecting this award and am still in shock for being recognised for the work I have done over the years. The years that I have spent offering voluntary service through sports and education has been a challenge but very enjoyable. I have lots of great memories but this award tops it off. I urge more people to get involved in voluntary work as it’s giving something back to your community and changing lives which is so rewarding in many ways.
I am a family man with four kids and work (Legal Representative) at a busy Law firm called K. Legal Solicitors in Birmingham, Alum Rock Road, my hobby and passion is in my free time for the BYSA and offer sports and education to the children of the community every weekend. This award is very special to me and will be for the rest of my life all praises to god seeing the good doings I have done, I urge more people to get involved within voluntary work as its giving something back to your community and changing lives which is rewarding in many ways in this life and the next, I thought of an idea and did it and now mashallah its a running success and will continue if im here or not as others have joined me over the years and have the same drive that I have. This award was not expected but I will say its a bonus and if I can do it anyone can. ”