The Burngreave Collective have won the ‘Move More Sheffield Power of Sport Award’ at the Sheffield Celebration of Sport Awards 2018.
The ceremony was held last Thursday at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield, with big names such as Anthony Joshua and Jessica Ennis Hill in attendance.
Safiya Saeed, a community development worker at Burngreave, has ran projects around the Burngreave area for over two years.
Big Brother Burngreave is aimed at boys between 11-16 years old and was developed by Ms Saeed, who said: “This Project trains for leadership, anything to give them that empowerment to move forward in education or a job.”
The project received £500 funding from Yorkshire Sports, which has sustained them for a year and half, along with fundraising efforts from the members.
Ms Saeed said: “Why do vulnerable 11 year olds look for a mentor on the internet, on Instagram or on YouTube? When they could be looking for a mentor within their community.”
Ms Saeed also runs different community events in the area, including awareness around cancer and isolation, classes for Burngreave mothers, Somali mental health, the Reach Up project and boxing.
The Big Brother project has grown from 8 members to nearly 60, and they meet up at Verdon Recreation Centre in Burngreave every Saturday.
After winning the award, the Big Brother Project said they want to play 5-a-side football against other teams in the community.
Ms Saeed said “They want to play people of a different background, but who have the same principles, stereotypes and struggles. A community like this wants to help themselves by themselves. If we can’t be provided with resources we will just come up with our own, and that’s the great thing about Burngreave.”