Bashir Jabbarkhail from Thetford wins recognition at national awards

Bashir Jabbarkhail from Thetford wins recognition at national awardsBashir  Jabbarkhail  from  Thetford  won  the  Street  Participant  of  the  Year  Award  at  the   Chance  to  Shine Awards  on  Wednesday  20  November.          

14  year-­‐old  Bashir  is  a  participant  and  junior  coach  at  Thetford  Street  Project  having  arrived   in  England as  a  refugee  from  Afghanistan.  Jabbarkhail  was  recognised  for  his  commitment   and  passion  for  cricket and  received  his  award  from  Ryan  Sidebottom  at  Lord’s  Cricket   ground.            

WATCH  HERE  TO  SEE  WHY  BASHIR  WON  THE  STREET  PARTICIPANT  OF  THE  YEAR  AWARD:

   
https://youtu.be/HblGD7E1UV8

The  judging  panel  noted  that  Bashir’s  transition  from  his  difficult  past  to  a  confident  young   member  of his  local  community  is  incredibly  inspiring.  Speaking  no  English  when  he  arrived   in  the  UK  earlier  this year  and  with  no  friends  or  family,  Bashir  found  a  connection  to  the   community  through  playing  cricket. Soon  after  joining  the  free  session  that  runs  at  Thetford   Academy,  Bashir  asked  coach  Mick  Piggott  if he  could  help  out  as  a  coach.  He  is  a  valued   member  of  Thetford  Street  Project  and  is  committed  to helping  other  children  to  develop   their  cricket  skills.          

The  Chance  to  Shine  Annual  Awards,  supported  by  NatWest,  celebrates  clubs,  individuals   and  schools who  help  to  spread  the  power  of  cricket  and  make  the  charity  such  a   success.  National  charity  Chance to  Shine  has  been  working  since  2005  to  deliver  cricket   coaching  sessions  in  state  schools  and disadvantaged  communities.  Over  the  years,  the   charity  has  reached  more  than  four  million  young people,  46%  of  whom  are  girls,  in  over   16,000  state  schools  across  the  country.          

After  receiving the  award  Bashir’s  coach,  Mick  Piggott  said  “It  is  wonderful.  I’ve  seen  the   transition  and I’ve  seen  him grow.  He’s  put  all  those  horrors  to  one  side  and  embraced  what   he’s  got  now  and passes  all  that enthusiasm  and  encouragement  onto  others.  He  is  a  real   inspiration  and  I  am  so proud of  him.”        

12  year-­‐old  Teddy  who  also  plays  at  the  sessions  along  side  Jabbarkhail  said  “Bash  is   inspirational. When  you’re  down  he  just  comes  and  cheers  you  up.”        

Retired  England  fast-­‐bowler  Ryan  Sidebottom,  who  attended  the  event  said  “Bashir  is  an   amazing example  of  what  the  power  of  cricket  can  do  for  children  and  young  people   and  he  should  be incredibly  proud  of  this  accolade.    

“It’s  been  an  incredibly  inspiring  evening,  hearing  all  about  the  amazing  work  that  is   happening  around the  country  through  Chance  to  Shine.  2019  has  been  the  most   phenomenal  year  of  cricket  in  this country  at  all  levels  and  this  evening  has  topped  it  off.”        

Laura  Cordingley,  Chief  Executive  at  Chance  to  Shine,  added,  “On  behalf  of  Chance  to  Shine,   I’d  like to  congratulate  Bashir  for  his  commitment  to  playing  and  coaching  cricket.  He  is  a   shining  example  of the  impact  that  cricket  can  have  on  children  and  young  people  across   the  country  and  we  are  so proud to  celebrate  his  achievement.”        

“At  Chance  to  Shine  we  will  continue  to  work  to  support  children  and  young  people  to  play,   learn  and develop  through  cricket  and  we’re  so  grateful  to  have  the  support  of  key  partners   the  England  & Wales Cricket  Board,  Sport  England  and  NatWest.  Their  support  is  crucial  to   ensuring  that  we  reach  over  half a  million  children  every  year.”        

Find  out  more  at  chancetoshine.org      

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