"I just want to say what a great day it was at the National Street20 finals. You had over 200 kids from all over the uk engaging in sport in a safe environment, & thanks for inviting me to give a talk about drugs & knife crime. Since then I've had some really positive messages from the youngters on my web site . I also think what you are doing is fantastic as your giving these kids the opportunity to play sport and be educated at the same time and i am sure between us we changed some lives and pointed alot of them in the right direction P.S Didn't see 1 unhappy face all day the whole place was full of smiles ."
Inspirational Matiullah is the Spirit of London
Oct 19, 2012
The inspirational and dedicated work of Cricket for Change's, Matiullah Haidar continues to grow as he has been nominated for a 2012 'Spirit of London Award' for 'Achievement in Sports'.
The Spirit of London Awards are run by the Damilola Taylor Trust, with the purpose of recognising and highlighting the achievements of the positive things young people do that largely goes unreported. This in turn creates real life positive role models for other young people that they can aspire to. The awards were developed by young people in 2008, the first awards ceremony took place at Alexandra Palace in 2009 on the anniversary of Damilola’s murder.
In 2012 they will be at the O2 Arena, Greenwich in November and in front of an audience of over 10,000 people. Click here for more on the 'Spirit of London Awards'.
Matiullah’s dedication to helping others and his sheer hard work has made it possible for many others to make progress in their own lives. He is kind, modest and incredibly grounded and one would struggle to meet another more deserving winner of this award and the achievements he has accomplished.
Matiullah’s selfless work has already been deservedly rewarded this year as the winner of 'Generation Ali Award', by Beyond Sport and named as 'Young Volunteer of the Year' by Surrey Cricket CCC local Natwest OSCA's which led him to being nominated for a National OSCA.
To view details of Matiullah's nomination, download the pdf below.