""I went along, got involved and that was it. For me cricket is a chance to play just like anyone else. It's a great escape and I've made some amazing friends""
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.