Tottenham Hotspur Foundation volunteer Jamie Heaton was recognised for his outstanding contribution and commitment to the work that he does at the recent Torch Trophy Trust Awards.
He has been volunteering within the Equalities and Inclusion Department at the Foundation for two and a half years. During this time, Jamie has completed over 500 hours of voluntary support. He volunteers on a wide range of inclusive projects supporting the delivery of multi-sports sessions within many local special schools. Jamie also volunteers at a local community club, helping to build the confidence of young people with autism.
At a young age, Jamie suffered a head injury that has left him with a learning disability as a result. It is this disability that has motivated Jamie to inspire others and commit his time to Foundation projects. Jamie acts as a role model to the young people he works with as he demonstrates what can be achieved within sport, regardless of a disability.
Jamie has successfully completed FA level 1 coaching courses in football, cricket, and basketball, as well as completing his Community Sports Leader Award.
Gareth Jones, Reach 2 Teach Coordinator at Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, works closely with Jamie and said: "We are all thrilled with the progress that Jamie has made over the last two and a half years. He has worked with a number of Foundation staff and has been mentored through different areas of work.
"Jamie has made, and continues to make, a huge difference to many young people across a range of Foundation projects. Jamie adds value to the inclusive projects that he is part of and he has been able to demonstrate how important it is to be inclusive both in and out of sports sessions."
The Torch Trophy Trust Awards are presented annually to nominations from Sports Governing Bodies, including non-disabled and disabled and Youth Organisations, to recognise grassroots voluntary work for sport in clubs and community initiatives.
The awards were presented by the Duke of Gloucester in the presence of Sir Bobby Charlton, president of the Torch Trophy Trust.
The Trust, founded in 1962, is a charitable organisation, whose main aim is to encourage voluntary work in sport and other related outdoor activities within local communities.
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