Crystal Palace FC Foundation coach Jamie Broughton has been recognised for his contribution to youth work by being awarded the Creating Chances ‘Young Person of the Year’ Award.
The award, presented at the London & Quadrant Housing Associations (L&Q) awards ceremony on Tuesday evening, is given to residents who make a positive contribution to their local community and neighbours.
Jamie was a successful graduate of L&Q’s Breaking Barriers programme, which was delivered in 2013 by the Crystal Palace FC Foundation, designed to address some of the social and cultural tensions in the borough.
Progressing from the programme, Jamie went on to volunteer with the Foundation and has since worked his way up to the role of Lead Coach and Community Development Assistant.
Now a FA Level 2 accredited coach, Jamie said: “I have changed my focus and outlook on life and now direct my energy into developing my career. By harnessing the skills I learnt on the programme I have become a successful and confident coach and have already achieved more than I thought I could a few years back.”
Commenting on his transition from participant to an employed member of staff, Community Development Manager Kelly Dummer said: “I have worked with Jamie for the past 18-months and it’s a joy to see his weekly progression. Jamie is an asset to the community team and thoroughly deserves this recognition.”
The Crystal Palace FC Foundation are running L&Q holiday programmes in Croydon throughout school holiday periods in 2015/2016, as part of the London-wide L&Q ‘One Goal’ programme, which includes structured sporting activities and training/volunteering opportunities. Please contact: KellyDummer@cpfcfoundation.org for more information.