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Not all heroes wear capes: Awards ceremony praises the unsung heroes from emergency services

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PROFESSIONAL PRAISE: Kirklees Prevention Officer, Mohammed Ali, was named as the recipient of the AFSA ‘Outstanding Endeavour’ award

PROFESSIONAL PRAISE: Kirklees Prevention Officer, Mohammed Ali, was named as the recipient of the AFSA ‘Outstanding Endeavour’ award

The annual Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA) awards returned to London this past weekend, where emergency services were commended for their efforts over the past 12 months.

Established to raise the profile of Asian staff in the fire and rescue service, the organisation now works alongside 29 stations across the UK as well as three non-FRS organisations.

The awards night commended people in eight different categories, from man and woman of the year, to awards for equality and leadership, with people from across the UK receiving awards.

Locally, Kirklees’ prevention officer and AFSA vice-chair, Mohammed Ali, was presented with the ‘Outstanding Endeavour’ award.

Speaking about the accolade, he said: “When I was told that I had won the award I was overwhelmed to be honest.

“As the vice-chair of the organisation, it came as a big surprise to me that I had even been considered. It was proud moment when I accepted the trophy on stage.”

CONGRATULATIONS: PC Amjad Ditta, Positive Action Co-ordinator with West Yorkshire Police, was highly commended in the ‘Positive Action’ category (pictured receiving his award from ex CFO Peter Dartford from Staffordshire FRS)

CONGRATULATIONS: PC Amjad Ditta, Positive Action Co-ordinator with West Yorkshire Police, was highly commended in the ‘Positive Action’ category (pictured receiving his award from ex CFO Peter Dartford from Staffordshire FRS)

The award is presented annually to an AFSA member who has gone ‘above and beyond’ their call of duty.

As well as promoting AFSA across the country, Mohammed’s work in Kirklees, raising the profile of the fire service in all communities, as well as his ongoing charity work, were highlighted as reasons for his selection.

“Just being a part of the awards was a privilege for me,” he added.

“During my time with AFSA, I have seen how much impact an organisation like this can have on the way we work.

“It has been great working alongside these members for the past three years and I have to thank them all for their continued support.”

Also representing Yorkshire at the awards ceremony was PC Amjad Ditta - Positive Action Co-ordinator with West Yorkshire Police  and Balvinder Singh Bains – Business Support Manager with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services.

The latter was nominated for the Outstanding Endeavour award, whilst PC Ditta was highly commended in the Positive Action category.

WINNER: Balvinder Singh Bains, Business Support Manager with WYFRS, was shortlisted in the ‘Outstanding Endeavour’ category

WINNER: Balvinder Singh Bains, Business Support Manager with WYFRS, was shortlisted in the ‘Outstanding Endeavour’ category

Previously speaking about what his role with the Force entails, PC Ditta said: “West Yorkshire Police will always be committed to bringing the best people into the service.

“However, the only way of doing this is by representing the community of which we serve. This isn’t the 1960’s or 70’s where the typical profile of the police was just white British.

“Today we have a number of ethnic minority communities in the region and people from EU countries. Only by recruiting different community representatives will we be able to learn.

“We do not have all the answers. We need to know if you go into a house, do you need to take your shoes off? We need to establish what cultural differences exist.

“That’s why we require a diverse workforce and that’s why this job is open to people of all backgrounds. It is the best job I’ve ever done.”

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Lord Mayor awards ‘exceptional’ school

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ACHIEVING: LM Cllr Carl Austin-Behan with Mohammed Jawad, a pupil from Crowcroft Park Primary

ACHIEVING: LM Cllr Carl Austin-Behan with Mohammed Jawad, a pupil from Crowcroft Park Primary

Manchester primary named in UK’s top 10 per cent

Children from a Crowcroft Park Primary School have had a special visit from Manchester’s Lord Mayor to congratulate them on their achievements.

The pupils from the Longsight primary school welcomed the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Carl Austin-Behan to a special assembly for improved writers on Monday 27th June.

During the assembly, the Lord Mayor presented the youngsters with special prizes to celebrate their achievements.

Crowcroft Park Primary school has been nationally recognised for its exceptional performance in 2015 by the Schools, Students and Teachers network (SSAT).

Students at the school have made significant progress in reading, writing and maths - with the school performing among the top 10 per cent of schools in the country.

Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Carl Austin-Behan said: “It was a pleasure to visit the school to meet with so many talented youngsters and reward them for their achievements.

“The enthusiastic staff are doing a magnificent job encouraging the children to work hard at their studies. Improving literacy matters for the future of our young people and also helps to create highly literate workforces and communities for the benefit of the city."

Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said: “It’s my great pleasure to commend on their excellent 2015 performance, and to have the opportunity to highlight Crowcroft Park Primary school and share their great work at the SSAT Educational Outcomes celebration event.”

She continued: “I have the privilege of visiting a lot of schools and I am always impressed by the creativity of teachers in engaging and inspiring their students.

“I hope that SSAT’s Educational Outcomes award will highlight the professionalism, commitment and hard work of the leaders, teachers and students at Crowcroft Park Primary school. Recognising and sharing successes like this is at the heart of SSAT’s mission, so I’m delighted to congratulate Crowcroft Park Primary school.” 

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A top citizen: Bradford man heads to the capital for awards ceremony

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DESERVED RECIPIENT: Ikram Butt (right) nominated Mohammed for the award

DESERVED RECIPIENT: Ikram Butt (right) nominated Mohammed for the award

A community stalwart from Bradford, who has dedicated over 25 years of his life to helping children in the city, has been awarded a British Citizen Award.

Forty-year-old Mohammed Amran was named as a recipient of the prestigious accolade just over a week ago and headed down to the House of Lords to collect his title on Thursday 7th July.

From being appointed as the country’s youngest commissioner on the Commission for Racial Equality, to establishing the Bradford Youth Development Partnership, his community work has spanned almost three decades.

Speaking of the award, Mohammed said: “When I received the letter I was honoured and really chuffed, not only because it recognises the hard work I have put in, but the people I work with as well.

“This award also recognises the achievements of all those who I have worked alongside or with over the years and would not have been possible without them.”

COMMUNITY ACTIVIST: Mohammed Amran was awarded a British Citizen Award for his work with young people in Bradford

COMMUNITY ACTIVIST: Mohammed Amran was awarded a British Citizen Award for his work with young people in Bradford

Despite a number of accomplishments in his life – which includes raising in excess of £500,000 for charities - Mohammed says ‘getting young people into training and employment’ remains his greatest satisfaction.

“To be able to see someone in professional employment today, who I helped get a job previously, makes me really proud and happy,” he added.

“Since hearing of my award, people who I have not spoken to for years have been in touch, so it has obviously been a very positive response.”

Mohammed was nominated by his long time friend, Ikram Butt, of whom he has worked with on a number of community projects in the past.

Describing Mohammed as a ‘pioneer for youth work’, Ikram explained why he put the nomination forward.

“First and foremost Mohammed really is a truly amazing individual and someone I would describe as a community activist who has gone beyond the call of duty to help people out,” Ikram said.

“The amount of work he has done in helping to bring communities together through a means of understanding and respect is second-to-none.”

There is one memory in particular that sticks out to Ikram, which he says helped shape the man into the ‘activist’ he is today.

“Going right back to the heights of the riots in Bradford, Mohammed brought together communities and despite only being a young adult, he showed maturity beyond his age,” he said.

“He was the go-between with the youth, police, faith and community leaders during the unrest and has continued to show leadership throughout his life.”

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TELEVISION TITANS: Leeds leads the way in RTS Yorkshire awards

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TEAM EFFORT: (l-r) Tarun Bhartiya, Steven Shone, Gerry Troyna, Ian Pinder and Martin John Harris

TEAM EFFORT: (l-r) Tarun Bhartiya, Steven Shone, Gerry Troyna, Ian Pinder and Martin John Harris

A host of Leeds Beckett University staff and alumni are celebrating after winning two gongs at the 2016 annual Royal Television Society (RTS) Yorkshire awards.

Documentary series, India’s Frontier Railways, which features the work of several Leeds Beckett graduates and staff, brought home the awards for ‘Professional Excellence: Post-Production’, and for ‘Director-Factual’ for the programme, The Last Train in Nepal.

India’s Frontier Railways was produced by Gerry Troyna, who studied Film at Leeds Beckett’s predecessor institution, Leeds College of Art and then Leeds Polytechnic, graduating in 1971.

Associate Producer, Jenny Troyna, was a Leeds Polytechnic Illustration student also graduating in 1971. The series was recently broadcast as part of the BBC India season.

Gerry Troyna is an award-winning filmmaker who has been making films and documentaries for over 30 years for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and broadcasters around the world. These include two award-winning investigations for Panorama – Secrets of Seroxat and The Corruption of Racing.

INDIVIDUAL AWARD: Tarun Bhartiya won the best director award at the Royal Television Society Yorkshire Awards last week for his documentary, India’s Frontier Railways

INDIVIDUAL AWARD: Tarun Bhartiya won the best director award at the Royal Television Society Yorkshire Awards last week for his documentary, India’s Frontier Railways

Speaking about the awards, he said: “I was surprised and delighted that India's Frontier Railways won two of the three awards we were nominated for.

“Tarun Bhartiya - who flew in from India for the ceremony - was the winner of the Best Director award; and we also won the Best Post-production award - so it was a very enjoyable evening.  

“I am very proud that all of the hard work by the team has been recognised by the RTS; so a big thank you to all of them and to the RTS.”

The list of Leeds Beckett graduates working on the series is extensive: two of the three films in the series were edited by Martin John Harris, Head of Documentary at the Northern Film School; and Director and Cameraman, Rajesh Shinde, is a 2012 MA Filmmaking graduate.

The editor of the Pakistan film, Stephen Shone, graduated in 1987 with a degree in Film; and both the Producer of the Pakistan film, Shamraiz Younis, and Post-Production Supervisor, Ian Pinder, graduated with a BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production in 2004 and 2010 respectively.

Gerry added: £Rajesh has worked with me for over a decade on my films in India and I was delighted when he came to Leeds Becket University to do his MA.

“Ian came recommended by Martin and we subsequently travelled across the USA in a Winnebago for the award-winning documentary, American Nomads.

“On India’s Frontier Railways, Ian was in charge of post-production. Ben Perez and Ben Sayers were both looking for work experience and were also recruited through Martin.

“Working on a documentary series such as this involves a lot of editing time: with crews in four countries, there were a thousand hours of rushes.”

The RTS Yorkshire Awards celebrate excellence in production across all platforms.

From traditional television output, such as documentary and drama, through to news and current affairs, and the latest cutting edge formats, animation and multi-platform.

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Inspirational father seeks closure over son’s murder

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WINNER: Tariq receives his ‘Celebrating Success’ Award from Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council

WINNER: Tariq receives his ‘Celebrating Success’ Award from Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council

‘Celebrating Success’ Awards recognise charity work of the Haroon Jehan Foundation

A man whose son was killed in the Winson Green riots in Birmingham was honoured with the ‘Special Initiative Award’ at the 6th Annual Hamara Awards, hosted at the Aagrah Midpoint in Bradford.

Tariq Jehan, aged 50, has an online petition that has gathered nearly 18,000 signatures, and demands that the Home Secretary set up a public inquiry to re-examine the police investigation into the murders of his son, Haroon Jehan - and  two other men called Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir - in the riots of August 2011.

Mr Jehan wants a public enquiry so that answers can be provided to the families and to ensure that those responsible for the unlawful killings are brought to justice, as no-one has yet been convicted for the crimes as the trial collapsed.

The inquiry has since been backed by Prince William and Prime Minister David Cameron has previously invited him to Downing Street for talks about the situation.

Since the tragic event happened, Mr Jehan has become an inspiration to the community after taking part in charity work in Syria and the Greek island of Lesbos. He has also set up a charity in his son’s name: the Haroon Jehan Foundation.

During his award speech, Mr Jehan said: “Four years on, who am I but a father, who was a simple lorry driver. Then we had the riots, I lost my son and now I go around the world helping people.”

HAPPINESS: Tariq celebrating with Hanif Malik, CEO of the Hamara Centre

HAPPINESS: Tariq celebrating with Hanif Malik, CEO of the Hamara Centre

He continued: “I thought there couldn’t be anything more painful than losing a child. But a charity organization brought me to Syria in 2012 and I saw it with my own eyes.

“I picked up children whose limbs had been blown off and took them to hospital. One little girl who had lost her arm thought I was an angel.”

Mr Jehan went on to say that the media only tells part of the story and that the public sees just half of the suffering that takes place.

He finished off his speech by emphasising: “We are one big family.”

Hamara Community Awards branded this year's event as ‘Celebrating Success’. The awards aim to recognise the contribution of individuals or groups who continue to have a positive influence on the region.

Joined on the night were representatives of high profile sports teams, such as the Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire County Cricket Club. The winning individuals received their accolades in front of a packed audience.

 

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‘Celebrating Success’: Sixth annual Hamara Awards recognise Yorkshire’s finest

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WINNERS: The Celebrating Success award recipients

WINNERS: The Celebrating Success award recipients

Yorkshire’s unsung heroes were propelled into the spotlight last week as the Hamara Awards returned for a sixth year to commend the county’s community stalwarts.

Hamara Community Awards branded this year's event as  – ‘Celebrating Success’, and once again aimed to recognise the contribution of individuals or groups who continue to have a positive influence on the region.

SPORTS: Yorkshire CCC and Leeds Rhinos were presented with special awards for their sporting success over the previous season

SPORTS: Yorkshire CCC and Leeds Rhinos were presented with special awards for their sporting success over the previous season

Joined by representatives of high profile sports teams, such as Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds Rhinos, individuals received their accolades in front of a packed audience at Aagrah Midpoint.

Habib Khan, speaking on behalf of the event organisers, said he wanted to make the night the ‘biggest yet’.

“When we were organising this year’s awards, we knew we had to make it bigger than any of its predecessors,” he said.

“With so much happening in Yorkshire right now, from the sport teams’ successes in cricket and rugby, to the opening of The Broadway Shopping Centre, the opening of the New John Lewis Centre in Leeds, White Rose Shopping Centre opening a new Cinema Complex in 2016  and the Capital of Culture Bid for Leeds, we decided to theme the event as the ‘Celebrating Success’.

“Every winner thoroughly deserved their award on the night.”

Amongst the entertainment on show were Bollywood dancers, previous Hamara Award winner Bethany Hare, and a young 10-year-old performer.

Guests also witnessed a specially organised boxing match between guests, Ikram Butt and Starr Zaman, who were themselves surprised on the night with the activity.

SPORTS: Yorkshire CCC and Leeds Rhinos were presented with special awards for their sporting success over the previous season

SPORTS: Yorkshire CCC and Leeds Rhinos were presented with special awards for their sporting success over the previous season

“The awards were our most successful yet and guests certainly enjoyed themselves as well as the award winners,” Habib added.

“A big thank you must go out to all those who helped make the night possible this year.”

Six main awards were handed out including the: Women’s Achievement Award (Halima Khan), Community Organisation of the Year (LASSN), Young Person (Maryam Ali), Service to the Community (Caroline Whitehead), Lifetime Achievement (Gurdev Dahele) MBE, and Special Initiative (Haroon Jehan Foundation).

Sponsors of this year’s event included: Asian Express newspaper, ITC, White Rose Shopping Centre, South Leeds Academy, Yorkshire CCC and Islamic Relief. We Look forward to Hamara Community Awards 2016.

TALENTED: Mohammed Sabir, from Aagrah, receives a Celebrating Success award for 30-years of business from Hamara’s Mohammed Farouk

TALENTED: Mohammed Sabir, from Aagrah, receives a Celebrating Success award for 30-years of business from Hamara’s Mohammed Farouk

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MOBO Awards overtakes Leeds: Grime takes centre stage

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HOST: Leeds hosted the 20th edition of the MOBO awards last week

HOST: Leeds hosted the 20th edition of the MOBO awards last week

GRIME: Stormzy was named Best Male Act and Best Grime Act

GRIME: Stormzy was named Best Male Act and Best Grime Act

Leeds’ inaugural hosting of the annual MOBO Awards finally arrived last week, and what better way to mark the 20th anniversary than with the biggest and best event to date.

Held at the landmark First Direct Arena, thousands of fans packed inside the stadium to see Grime artist, Stormzy, walk home with two major awards, and rap duo, Krept and Konan, also pick up a double victory.

Stormzy, from London, was acknowledged with the Best Grime Act accolade and Best Male Act, beating the likes of Mark Ronson and Skepta to the latter.

It is the second year in a row that the 22-year-old has been named as the number one grime act on a night where grime came to the forefront of the music industry.

Meanwhile, Krept and Konan received their Best Hip-Hop act and Best Album trophies, telling newsbeat, all the work was certainly worthwhile.

SINGER: Ella Eyre was named Best Female Act

SINGER: Ella Eyre was named Best Female Act

Karl ‘Konan’ Wilson said: “It's been a long year. We've been touring doing shows here and there.

“There have been headaches, ups and downs but we're here now with awards to show for the hard work we've done.”

RAP: Krept and Konan scooped the Best Hip-Hop act and Best Album awards

RAP: Krept and Konan scooped the Best Hip-Hop act and Best Album awards

Meanwhile, Ella Eyre was named as the 2015 Best Female Act and Drake scooped the Top International Act award.

It was a special night for Cee-Lo Green and Lenny Henry, who both received special awards to commend their work in music and further afield.

Green, who is best known for his work with Gnarls Barkley and chart topping single, Forget You, received the Outstanding Achievement Award.

Speaking after the ceremony, he said: “I am honoured by this acknowledgement, especially so young in my career. And it is all the incentive anyone would need to continue doing what I love.”

Henry, who received a ‘Paving the Way’ award from Great British Bake Off’s own Nadiya Hussain, said: “It's an honour to say you've paved the way for people because my career isn't over. I don't feel like anything's finished yet.

“It's a huge honour. I'm very, very happy. It's wonderful.”

There were also wins on the night for FKA Twigs (best video), Section Boyz (best newcomers), Skepta (best song), Popcaan (best reggae act), Fuse ODG (best African act) Shakka (best RNB/Soul act), Faith Child (best gospel act), and Binker and Moses (best jazz act).

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Ten years of Outreach: Awards night commends community champions

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WINNER: Mohammed Sharif was presented with the ‘Superman Award’ for his mountain climbing exploits, pictured here on top of the 3,482m high Mulhacén in Spain

WINNER: Mohammed Sharif was presented with the ‘Superman Award’ for his mountain climbing exploits, pictured here on top of the 3,482m high Mulhacén in Spain

People across Yorkshire and Lancashire have been celebrating the tenth anniversary of an inspirational education and outreach project based in the Yorkshire Dales with their first awards night.

‘The People and the DALES’ project is run by local charity, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT), and provides life-changing opportunities for disadvantaged people to experience the health and well-being benefits of spending time outdoors in the countryside

Since 2005, more than 7,600 people have enjoyed 587 events in the Yorkshire Dales countryside, including nature discovery walks, farm visits, conservation work and crafts.

An event was held at the Great Victoria hotel in the centre of Bradford to celebrate the landmark anniversary of People and the DALES and the achievements of the project so far.

Amongst the winners on the night was Mohammed Sharif from the Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Support Unit of the NHS, who was presented the ‘Superman Award’.

TEAM: The People and the DALES award winners

TEAM: The People and the DALES award winners

The tireless trekker was chosen for his ‘super-human’ efforts scaling hills and mountains across the UK and in Europe, following his introduction to Ingleborough through People and the DALES.

Meanwhile, Kamran Yunis was handed the ‘New Communities’ award for his dedicated work, reaching out to a wide range of community groups across Bradford by sharing what he has learnt through People and the DALES to motivate and inspire others.

Dave Tayler, YDMT Deputy Director, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped us reach this fantastic milestone of ten amazing years of People and the DALES.

“At the celebration event we heard some emotional stories, shed a few tears and had a lot of laughs...it was an inspirational day spent with some great friends.

“We also looked ahead to the future and exciting plans to develop this work in new areas to help support many more disadvantaged people.”

The celebration was attended by many of the inspirational people that have helped make the project a success, and some of the people whose lives have been influenced by this work.

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An ‘Inspirational performance’

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CHAMP: Gymnast Rebecca Downie won Gold in both the European and Commonwealth Games last year, and picked up the Sporting Equals Sportswoman of the Year Award

CHAMP: Gymnast Rebecca Downie won Gold in both the European and Commonwealth Games last year, and picked up the Sporting Equals Sportswoman of the Year Award

BEDSAs hailed a huge success

The inaugural British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSA) finally took place last weekend in Coventry, as some of the country’s top sporting talents premiered on the red carpet.

Amongst them, was Leeds’ own, Ali Jawad, who was nominated for the Inspirational Sports Performance of the Year award, alongside fellow Yorkshireman, Qais Ahfaq, and sitting volleyball star, Netra Rana.

Jawad had a year to remember in 2014, picking up Bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and Gold in the World Championships in Dubai.

INSPIRING: Ali Jawad was awarded the Inspirational Sports Performance of the Year award at the first ever BEDSA night last weekend

INSPIRING: Ali Jawad was awarded the Inspirational Sports Performance of the Year award at the first ever BEDSA night last weekend

Having been born without legs, his ambition is to become the first person who suffers from Crohns disease to win a Gold medal at the Paralympics in power-lifting.

His latest award was not a medal, but a welcome trophy, as he picked up the BEDSA accolade for his remarkable past 12 months.

Tweeting from the live event, he wrote: “Honoured to have won        the @uk_sport inspirational performance of the year at the @BEDSAofficial what a great night!”

The prestigious awards, voted on by the public, were attended by a host of other sporting legends and stars including Olympic heptathlon Gold medallist Denise Lewis and World and Olympic Champion, Christine Ohuruogu.

Other winners on the night included cricketer, Moeen Ali, who won the highly contested Lycamobile Sportsman of the Year category, and gymnast Rebecca Downie, European and Commonwealth Gold Medallist 2014, who won the Sporting Equals Sportswoman of the Year Award.

Moeen’s father, Munir Ali, picked up the award on his son’s behalf having been a mentor and inspiration throughout his life and cricketing career.

He said: “It was a real honour to pick up this award on behalf of my son. As a British Asian and a Muslim I know how much this award means to him. But for Moeen its always been about the cricket and I'm so glad that his current century has really helped to inspire the English team to raise their game.”

Other winners included Chris Powell for the FA Coach of the Year category and Denise Lewis, who was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award for her contribution to sport during her lifetime.

Arun Kang, the Chief Executive of Sporting Equals said: “The awards mark a key milestone in the sporting calendar. The calibre of the award winners voted for by thousands of people highlights the contribution that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic sports people are making to the world of sport.

“These awards have helped drive our new Future Champions programme which helps rising stars with the support, education and mentoring they need to succeed.

“By working closely with community projects and professional sports clubs, we will continue to increase diversity in sport and drive participation rates.”

 

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Yorkshire’s Sporting Talent

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Local sporting stars up for inaugural awards

Two of Leeds’ most promising sporting talents lead the way in this year’s Inspirational Performance of the Year category in the first ever British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSAs).

BOXER: Qais Ashfaq has been nominated for the Inspirational Performance of the Year award, alongside weightlifter, Ali Jawad

BOXER: Qais Ashfaq has been nominated for the Inspirational Performance of the Year award, alongside weightlifter, Ali Jawad

Bantamweight boxer, Qais Ashfaq, and weightlifter, Ali Jawad, are amongst almost 20 nominees across all awards who are commended for their efforts in 2014.

Unlike some award ceremonies which look to congratulate elite sporting achievement, the BEDSAs recognise participation at a grass roots level and the people who behind the scenes have made it possible for sports stars to compete at the highest level.

21-year-old Ashfaq clinched Silver at his Commonwealth Games debut in Glasgow, whilst also picking up gold at the ABA’s for a second time.

He is joined in the category by Jawad, who also registered a stellar year, picking up a Bronze in Glasgow, and breaking World Records.

Nitin Ganatra opened the voting for the awards on Monday 26th January, with the final ceremony set to take place at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on 21st February.

Speaking about the awards, he said: “It gives me great pleasure to open the voting for the first ever black and minority ethnic sports awards, known as the Lycamobile British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards or BEDSAs.

“Sport plays an incredibly important part in our national life and I was honoured when the BEDSA organisers approached me to host the awards.

“There are 10 categories in the awards from Young Sports Person of the Year to Lifetime Achievement and we would welcome votes in each of them.

“So please go to www.bedsa.co.uk to find out more about each nominee.”
Other notable local nominees include Nicola Adams, nominated for Sportswoman of the Year, and Huddersfield Town manager, Chris Powell, in the Coach of the Year category.

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British Curry Awards 2014 celebrates ten years of honouring excellence in the UK Curry Industry

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FINE FOOD: Founder of the British Curry Awards Enam Ali MBE and PM David Cameron tuck in

FINE FOOD: Founder of the British Curry Awards Enam Ali MBE and PM David Cameron tuck in.

Tenth Anniversary award ceremony pays homage to the unsung heroes behind the UK’s favourite dish

The UK’s favourite cuisine will once again be celebrated at the milestone, tenth-anniversary British Curry Awards on Monday 1st December 2014.

The industry at large, foodies, celebrities, MP’s and dignitaries will collectively pay homage to the nation’s finest curry restaurants at one of the most lauded events of the UK hospitality sector, taking place at Battersea Evolution, London.

As well as being a lucrative mainstay of the economy, the industry has embedded itself in the social, cultural and culinary fabric of the UK, with approximately 25million curries being consumed each week.

As a result, British Curry Awards, which this year celebrates its tenth anniversary, has become a key fixture on the UK social calendar, celebrating the achievements of the nation’s most popular culinary genre.

A pioneer in the UK catering and hospitality sector, British Curry Awards has been lauded as a national institution in its own right – the first and landmark event to celebrate the industry’s achievements.

The event is eagerly anticipated annually by the industry and restaurateurs alike, with winning restaurants realising lifetime dreams through being awarded.

As Prime Minister David Cameron said at the event last year: “These awards have become a fixture in our national life. They are, as I put it, the Oscars of British Curry.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to all of you who work in this great industry – 10,000 restaurants up and down our country, three and a half billion pounds worth of turnover, two and half million customers every week. I reckon that is about 31 million chutney trays, 62 million naan breads, 160 million poppadoms. As we say in Westminster, a light lunch!

“Everything this industry does, everything we're celebrating tonight, comes back to one thing, its values.

“As prime minister you get to go to quite a few industry dinners but there aren’t many where you feel quite as much pride as at this one. So from the bottom of my heart let me say thank you for everything you give to our country.”

The nomination process invites members of the public to put forward their favourite Indian eatery for a deserving accolade.

This year, a phenomenal 200,000 public nominations have been received via post, app and online, from diners nominating their favourite curry restaurants, with 2,641 restaurants being nominated.

It is stated that a curry remains the favoured choice of takeaway across the nation, overtaking stalwarts such as a Chinese or Italian. Its value is reflected by the Best Delivery Restaurant / Takeaway Award, in association with Just Eat, the online takeaway ordering service.

Each year British Curry Awards also presents the Special Recognition Award to an influential culinary personality, with past winners including Atul Kochar. Madhur Jaffrey, Cyrus Todiwala OBE, Anjum Anand, Heston Blumenthal OBE, Shelim Hussain MBE and Mohammed Aslam MBE.

The British Curry Awards was established by British entrepreneur and restaurateur Enam Ali MBE who founded the event in 2005.

He has been tirelessly promoting the British curry industry globally for the past 30 years. In speaking about the event, he says: “The industry continues to contribute a phenomenal amount to the UK economy despite the challenges it still faces in terms of staffing issues derived from immigration policy.

“But as Prime Minister David Cameron himself addressed at the event last year, he recognises the commitment that needs to be made to this lucrative industry as we collectively go from strength to strength in the face of adversity As they say, curry was born in India but has been made great in Britain.”

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