Wapping Youth FC founder receives Diana Award

The chairman and founder of grassroots football club Wapping Youth FC has been recognised for his services to the community with a prestigious award created in memory of the Princess Diana.

Nahimul Islam founded the club 10 years ago with the aim of tackling a number of social issues, including breaking down cultural and gender barriers, and health problems such as obesity.

The 25-year-old recipient of The Diana Award is also being recognised for his volunteering efforts over the past decade. Since the age of 15, Nahimul has raised more than £25,000 for 25 charities, through a combination of fundraising football matches and running half marathons.

Nahimul told the East London Advertiser: “It is an absolute honour to be presented with The Diana Award in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales.

“I could never have imagined receiving this international accolade and I would like to dedicate this award to everyone who has stood by me and supported me in making a change to the lives of those around us.

“The last 10 years have not been an easy ride, but what I have learnt is that if you have the right intentions and the right level of resilience you will get through anything and everything.”

Nahimul is one of 16 London-based recipients of the accolade. Tessy Ojo, who is Chief Executive of The Diana Award charity, said: “We congratulate all our new Diana Award recipients who are changemakers for their generation.

“We know by receiving this honour they will inspire more young people to get involved in their communities and begin their own journey as active citizens.

“For over twenty years The Diana Award has valued and invested in young people encouraging them to continue to make positive change in their communities and lives of others.”

Find out more at wappingyouthfc.co.uk