A young volunteer has reached the finals of the largest youth volunteering awards in the country.
Yakoob Seedat, 17, from Preston, who coaches children’s football and helps run a teenage youth club in the city, has been named as one of just three finalists in his category for the vInspired National Awards.
Yakoob said: “It’s such an honour to be named a national finalist.
“I don’t volunteer for recognition, but it’s great to know that people appreciate what I do.
“I hope that I can inspire other young people to volunteer and make a difference in their communities.
Yakoob was selected from hundreds of nominations to be named as a finalist in the ‘Best Young Volunteer’ category.
The teenager dedicates all Saturday, every Saturday to volunteering coaching children’s football in the mornings, running a ‘chill zone’ for kids age 5-10 in the afternoon and in the evenings he helps to run the teenage youth club in his area.
He says: “Volunteering has made me ready for the future.
“It’s made me more patient and tolerant.
“I really like to be able to give back to the kids in my community.
“I am the eldest of six kids, so it’s second nature to care for people.
“I like to hope I am making a difference no matter how small.”
Terry Ryall, vInspired CEO says: “The determination and selflessness Yakoob has demonstrated in his volunteering is truly inspirational. “
The overall winners will be announced at a ceremony in central London on March 26.