Jameel Hadi to receive MBE

Monday 10 February 2014
Jameel Hadi

Jameel Hadi, Lecturer in Social Work, will receive an MBE from Her Majesty The Queen on Wednesday 12 February for services to young people in the North West.

Prior to joinging the University, Jameel headed up a community interest company called ‘Participation Through Sport (PTS)’. The group offered young people opportunities for personal development and, as it grew, they led and shaped its direction.

PTS trained young people to develop their leadership skills and grew into a number of community clubs for young people from 8 to 21 years, with the older children running activities for the younger ones.

By providing activities which enabled them to see the success of their own achievements, the young people developed confidence and grew in their relationships with one another.

Jameel said: “What was different about us was that it was the young people who owned the development of the community clubs. They decided what our aims should be and what we should offer, which gave our activities credibility with their peers. We planted the idea, but they took it and ran with it.”

PTS developed strong partnerships with national bodies such as the FA, British Judo, Affinity Sutton Housing Association and O2 Think Big. One of its most significant achievements was a film made by the young people called 'Listening to Children in Sport' which was endorsed by the FA, Sports Leaders UK and Safeguarding Boards.

Jameel is insistent that the commendation is recognition for the group as a whole. He said: “Obviously, I am very proud to be honoured in this way. But it’s the young people who helped this group flourish and this award is for them.”