Handsworth youngsters' football club shortlisted for best citizens' fund award project
Diamond Academy, a football club that brings together children
from different backgrounds, has been shortlisted for the West
Midlands Outstanding Citizens' Awards.
The football club provides coaching for children in Handsworth,
Perry Barr, Great Barr and Handsworth Wood and has been recognised
for the positive contribution it has made strengthening community
cohesion in inner-city Birmingham.
Having received a grant from the Police and Crime Commissioner's
Active Citizens Fund, Diamond Academy has been nominated for this
award that recognises the best use of the funds it has been
It was last year awarded to receive a £10,500 contribution
towards expanding its coaching and community work.
Dean Broomes, Director of Diamond Academy, on being
nominated for the award, said:
"Diamond Academy has grown from me and my lads using jumpers
for goalposts in Garden Gate park to being a club of over 100 kids
playing some really great football.
"At the end of the day, we're a football club and we're
developing some really good players... but we're more than just
that. We're looking to make these lads become better people. The
lads are white, black, Asian, Polish, African... and we're all
learning about the cultures of people with different backgrounds...
trying to get people to mix... we're like a big family. The Academy
has been great for our area and we're excited about our plans to
take it to the next level."
David Jamieson, West Midlands Police and Crime
"This is our chance to recognise some of the outstanding
contributions that individuals and organisations, like the Diamond
Academy football club, are making to support and educate our young
The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday July
6th, 2017 at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. There are six
categories being recognised for awards: Outstanding Citizen,
Outstanding Community Project, Outstanding Young Citizen,
Outstanding Act of Good Citizenship, Active Citizens' Fund Project
and Special Recognition Award.