This year’s DMSF Young Person of the Year, as voted for by the coaches and wider DMSF team, is being awarded to Hassan Uddin 18, an active member of the Moss Side Millennium Powerhouse sessions. Growing up in Moss side, Hassan has worked with coach Clive since he was very young. Clive remembers Hassan being desperate to be part of the school football team, even when he was told he wasn’t old enough. His determination and hard work from that young age led to him earning his spot on the team and has allowed him to develop into a young leader.

Hassan first interacted with DMSF when he began attending the tri-weekly senior multi skills sessions at Powerhouse. He has been part of the core group of attendees since the sessions began. Hassan caught the eye of coaches due to his commitment to training, leadership during sessions and his eagerness to support and assist where needed.

It was because of these qualities that Hassan was put forward to take part in our Sports Leadership programme, run by qualified Sports Leadership tutors Bex and Clive in August 2018. Hassan took the course in his stride and the coaches were immensely proud of his work ethic and willingness to improve.

Following the completion of this course, Hassan began volunteering his time as an assistant coach on both the junior (7-12 years) and senior (12-21 years) sessions at Powerhouse supporting over 70 young people who attend each week, demonstrating his professionalism and interest in continual self-development.

On time to every session, Hassan is always the first to ask where he can assist and is comfortable leading warm ups, drills and small team games. He doesn’t allow his competitive streak to get in the way of leading others and ensuring that everyone is able to be involved in the session. He is a role model to his peers and the younger members of the Powerhouse provision.

Through his demonstration of leadership qualities and reliability, Hassan was invited to represent DMSF as a young leader at the Salford 10km. As a charitable partner of the event, DMSF were tasked with a range of duties including marshalling, water stations and the participant bag drop zone. A record 3,500 runners took part and the DMSF team received outstanding feedback on their volunteering efforts. Confident and polite with members of the public Hassan was a great ambassador for the foundation.

On hearing his selection of this recognition Hassan said:

“The Diane Modahl Sports Foundation means a lot to me. I enjoy what I do; playing football, basketball and all sorts of multi sports. It has impacted me in lots of ways, it’s helping towards my future; towards coaching and volunteering.”

The qualities Hassan has demonstrated, coupled with his ability to lead his peers are exactly the behaviours and values we are seeking to develop within all our young ambassadors to the foundation. He is developing into a fantastic role model and young man. Well done Hassan, we look forward to continuing to support you and watch you grow.