Hannah’s volunteer work scoops awards

Hannah Harrison
Hannah Harrison

A sports volunteer has landed two top prizes in recognition of her commitment to improving the lives of others in her community.

Hannah Harrison, from Milton Keynes, has been named London and South East Volunteer of the Year and Best New Volunteer of the Year at the fifth annual Co-operative StreetGames Young Volunteer Awards.

Hannah was chosen from hundreds of nominees and received her awards at a national ceremony, held in Manchester, where the best and brightest individuals that volunteer their time to help deliver Doorstep Sport programmes across the UK were recognised.

Judges included BBC Sport editor, Anna Thompson, and representatives from national sports charity, StreetGames, and The Co-operative.

Hannah has been volunteering as part of the Milton Keynes Leadership Academy for six months, in which time she taken on a variety of roles including coaching, officiating other youngsters.

Hannah has helped to lead and organise a number of primary school events across Milton Keynes and has worked on a variety of disability sessions and adult sports sessions.

After collecting her awards, Hannah said; “I’m extremely happy to win tonight, I think this is the first trophy I’ve ever won! Seeing the great work of the other nominees, I didn’t think I would win but I’m very happy that I did.”

Sue Heritage, National Programme Manager, The Co-operative StreetGames Young Volunteers programme, said: “Hannah is dedicated, committed and has a willingness to learn about all aspects of sport development.

“It is through the work of people like Hannah that Doorstep Sport programmes are able to change lives and change communities across the UK.”

Michael Fairclough, Head of Community and Co-operative Investment at The Co-operative Group, said: “Over the last six years more than 6,000 young volunteers like Hannah have given their time – 160,000 hours in total – to make their communities a better place to be.

“There is a generation of young people changing their world for the better one session at a time and the Co-operative is incredibly proud to support their work.”