Fight 4 Change worker Reahana Gordon was recognised with a National Award form Levelling the Playing Field for the work she does as part of our Young Advisors Program.
Levelling the Playing Field (LTPF) uses the power of sport and physical activity to engage and improve health and life outcomes for ethnically diverse children who are more likely to enter, or already involved with, the Criminal Justice System. They collaborate with a range of organisations across the country helping advocate their services, support them with funding and linking them with other opportunities where possible. Fight 4 Change has been involved with Levelling the playing field over the last 2 to 3 years. Our programs have imputed into the research they have commissioned and our young people have attended conference and events to talk about their experiences.
Powered by a record £1 million grant from the London Marathon Charitable Trust, LTPF is managed by the Alliance of Sport in Criminal Justice, working alongside the Youth Justice Board and is being evaluated by the University of Birmingham.
LTPF held their National Awards ceremony on 15th July 2023. Young people, role models, leaders and dignitaries from across the country were united in celebration at Saturday’s 2023 Levelling the Playing Field National Awards at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.
The Awards highlighted the incredible impact made by people and partner organisations within the LTPF network who use the power of sport and physical activity to engage ethnically diverse children and prevent and divert them from entering the Criminal Justice System.
The event saw winners from the four LTPF Regional Awards earlier this year from the delivery areas of London, the West Midlands, South Yorkshire and Gwent. The Winners were determined by a specialist panel. In attendance were the Mayor of Birmingham Cllr Chaman Lal, England’s Commonwealth Games-winning netball captain Ama Agbeze, Chair of the Youth Justice Board, Keith Fraser, and Joe Thompson, Head of Funding at our principal funders the London Marathon Foundation.
The event at the prestigious 2022 Commonwealth Games venue included a variety of fun sports sessions. The ‘Role Model of the Year’ award was given to Fight 4 Changes Reahana Gordon for the work she does with the Fight 4 Change Young Advisors Program.
Reahana said: “I wasn’t expecting to win but it’s nice to have the work I do recognised and have people backing me. I work hard for the kids, but it’s not about me and what I am doing, it’s about providing that space and opportunity for the children.”