A SOLIHULL sports star has been recognised at the region’s largest community sports awards ceremony.
Kashif Yakoob has been named Further Education Inspirational Sports Student of the Year at the tenth annual Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire Sports Awards at St John’s Hotel on Warwick Road in Solihull.
Yakoob is in his final year at Solihull College on Blossomfield Road, studying a BTEC level three diploma in software programming.
He was commended for his dedication and commitment to extra-curricular sports activity which includes coaching other students at the college.
The 17-year-old is also a student class representative and student liaison volunteer and has won a number of awards for his academic and sporting achievements.
“Winning the award means a lot.” he said. “I didn’t think that I would ever be able to win an award just for doing something I love and it is nice to receive that recognition.
“It is very difficult to get the balance right between college work and sport. I study software development and that is always quite demanding and the assignments are quite big but any spare time that I get I dedicate to sport.
“After my studies, around five years down the line, I would like to set up my own business. I will also continue to coach basketball and hopefully get more people engaged in the sport.”
The Sports Awards celebrate the cream of the sporting scene across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire, including those who have made a tremendous contribution to sport at all levels.
A total of 16 award titles were handed out on the night including categories covering both professional and amateur fields as well as recognising the young and upcoming stars of the future.