A Solihull star has been recognised for his talents 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 and Warwickshire Sports Awards, at St Johns Hotel,in Warwick Road, Solihull.
The awards celebrate the best talent across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire including those who have made a ‘tremendous contribution’ at all levels.
Sixteen award titles were handed out on the night, including categories covering professional and amateur fields. The awards also recognised the young and upcoming stars of the future.
Kashif, who is in his final year at Solihull College studying software programming, 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.
“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,” he said.
“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 are organised by a representative group of partners including BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sport, Coventry University, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and Coventry City Council.