We are super proud of all of our volunteers and it’s lovely when they get recognised for going the extra mile. Azeez Yusuff is just one of our volunteers nominated in this year’s VI Awards for his work with Sport Against Racism Ireland.
Azeez Yusuff is a remarkable young man who has emerged from the Asylum Process to become a Sports Coach and a Youth Leader on three programmes of the NGO Charity, Sport Against Racism Ireland. As a ‘Refugee in Waiting’ in the asylum process, and with no English on his arrival in the Irish Republic, Azeez struggled against racism and Islamophobia. He was supported nurtured through the coaching and youth ranks of SARI to become Head Sports Coach of the organisation.
The young Nigerian born footballer made a major impact on the unaccompanied minors on Soccernites, working with young boys many of whom have been trafficked into the country from conflict zones. In this key volunteer role, given his own background, he shows great empathy with his young charges and places the duty of care of the vulnerable youngsters by prioritising their physical and mental health welfare and engaging them in an employability programme. As coach of the Hijabs and Hat Tricks programme, he has acted as a tutor and mentor for three of the young Muslim girls who have now become coaches and youth leaders themselves. His work with the national Football v Discrimination schools programme has produced a major impact on the Human Rights learning for young people that helps to eliminate bullying through racism, homophobia, Islamophobia and sexism.
He is totally dedicated to using the medium of sport to tackle all forms of discrimination and for the cultural integration and social inclusion of young alienated and marginalised people.
Listen to an interview with Azeez Yusuff here.
Find out about all the nominees for the VI Awards here.