Marcus RASHFORD to be presented with special award at BBC SPOTY

The Manchester United and England International Marcus Rasford is set to be presented with an award in recognition of his impressive contribution in raising awareness of child food poverty within the UK. 

Rashford will receive the honour at this year’s BBC Sports Personality show hosted at the Media City in Salford on December 20. 

Earlier this year, Rashford successfully campaigned for the Government to extend free school meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In addition, following further campaigning from the 23-year-old in November the Government were persuaded to announce more than £400 million will be made available to support poor children and their families in England.  While the striker has also launched a book club to help children enjoy reading.  

The BBC director of sport, Barbara Slater said:

“In a year that has been challenging for everyone, but particularly vulnerable families, he has gone above and beyond to transcend his sport and make a real difference.

“This award is a tribute to a remarkable young man.”

Indeed, on December 21 there will also be a documentary shown on BBC One, which will feature Rashford and go more in-depth into the motivation of the Manchester United striker’s decision to launch this campaign. 

It will also show how his efforts contributed to the announcement of the relief measures announced by the Government. 

The BBC head of commissioning for documentaries, Clare Sillery added:

“Through our access, we hope viewers will get to see just how passionate and determined he is about tackling child food poverty in Britain today.”  

Rashford has also been named on the Football Black List in recognition of his off the field campaigning. The list was first drawn up in 2008 by co-founders Leon Mann and Rodney Hinds and is designed to highlight black industry professionals who are positive influencers.

The Manchester United player follows other footballers such as: Watford’s Troy Deeney, Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings and Wilfred Zaha and Chole Morgan of Crystal Palace.  While one of the most recent names to also be added was Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling for his work to combat racisim. 

When asked about Marcus Rasford’s campaigning efforts the Football Black List’ co-founder, Hinds said:

“The efforts of Marcus Rashford deserve acclaim alongside the others on the list who go about their business for the good of others.”

You can find out more about the Black List, the work they do and who is on it in the link here

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