Macenzie Whittaker (Greater Manchester) – Nominated by Premier League
“Macenzie has been a committed volunteer at Manchester United Foundation since 2013, and while juggling his full-time studies he has contributed over 200 hours to his local community in the last 12 months.
Macenzie’s influence and personality touch the lives of many young people, such is the variety of sports and activities he involves himself in. He coaches table tennis and basketball for the Foundation’s flagship Premier League 4 Sport project which aims to increase participation in Olympic sports as part of the London 2012 legacy. Then there is his work with the Foundation’s Street Reds (Premier League Kicks) which uses the power of football to connect with and help disaffected young people.
But it’s not just volunteering that Macenzie has dedicated his time to. He has also actively promoted the benefits and values of volunteering to the community as well. His work for a local hospice and during National Volunteers Week have been a huge inspiration to others to become volunteers themselves.
Macenzie is a fine example of somebody recognising the power of sport for the communal good and demonstrating a selfless and dedicated attitude to help as many people as possible reap the benefits.
He is a truly inspirational young man and a role model to all who aspire to give something back to their community.”