StreetGames is delighted to announce the Matt Kendall Award – in memory of Matt Kendall who passed away a year ago, aged 35 years. Matt bravely fought cancer of the oesophagus for a number of years.

Matt was involved with StreetGames since we were founded in 2005. Initially, in his role as an FA Hat-Trick worker, then through his outstanding work as the community sport worker at Aston New Deal for Communities programme in Birmingham. During the last two years, Matt led StreetGames work in Europe, setting up a number of successful exchanges for young people. Matt secured StreetGames first major European grant of over 200,000 euros just before he died.

Jane Ashworth, Chief Executive, commented,

“Matt was a very special young man. His passion to help young people was incredible to watch. The Matt Kendall Award will recognise an outstanding contribution to youth action by one of our projects. Matt was passionate about empowering young people to enable them to affect real change in their community”.

The Matt Kendall Award will feature in the StreetGames annual awards ceremony held every year at our national conference.

Matt was instrumental before he died in the establishment of the Matt Kendall Foundation, which helps disadvantaged young people in Birmingham to secure a job, by providing very practical help through a small grant. Find out more about the Foundation here

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