Volunteer Alex is streets ahead

A volunteer’s dedication to sport has won her a regional award.

Alex Liddell has been named north east volunteer of the year for her work with the Co-op retail chain’s StreetGames project.

The 20-year-old picked up the accolade at the Co-operative StreetGames Young Volunteer of the Year Awards for 2011, winning an iPod Nano.

Alex encourages young people aged 16 to 25 to gain qualifications and community leadership skills by taking part in StreetGames projects.

She helps run athletics and other sports sessions for disabled young people.

Alex, now a paid member of staff working for North Tyneside Sports Development’s Project Dusk inclusion project, was also involved in running a series of family fun days across the borough attended by more than 500 people altogether.

She said: “Volunteers make good role models and show that not all young people are bad and live up to the stereotypes they get.

“I want to continue volunteering for as long as possible and give something back to the local community.”

John Downes, national volunteering fieldwork manager for StreetGames, said: “If it wasn’t for young people like Alex, many sports projects up and down the UK wouldn’t be able to continue.

“Her exceptional contribution to sport has helped the young people she works with and the community she works in, and it has given her the skills, confidence and qualifications to be a future leader in sport.”