Nacro volunteer Lee Park has been presented with £2,000 from the Swiss embassy to fund a new youth project in Bournemouth.
Lee, 25 from Boscombe was selected by a panel of experts for his project “Life’s A Beach!” which aims to inspire young people to take pride in their local seafront and work towards qualifications as lifeguards and surfing coaches.
Swiss Ambassador Anton Thalmann said “The judges were most impressed with how this original project meets local needs and offers tangible results and goals for the participants. I hope you’ll all agree it’s a worthy winner of the Swiss Award,”
The Swiss Award marks the culmination of the Embassy’s involvement with the BBC’s “Your Game” project which which offers assistance and support to young people in socially deprived areas across the UK, allowing them to develop themselves further through sporting activities as well as access to training and funding opportunities.
The celebration took place in the Embassy’s celebrated garage in London where guests saw at first hand the unique collection of Banksy graffiti exhibits which adorn the walls, and where the England-Switzerland qualifying match for the Euro 2012 championships was broadcast live from the St. Jakob Park in Basel.
All Stars from previous years joined MPs and Swiss footballers Pascal Zuberbühler and Kerim Frei, currently at Fulham, to watch the game in what Ambassador Thalmann called “an evening of football and friendship”.