UEL sports lecturer honoured at Canary Wharf awards ceremony
Gerry Diver recognised with CWG Community Champions Award
By Lee Pinkerton
UEL lecturer Gerry Diver was recognised at the Canary Wharf Group’s (CWG) Community Champions Award ceremony.
The company hosted its third awards ceremony at One Canada Square to mark the achievements of east Londoners who tirelessly volunteer at projects across the area.
As well as being a lecturer and Programme Leader on UEL’s Applied Community Sports (West Ham United Foundation) programme, Gerry (pictured third from left) continues to oversee his community projects, having set up and run many targeted programmes and projects over the past 20 years. He said …
“For the last two decades, inspiring young people using the transformative power of sport has been my passion. I’m honoured that the CWG have seen fit to acknowledge my efforts in this way.”
In 1999 Gerry founded Ironworks Community Sports – the first independent community sport development programme of its kind. Over the years the project has raised in excess of a million pounds for its community initiatives and has reached thousands of young people.
He has trained hundreds of young coaches and leaders in a variety of sports through his mentoring programme. These coaches have worked with thousands of young people in schools, youth clubs, parks, estates and many other community development projects.
For the past three years Gerry has also been the head coach for the Canary Wharf Football Academy in Bangladesh set up to give disaffected young people a chance of a better life through football.
Zakir Khan, Associate Director of community affairs at Canary Wharf Group said:
“As we embark on our residential development pipeline here at Canary Wharf, it is more important than ever to celebrate the residents in our existing local communities who contribute so much to those around them.
“Our Community Champions ceremony provides the opportunity to highlight and acknowledge the contribution of these individuals and show our appreciation.”