A FORMER Bradford City’s assistant manager, who established a charity to support impoverished children and young people, was honored at a Downing Street event.
Wayne Jacobs co-founded One In A Million in 2005, which began as a local football project and has since expanded to include all five Bradford parliamentary seats.
The nonprofit works with children and young people through sports, the arts, and entrepreneurship.
Wayne was invited to a special reception at Number 10 after being nominated by Shipley MP Philip Davies (Conservative).
Lucy Frazer, Secretary of State for Culture, Media, and Sport, hosted the event, which recognized those who are doing exceptional things for their communities via sport.
Mr Jacobs played for the Bantams for 11 years and served as assistant manager for another four.
He stated, “I’m grateful to Philip for recognizing One In A Million’s work.
“Today is for everyone who has worked for the organization throughout the years.
“I am humbled, proud, and privileged to represent them today.”
Mr Davies added: “Wayne has done so much for the city of Bradford and the Shipley constituency, and I was thrilled when he was picked to attend the event.
“I can’t think of anyone more deserving; his work and that of his team have altered so many people’s lives.
“The charity runs so many great activities in my constituency that it is impossible to mention them all.
“Some examples include a World of Work project, in which local employers and charity sponsors collaborate to help young people get placements and be introduced to the workplace.
“Another good plan is the Streetwise Football Programme sponsored by Titus Salt School; statistics show that since the program began, anti-social activity in the region has decreased by 70%.
“I want to thank Wayne and all the staff at the charity and school for all the excellent work they do across the constituency and wider district.”
In 2013, the charity opened its own secondary school, One In A Million Free School, on the old Bradford City AFC Business Centre, which was financed by the Department for Education.
To learn more about the charity,