A member of a Stanmore-based sports organisation has been recognised in this year’s Harrow’s Heroes Awards for his dedication to coaching young table tennis players.
Hussein Juma is one of four people shortlisted in the Inspiring Young People category as part of the prestigious awards, run by Harrow Council, for coaching young people in table tennis and helping them with their personal development.
Hussein, who used to play table tennis competitively, got into coaching in 2008 when his daughter asked him to teach her.
In addition to coaching juniors at Kenton Tennis Club, Hussein is part of Stanmore Jaffreys (SJ), a community-based sports organisation run by the Hujjat KSIMC mosque.
Speaking to STANMOREnews about how it felt to be nominated for the award, Hussein said he was deeply humbled and also feels that it should have been a joint nomination with teammate Mo Merali.
He said: “I was very surprised as I am not a professional table tennis coach or anything. I am really humbled. People like Mo and I do this because we are passionate and want to give something back to the sport that has given us a lot of pleasure.”
Last year, the junior players he coached in the Wembley and Harrow Table Tennis League were crowned champions of their division, and he is hoping to replicate a similar result this season.
Find out more SJ at sjhub.org.uk
The results of the awards are expected to be announced on September 22.