Hometown Heroes

Hometown Heroes

The countdown to Birmingham 2022 continues, and whilst we’re getting ready to welcome some of the world’s top athletes, we’re also shining the spotlight on those that go the extra mile to develop sport, encourage participation and promote physical and mental wellbeing in their community.

Meet the Hometown Heroes – the volunteers, coaches, managers, and grafters who work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep grassroots sport alive. They’re the local champions making a real difference in the West Midlands. Read their stories on this page.

You can also discover everyone who was nominated to be a Hometown Hero, and the sports clubs they represent, using our interactive map

Introducing your Hometown Heroes

Haseebah Abdullah

Windmill Boxing Gym

Meet Haseebah

Naseem Akhtar BEM

Running, Cycling & Fitness: Saheli Hub

Meet Naseem

Dave Heeley OBE

Charity Runner

Meet Dave

Steve Mroso

Basketball: Team Birmingham Elite

Meet Steve

Kevin Dillon

Lions Amateur Boxing Club

Meet Kevin

Jeevan Chagger

City of Birmingham Hockey Club

Meet Jeevan
“Every childhood ambition
and every podium pursuit
Every legend that you can name
Grew from grassroots”

Read the full Hometown Heroes poem by Matt Windle

Yasmin Nessa

Saltley Women’s Football Club

Meet Yasmin

Ricardo D’Alva

Basketball: City of Birmingham Rockets

Meet Ricardo

Salma Bi BEM

Grassroots Cricket Champion

Meet Salma

Sarah Scanlon

Ernesford Grange Netball Club

Meet Sarah

Joan Hunter

Netball Coach

Meet Joan

Kevin Redmond

Solihull Moors Football Club

Meet Kevin
“These actions aren’t for plaudits, for finance or for fame
It’s an instinctive purpose to help others shine
without the need to know their name”

Read the full Hometown Heroes poem by Matt Windle

Ranjit Singh

Wolverhampton Wresting Club

Meet Ranjit

Kirsty Davie

Birmingham Moseley Women’s Rugby

Meet Kirsty

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