Arif Abdurrahmaan, a P.E Teacher at the London Islamic School (LIS), a Muslim Secondary school for Boys has been awarded the Nida Trust National Muslim Teachers' Creativity and Innovation Sports Award for 2011.
Guests at the event sponsored by Muslim Aid heard how Arif
set up and organised the annual United Madrasah Championships projects.
The prestigious gala dinner was attended by more than 400 delegates and senior educationalists and trainers.
The awards were judged by a panel of senior educationalists, including Dr Jacek Brant, Head of Faculty at the Institute of Education, Rukshana Yaqoob, Regional Adviser - National Strategies, Department of Education, Dr Mohammed Abdul Bari, the former Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, Ofsted Inspector Amjad Malik and Phillip Preedy, Director, Ascot education.
The Judges deemed the United Madrasah Championships as a very innovative project, used as a stepping stone to promote excellence in sport amongst Muslim schools.
The United Madrasah Championships are inter school competitions involving all the Muslim boys secondary schools in Tower Hamlets, including London Islamic School, London East Academy, Mazahirul Uloom, Jamiatul Ummah and Darul Hadis Latifiah. Currently there are two annual competitions, an Athletics Championships and a Football Championship tournament. There are further plans to participate at dragon boat racing events.
An overwhelmed Arif said: "I personally accept this award on behalf of everyone involved in this project, including the London Islamic School staff and student volunteers, for this has always been about team effort.
"I would also like to extend my gratitude to all the other schools involved for their participation as the events would not be what they are without their contribution and efforts.
"Sport is something that has always been very dear to me, especially during my childhood. It was one of the key factors which developed my skills and occupied a lot of my time, allowing me to abstain from anti social behaviour."
The Headteacher of London Islamic School, Abdul Hadi Mamon said: "Arif Abdurrahmaan has worked tirelessly and passionately on this project and continues to do so. I am extremely pleased that he has been recognised not just locally, but nationally for his efforts and pray he continues with the hard work he is doing at the school."
London Islamic School is a growing establishment and recently featured in a successful inspection in March 2011, obtaining an overall "Good with outstanding features."
The school has also gone through an expansion project after obtaining access to a new section on the 1st floor and 2nd floor. There are still spaces available for year 7's to start in September 2011.
Please check www.londonislamicschool.org for further information on admission procedures.