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The Mumtaz Ellahi Community Sports Award was recently presented to Ken Livesey of Islington Football Club.

The award recognises the immense work of individuals or groups who volunteer their services to the development or organisation of local sport in Blackburn.

Ken received his award at the 2015 annual Fusion awards ceremony which took place at Blackburn’s King George’s Hall. This unique event has been supported from local and national organisations in the past nine years and continues to break new ground.

A familiar face at amateur football matches, Ken has been involved in local sport for much of his life. As well as playing in local leagues he has run numerous football clubs which have aimed to break down barriers between communities.

Ken has worked at ELE since 1996 and during this time has done many different jobs. He is currently a CNC Miller.

As well as football, Ken is a keen runner and competes for Trawden AC at distances from 5K to half marathons.

Now aged 57, the ever determined Ken can still be spotted at matches and even takes to pitch when his side is a player short!

He said, “It is such a wonderful gesture and I am delighted to have been chosen for the award”.