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Team GB Paralympian, Dame Sarah Storey, and Minister for Sport, Tracey Crouch, were on hand to present the awards.
When Rahmo arrived in England eighteen months ago from Somalia, the teenager was stepping into an unfamiliar country unable to speak any English. But sport changed everything.
"It was very difficult at first,” she says. "I never had any confidence before, in sport or in life.
"But I thank my teachers who introduced me to sport. It has really changed my life.”
Rahmo’s childhood in Somalia was tough. Terrorism was a daily peril and education restrictions imposed on women severely limited her opportunities.
Sport was the least of her concerns when she was growing up, but it has proved to be a huge part of her life in her new home of Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
"Back home only boys do sport or physical activities,” says Rahmo. "I started to do sport at the Female Fitness Club and it’s become one of my favourite things at college.”
Rahmo first heard about the satellite club, which is funded by us, thanks to the sports coordinator at her college.
Through weekly Zumba and Boxercise sessions, her confidence has flourished and her grasp of English has improved considerably.
And the club, run in partnership with Rotherham College and Places for People Leisure, has helped her form close bonds with other girls.
"I never had any confidence before, in sport or in life. But I thank my teachers who introduced me to sport. It has really changed my life” Rahmo
The profound impact of sport on Rahmo’s life has seen her win the silver prize at our National Sportivate and Satellite Club Participant Awards.
The awards recognise the individuals and projects that demonstrate outstanding commitment to community sport. Rahmo is one of over 430,000 young people who have attended more than 9,300 satellite clubs across England since 2012.