A Bassetlaw teen has won an award for standing up to peer pressure

Aidan Needham has won the 4Uth award for Bassetlaw
Aidan Needham has won the 4Uth award for Bassetlaw

The Nottinghamshire Outstanding Achievement 4Uth Award recognises young people who have achieved a great deal and pushed their personal boundaries, whatever they are.

Aidan Needham, 14, of Vessey Road, Worksop was nominated for the award by Shane Butkeraitis, the full-time youth worker at Valley Young People’s Centre.

Aidan has been nominated for his exceptional sporting achievements at regional and national level whilst representing the Worksop Detachment of the Army Cadet Force.

Shane said: “I got talking to him and asked what other things he did and he said he was in the Cadets but he has got stick off his friends for joining but wanted to do it anyway.”

Aidan said: “It is a good feeling knowing you have done something that your friends haven’t and it is overwhelming to have won an award.”

The teenager is very sporty and has represented Bassetlaw by competing in football and swimming competitions.

Shane added: “Winning has given him more confidence and he can move away from groups of people being anti-social and focus on what he enjoys.”

Councillor Liz Plant, Vice-Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Our awards for young people recognise excellence in many different areas of life and Aidan has excelled in sport, volunteering and cadets and has achieved so much.

“He can be justly proud of his achievements and is a worthy winner of the district award for Bassetlaw in recognition of everything he has done.”

The awards, which is run as joint project with Nottinghamshire County Council and the Nottingham Post, is now in its fifth year.