Mosaic Speakers Bureau member Ikram Butt joined forces with West Yorkshire Police on Monday March 7 to warn young children and their parents against the dangers of drugs, violence and gun crime.
The community event was hosted by Frizinghall Primary School in Bradford and organised by the Community Support Unit of West Yorkshire Police.
PC Rory Romani, a firearms officer with the West Yorkshire Police and Steven Brady, a rehabilitated drug abuser inspired the children through their moving account of growing up as best friends in Thornton, Bradford and going on their separate paths to lead two very different lives.
Ikram then spoke of the focus Rugby gave him to keep away from negative influences. Giving the example of the motivation he gained from the enthusiasm of his late father, Ikram stressed the importance of the role parents should play in encouraging their children to take advantage of sporting opportunities.
Ikram Butt made history by becoming the first British Muslim to represent England at either rugby code when he appeared for England against Wales in the European Rugby League Championship in 1995. He is now back at the club where it all started, as part of the Leeds Rugby Foundation in the role of ‘Connecting Communities’ Manager.
Pav Singh, Bradford City Youth and FA County Coach and Chief Inspector Mabs Hussain of the West Yorkshire Police joined Ikram offering practical advice to the community on responding positively against negative influences.
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