Marcus Rashford’s campaigning off the pitch received recognition at a prestigious BBC awards ceremony.

Rashford was presented with a unique award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards, for his tireless of pitch work.

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Since the pandemic began, Rashford has been relentless in helping to organise the production and delivery of food for children in poverty, with the help of charities alongside him.

Rashford has also held the Government to account and forced the Prime Minister into a U-turn over free school meals.

The United striker’s campaigning has continued to earn him the respect of his fellow professionals.

England teammate Raheem Sterling and former United teammate Romelu Lukaku were among those to send public messages of congratulations towards Rashford for his recognition.

For Rashford, his hard work off the pitch is not intended to win awards; it is about using his status for the benefit of children who need somebody like him to step up.

 

It is nice of course for his work to be appreciated, and for Rashford, the comments from his former teammates will probably mean even more than the award himself.

Coming on a day in which Rashford helped United to a 6-2 win on the pitch over rivals Leeds, it has been a successful 24 hours for him.

But on and off the pitch at this time of year, the work never stops for Rashford.

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