Sab Bham has won the BBC Sports Unsung Hero award for London.
Bham runs Salaam Peace, a programme which promotes the positive aspects of Islam and the effect British Muslims can have upon their communities.
He told BBC London: "Sport has always been a great forum to build friendships, develop relationships and bring people together.
"To have respect of the people that turn up and see them flourish is what makes it all worthwhile."
He added: "I'm not sure how to take the title.
"It holds pride of place above everything. We just try and do what we can and offer opportunities.
"If people take them and go onto bigger and better things, then great."
The 37-year-old, who has been involved in community sports programmes for more than two decades, runs Salaam Peace in north and east London.
"We try and provide positive role models who lead by example and are prepared to give their time," Bham said.
"Sport is a great tool to engage people and you can address so many social issues with it.
"For us, seeing people develop both in their sporting skills but more importantly in their lives and personalities is the biggest thrill."
He will now go forward for the national award which will be presented at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012 in London on 16 December.