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Man Utd hero Rashford to be honoured with special award at Sports Personality of the Year for work fighting poverty

MARCUS RASHFORD is to be honoured with a Special Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

But the Manchester United and England striker, 23, will not be included in the shortlist for the main prize.

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The Special Award has been made on behalf of the judging panel in recognition of Rashford’s exceptional impact outside of sport, in which he successfully campaigned for free school meals for kids during school holidays.

Director of BBC Sport Barbara Slater said: “Marcus’ endeavour to give a voice to those who find themselves in a situation that he too is familiar with has been greatly admired and the panel wanted to ensure he was recognised for that.

“In a year that has been challenging for everyone, but particularly vulnerable families, he has gone above and beyond to transcend his sport and make a real difference.

"This award is a tribute to a remarkable young man."

SPOTY rules did not allow Rashford’s crusade to be included in the nominations for the main award because that is based on sporting achievement.

Rashford will receive his gong at the Salford event on December 20.

The England striker was named the Pride of Britain earlier this year after the success of his campaign to extend free school meals.

He has also launched the Marcus Rashford Book Club which is aimed at encouraging youngsters to read - especially those from vulnerable and under privileged backgrounds.

Rashford is not just excelling off the pitch though with the United striker scoring a penalty in their 4-1 win against Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday in the Champions League.

And the role model can now look forward to getting his hands on the award next month for the work he has accomplished outside of football.

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