One of Bradford’s most successful sportsmen has been made patron of a charity that helps improve the lives of Bradford’s black community.

Junior Witter says he was hugely proud that the African Caribbean Achievement Project chose him as their representative, and hopes he can be a role model to young people – just like his coach was to him.

The former WBC, European, British, and Commonwealth light welterweight champion was officially made the group’s patron at an event at the group’s Claremont learning centre that was attended by people of all ages.

The charity was set up in 1995 to support black young people at school and help them achieve more. They provide mentors, run summer schools, homework clubs and have a learning centre.

Witter, who was born in Bradford and attended Carlton Bolling College, spoke to the Telegraph & Argus at the event.

The 39-year-old said: “I’m honoured to have been named patron.

“It’s nice to be appreciated for your achievements. I’m looking forward to doing a lot of work with the ACAP to help educate, motivate and inspire young people to do the best they can. It is very important we let young people see positive role models in their communities, that people who came from where they come from can still achieve great things.”

Nigel Skinner, chairman of the group, said: “Something like this is great for the group. People need to know what we do, and Junior is someone who has achieved so much.”