BBC announces Marcus Rashford documentary to raise awareness of child food poverty in the UK

Stephanie Chase
·2-min read
Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

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The BBC has announced a special documentary focusing on footballer Marcus Rashford's journey to raise national awareness of the effects of child food poverty in the UK.

The 60-minute access-all-areas doc, which airs on December 21, will show Rashford as he attempts to better understand the true effects of child food poverty on millions of children across the UK and how they have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The programme will give viewers insight into Rashford's decision-making, thought process and motivations and how he's navigated the obstacles he has come up against while trying to eradicate child food poverty in the UK.

Clare Sillery, BBC Head of Commissioning for Documentaries, said: "Everyone will be familiar with the Marcus Rashford we see on the pitch but this documentary will offer a deeper insight into the man himself.

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Photo credit: James Williamson - AMA - Getty Images

"Through our access we hope viewers will get to see just how passionate and determined he is about tackling child food poverty in Britain today."

It will also show how Rashford's drive contributed to the announcement of relief measures from the UK government to stabilise the households of over 1.7 million children.

Rashford, who is an ambassador for charity FareShare, is also set to be honoured at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony on December 20, receiving a Panel Special Award in recognition of his exceptional impact outside of his sport.

The Sports Personality of the Year judging panel unanimously agreed that Marcus' accomplishments off the pitch this year should be commended.

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Photo credit: Alex Livesey - Getty Images

Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, 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."

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