The BBC has announced a documentary focused on Marcus Rashford's efforts to raise awareness of child food poverty.

Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford

The Manchester United and England footballer has vocally campaigned to end child food poverty across the UK and pushed the government to announce relief measures which will benefit over 1.7 million children.

The Beeb's upcoming 60-minute documentary - which is set to air on December 21 - will follow the 23-year-old star as he navigates obstacles in his drive to help those in need.

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.

"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."

On December 20, Marcus will also be honoured with a special award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year event as the panel recognised his huge impact away from football.

Barbara Slater - Director of BBC Sport - added: “Marcus’s 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.”

Reflecting on the documentary, Marcus tweeted: "The last couple of months I’ve been working on a documentary to showcase the devastating effects of child food poverty in the UK.

"This is not about me it’s about offering a platform for voices to be heard. We’ve been ignoring the issue for too long, now is the time for change. (sic)"