SASP awards celebrate volunteering, coaching and young sporting success
Posted: Mon, 18 Nov 2019 10:35
More than 150 people of all ages and abilities came together on Friday 15th November to celebrate the Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership annual awards held at The Cooper Associates Cricket Ground, Taunton. The awards, organised by Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP) highlight the achievements and successes of inspirational volunteers, outstanding coaches, talented athletes and high quality and friendly clubs from across the County. Jane Knowles, SASP CEO, gave a warm welcome to proceedings before introducing Ben McGrail, West Country Correspondent for ITV, who, back by popular demand, was the host for the evening.
This year saw over 90 entries for awards across 12 categories, all of which highlighted the fantastic achievement in the County promoting sports and activity development. Jane Knowles said; "as an Active Partnership it is important to recognise the tireless efforts of those involved in sport and activity. Volunteers are the backbone of community sport and without them sport cannot function. Great coaches not only support athletes to realise their potential but help to create an important lifelong love of sport and physical activity".
During the evening guests were also persuaded to #SitLess and #MoveMore by getting up off their seats for some fun activities, inspired by the award winning SASP Active Workplace offer. Through one of the activities, £146 was raised for Children in Need, supporting their fantastic local work.
The winners of the Somerset Activity & Sport Awards 2019 are:
Children's Coach of the Year (sponsored by Taunton School) - Tom McCombie of Channel Adventure
Participation Coach of the Year - Neale Raleigh of Yeovil Whirlwinds Baseball Club
Young Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by Bridgwater & Taunton College) - Chloe Lock of Jump Start, Bridgwater
Club Volunteer of the Year - Gavin Watts of Chard Rugby Club
Active Workplace (sponsored by Stuart Todd Associates) - The Royal Bath & West of England Society
Get Somerset Active (sponsored by Sedgemoor Lifeline) - Edric and Caroline Hobbs of Shepton Mallet parkrun
Early Years Setting of the Year - Westover Little Stars Pre School
Primary PE and Sport Premium Award - Hamp Academy, Bridgwater
This Girl Can - Beckie Foster of Sedgemoor Striders
Club of the Year (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Taunton Vale) - Bridgwater Swimming Club
Young Sports Performer of the Year (sponsored by Richard Huish College) - Jessica Vickery of Whirlwinds Academy
TS5C Young Sports Person of the Year Winners - Bertie Kelly, Joe Nelson and Charlie Cook
SASP would like to congratulate all its winners, the people who were shortlisted and all nominees, as well as its many sponsors for supporting this event. If you would like any further information on supporting the 2020 Somerset Activity and Sports Awards, please contact Laura Carter on firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on 01823 653990.