SASP awards celebrate volunteering, coaching and young sporting success

SASP awards celebrate volunteering, coaching and young sporting success

Posted: Mon, 18 Nov 2019 10:35

SASP awards celebrate volunteering, coaching and young sporting success

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 or contact us on 01823 653990.

Tags: Awards, Coaching, Featured, Volunteering

Partners and Sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

  • Sport England
    Active Partnerships
    Somerset Business Award Winner
    Somerset Chamber of Commerce
    Disability Confident
  • Somerset Skills & Learning
    Youth Sport Trust
    activity alliance
    Sedgemoor District Council
    Avon & Somerset Police
  • South Somerset District Council
    Somerset Partnership
    Yeovil Hospital Healthcare
    Taunton & West Somerset Council
    Mendip District Council
    Homes in Sedgemoor
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
    Spark Somerset
    YMCA Dulverton Group
    Department for Work & Pensions
    Somerset CCG
    together team
    Somerset Cricket Board
    British American Football Association
    Badminton England
    Somerset FA
  • British Cycling
    Create Development
    Children in Need
    The Salvation Army
    Somerset County Council
  • Channel Adventure
    Nova Sports & Coaching
    Zing Somerset
    Sports Coach UK