Community Sports Awards Evening 2016

SASSOT’s Community Sport Awards 2016 saw some of the county’s finest sporting clubs, coaches, aspiring athletes, projects and volunteers coming together to be honoured. Held at Staffordshire County Council, on 1st November 2016, the event recognised the achievements and commitment of local people in developing local community sport.  Awards were up for grabs in six categories and proved a challenging task for the judging panel in selecting county winners.

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Harry Yates & Sue Finnigan, SASSOT Chair

Harry Yates (17), Great Britain Cyclocross Team Member inspired the audience with his sporting achievements and aspirations for the future.  After a tense lead up to the awards, the following 6 award winners were announced.


Community Coach of the Year 2016 – David Rigby (Cricket)

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David Rigby with David Pinnock, SASSOT Board Member

Community Club of the Year 2016 – Tamworth Boxing Club

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Claire Keast, Tamworth Boxing Club with Graham MacPherson, Sport England

Aspiring Athlete of the Year 2016 – Bethan Rees (Stafford)

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Bethan Rees with Angela Dale, SASSOT Board Member

Community Project of the Year 2016 – Real Girls (Cannock Chase)

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Real Girls (Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles, Cannock Chase) and Cllr Christine Mitchell, Cannock Chase

Community Volunteer of the Year 2016 – Jason Christer (Powerchair Football)

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Jason Christer with Cllr Ameila Rout, Newcastle under Lyme

Five Golden Ticket Winners go through to the West Midlands Community Sports Awards Finals on 30th November 2016 at Aston Villa FC

Enjoy the evening and Good Luck To You All !


Special Recognition Awards

SASSOT Satellite Participant of the Year 2016 – Kieran (Table Tennis)

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SASSOT Satellite Participant Kieran and Amy Pye, Athletics Hurdler

SASSOT Satellite Club of the Year 2016 – North Staffs Rowing Club (Rudyard, Staffordshire Moorlands)

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North Staffs Rowing Club with Cllr Brian Johnson, Staffs Moorlands

SASSOT Sportivate Project of the Year 2016 – Right Stuff Boxing Club (Stafford)


And the Runners Up Were ….

Community Coach of the Year 2016 (Runner Up) – Julie Dolman (Netball, Stafford)

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Julie Dolman with David Pinnock, SASSOT Board Member

Community Club of the Year 2016 (Runner Up) – Stafford & Stone Canoe Club

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Stafford & Stone Canoe Club with Graham MacPherson, Sport England

Aspiring Athlete of the Year 2016 (Runner Up) – Harry Yates (Cyclocross, Lichfield)

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Harry Yates with Angela Dale, SASSOT Board Member

Community Project of the Year 2016 (Runner Up) – Fighting Back Ladies Boxing, Right Stuff Club (Stafford)


Power of Sport Award 2016 (Runner Up) In Association With BBC Radio Stoke – Simon Mear, Burton Albion Community Trust

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Simon Mear with Matt Sandoz, BBC Radio Stoke

Community Volunteer of the Year 2016 (Running Up) – Aisling McCann (Keele University

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Aisling McCann with Cllr Amelia Rout, Newcastle under Lyme

Congratulations to all SASSOT’s
Community Sport Awards 2016
winners and runners up