SASSOT Community Sports Awards Winners & Runners up
We are happy to announce the winners and runners up of the SASSOT Community Sports Awards 2018! Congratulations to everyone and thank you to all applicants.
Community Coach of the Year – Jenny Masterman (Jump 2 It Coaching and North Staffs Trampolining)
Jenny has been trampolining for 30 years and 20 of those have been spent coaching. She offers a range of classes for those with disabilities, and runs a squad having coached her first member through to the Regional finals. Trampolining is both her job and her passion!
Aspiring Talent – Mackenzie Heath (Leek Hockey Club)
Since he started playing hockey aged 11, Mackenzie has been called up to the England u16 Boys squad and gained his first England caps in a Tri-Nations Tournament. Mackenzie takes a great interest in helping younger players develop; he has worked with a local training provider to achieve a Level 1 Assistant Sports Coach award.
Community Club of the Year – Cannock Hockey Club (Cannock)
Cannock Hockey Club’s community coach programme is ran by volunteers with the aim to inspire the communities that surround the club to be active through hockey. Over 10 schools from 3 surrounding districts have been engaged, to showcase hockey both in the curriculum and as an after-school opportunity.
Community Project of the Year – Our Parks (Hednesford Park) (Cannock)
The Our Parks initiative provides all year round free Box Fit and Bootcamp group exercise classes in Hednesford Park to create a fitter and more socially active community. Our Parks has had a positive impact on local residents, and has managed to engage with women and 35-54 year olds.
Power of Sport – Homam Naser Al-Din (City of Stoke-on-Trent 6th Form College)
Homam has lived in England for just over 2 years having moved here from Lebanon with his family after fleeing Syria due to war. He has used sport to settle in to both College and life in England, taking part in a great variety of sports and activities.
Community Coach of the Year Runner Up & Special Recognition Award – Clive Gibson
Clive Gibson has been coaching for over 15 years. Clive set up the Special Olympics in 2003 which is dedicated to giving people with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate and compete in sport, with a pathway into professional opportunities. Although he has recently retired, that isn’t going to stop Clive, and he will continue to give his time and boundless skills to coaching and driving forward disability sport.
Aspiring Talent Runner Up – Cassie Taylor
Cassie is an inspirational young karateka who has continued to show huge improvements since first taking up the sport at school 4 years ago. She has been selected to represent Wadokai England in European competitions for the last two years which culminated in her winning the gold medal at this year’s Wadokai World Karate Championships in Kata and also winning Silver in Kumite.
Community Club of the Year Runner Up – Wootton Cricket Club
For 26 years Wootton Cricket Club has gone from strength to strength. In 1991, the group began to create of ‘a field of dreams’ with the clear intention of providing cricketing opportunities for local youngsters. Their original aim of providing cricketing opportunities has been well and truly met; the vast majority of the senior players began their careers as junior players of Wootton CC.
Community Project of the Year Runner Up – Penkridge Runners
Penkridge Runners was established in 2014 by Martin Leek to encourage people to get out running and get fit. They are a Local Community Running Group for both beginners and established runners; over the past 12 months the numbers have grown significantly. No one is left out. The group has not only become a running club, but has also created a new social circuit for many members, forming many new friendships and relationships.
Power of Sport Runner Up – Libby Foxall
Libby started trampolining (at a late age compared to many) when she was 16. It was always something she was interested in but didn’t have the confidence to take part in such an activity throughout her childhood and early teenage years. She has now passed a Level 1 Coaching Course and is preparing for the Level 2. Libby intends to pursue trampolining coaching as a career/ job when she finishes her life skills course at college.
Well done to everyone from SASSOT.
The winners will now go on to represent Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent in the West Midlands Sports Awards on Thursday 6th December 2018.