West Midlands Community Sports Awards 2018

Friday 14th December 2018

SASSOT would like to congratulate Community project Our Parks (Hednesford) and North Staffordshire based trampolining coach Jenny Masterman for being recognised for their commitment to grassroots sport after being named amongst the winners of the prestigious West Midlands Community Sports Awards 2018.

The West Midlands Community Sports Awards, in association with The University of Birmingham and the BBC, highlight the power of sport by recognising sports clubs, projects and individuals that have made a difference in their local community.

Last Thursday, 6th December saw over 100 nominees from across the West Midlands come together for an evening showcased by the BBC. Winners from the SASSOT Community Sports Awards were represented in all award categories on the evening with two taking home the regional winners crown.

During the ceremony another local winner was presented with their award, this time from Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Primary PE and Sport Premium Awards 2018. Congratulations to John of Rolleston Primary School for winning the category “Physical Activity and Health Enhancing Initiatives”.


West Midlands Community Sports Awards Winners:


Community Project of the Year – Our Parks (Hednesford)

Our Parks (Hednesford) initiative provides all year round free Box Fit and Bootcamp group exercise classes in Hednesford Park on a Sunday morning and Monday and Thursday evenings. The sessions are led by experienced fully qualified insured instructors and utilises bespoke technology to enable residents to register for classes, as well as communicate with other park users to provide a fitter and more socially active community.

This project has made a significant impact on the health of residents in Cannock Chase e.g. engaging with women and 35-54 year olds. One of the reasons for its success was getting the right coach, Gordan Price, who has made the participants feel part of something.


(Photo credit: Mark Assinder)


Community Coach of the Year – Jennifer Masterman

Jennifer Masterman has been trampolining for 30 years and 20 of those have been spent coaching. Jenny offers classes for children, adults and those with disabilities. She also runs a squad and has recently coached her first member through to Regional Finals. Trampolining is both her job and her passion.

Jenny has worked tirelessly to progress the competitive side of trampolining by developing a strong squad of girls and boys aged from 5 to 16 who compete either at Invitational or Regional Level depending on ability. She works hard to develop not only their individual skills but their ability to work as a team to support and encourage each other both at training and when competing – watching how the older members support the much younger ones and vice versa is inspiring.  The squads hard work and dedication to Jenny is evident through the hours they train, and the growing number of trophies won at each competition; last year Jenny proudly coached her first squad member through to the Regional finals!


(Photo credit: Mark Assinder)


West Midlands PE & Sport Premium Awards:

Category: Physical Activity and Health Enhancing Initiatives      

Winner: John of Rolleston Primary School

John of Rolleston Primary introduced active learning across the curriculum and across the school. The project started in the Autumn term by sending the English, Maths and PE lead on training (Active Maths and Active Literacy). PE Lead, Nicola Bourke, then ran a training session for all staff during an INSET. Staff were also given the opportunity to have a go at a variety of activities ranging across all key stages and curriculum areas. The enthusiasm of the PE lead during the session ensured all staff were on board with the project. All staff are now regularly including active learning into their lessons and it has become part of the school culture. Going forward the PE lead is keen to involve parents in an active learning workshop to understand the importance of reducing sedentary behaviours in their pupils.




SASSOT Sports Awards Winners / West Midlands Community Sports Awards nominees:


Aspiring Talent – Mackenzie Heath (Leek Hockey Club)

Mackenzie started playing hockey aged 11. At 14 Mackenzie was called up to England U16 Boys squad and gained his first England caps in a Tri-Nations Tournament. Mackenzie enjoys helping younger players develop and has recently achieved Level 1 Assistant Sports Coach. Mackenzie now delivers Junior GK Coaching at Leek Hockey Club.


Community Club of the Year – Cannock Hockey Club (Cannock) 

The club describe themselves as a big family. Run by volunteers, they try to be as inclusive as possible and provide sessions that cater for different levels and abilities. Through interaction with local schools, they have increased the opportunity for young people to play. The club also supports members who are interested in coaching to develop their skills and gain qualifications.



(Left: Cannock Hockey Club, right: Our Parks. Photo credit: Mark Assinder)


Power of Sport – Homam Naser Al-Din (City of Stoke-on-Trent 6th Form College) 

Homam moved to England 2 years ago with his family after fleeing Syria due to war. College has provided him with the opportunity to access and take part in a variety of sports and activities that he had never tried before. Sport has helped Homam develop confidence, employability skills (including teamwork, communication and leadership), friendships and it has also helped him improve his English, aiding his motivation, commitment and focus in College.




Jane Kracke, SASSOT’s Interim Director, commented “These awards serve to showcase some of the amazing work taking place across the West Midlands to improve lives through sport and physical activity.  We have some really dedicated individuals and organisations who commit huge amounts of time and energy to making a difference across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, and we are delighted that three of our local award winners went on to win the regional awards”.

Congratulations to everyone from the SASSOT team. We want to thank all SASSOT Community Sports Awards nominees also.

You can view all of the West Midlands Community Sports Awards Winners on the website here.

You can find all of the SASSOT Community Sports Awards Winners and Runners up here.