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Rushcliffe Sports Awards 2016

On Wednesday 23 November 2016, the Rushcliffe Sports Awards took place at The Becket School in West Bridgford. The awards ceremony celebrates the hard work and success of young athletes, teams, coaches and volunteers across the borough.

The evening started with Councillor John Cottee, Portfolio Holder for Communities, welcoming guests and giving a review of sport in the borough this year. This was followed by the celebration of our 2016 award winners who were welcomed on stage to receive their trophies - congratulations to this year’s winners:

Community Coach of the Year: Phil Rhodes - Boots Hockey Club

Phil ensures club development from grass roots and youth level to pushing the Men’s 1st team to promotion. As well as this, Phil is heavily involved in the England Hockey Regional programme.

Junior Volunteer of the Year: Emily Townsend - West Bridgford School

Emily is a Year 10 student at West Bridgford School who was very quickly chosen for the Leadership Academy programme. This year she has achieved 201 volunteer hours and has helped out with a variety of clubs and sports at school.

Volunteer of the Year: Laura Mason - Boots Hockey Club

Laura is a dedicated & passionate club member, taking on the roles of Club Secretary, Communications Officer & Facilities Officer. She also umpires regularly and raises money for a charity close to the club’s heart.

Primary School Team of the Year: East Bridgford St Peters Boys - Table Tennis Team

East Bridgford St Peters Boys Table Tennis Team became the County Champions in December, runners up in the National Zonal and Regional finals and represented the East Midlands at the England Table Tennis National Regional Championships.

Secondary School of the Year:Rushcliffe School - U13 Girls Handball

The Year 8 girls from Rushcliffe School made history by becoming the first school, not only from Nottingham, but from the East Midlands to win the National Handball Finals, beating over 1000 schools. To get to the finals the girls won the Rushcliffe competition, qualifying for the Nottinghamshire School Games finals.

Dave Bullas Primary School Games Award: Radcliffe on Trent Junior School

Dave Bullas Secondary School Games Award: The West Bridgford School

Club of the Year: Rushcliffe Athletics Club

Rushcliffe Athletics Club achieved some great results in 2016 such as: Mini League Champions at Cross Country; 10 teams at the National Cross Country Relay; 2 Midlands Champions; 3 athletes qualified for the English Championships. As well as this, the club hosted a ParalympicGB fundraiser event through the #supercharge initiative where £1000 was raised to support Team GB at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

Roll of Honour: Tim Dunne – Swimming, Football & Triathlon

Tim unexpectedly passed away earlier this year.  He was actively involved in a number of sports clubs in Rushcliffe, as an athlete, coach and volunteer. The clubs he was involved in, West Bridgford Colts Hurricanes, Portland Swimming Club, Rushcliffe Swimming Club, 4Life Triathlon Club, Rushcliffe Triathlon Club and TFN, all felt it fitting to recognise his commitment and dedication by nominating him for this award.

Junior Sportsperson of the Year:

All short listed athletes in this category have been given a FANS membership which gives them free access to the borough’s leisure facilities to help with their training.  They have also received a grant to support them with the costs associated at competing in a sport at national and international level.

Junior Sportsperson of the Year: Ellie Downie

At the age of just 17, Ellie successfully competed at the Rio 2016 Olympics, representing Team GB. Ellie also achieved Silver for Great Britain at the 2016 European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships & is a member of Notts Gymnastics Academy.

Once again we were joined by players from our fantastically supportive professional clubs with Jake Libby and Brett Hutton from Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, Nottingham Forest players Apostolos Vellios and Nicolao Dumitru and from Nottingham Rugby Club, captain Matt Everard and player Ben Morris.

The event also welcomed Olympic and Paralympic special guests onto the stage, the first being Penny Briscoe MBE who talked about her experiences of working as Chef De Mission in Rio for ParalympicsGB. This was followed by Olympic gymnasts Ellie and Becky Downie and Para-canoeist Rob Oliver sharing their experiences of Rio. We also heard from the coaches that supported our athletes on their road to Rio – Dez Atkins High Performance Rowing Coach at Nottingham Rowing Club, helping Paralympic Gold medallist Grace Clough to reach her goal and Luke Sweet, Colin Radmore and Matt Lawrence who coached the para-canoe squad at Holme Pierrepont. All gave some great words of advice to our young aspiring athletes in the audience.

Rushcliffe Sports Awards 2015

Rushcliffe’s Sportspeople, coaches and volunteers are honoured during Sports Awards night

The 2015 Rushcliffe Sports Awards took place on Wednesday 25 November at The Becket School, celebrating the outstanding sporting achievements from the past year from across the borough. The evening started with Councillor John Cottee, Portfolio Holder for Community Services, welcoming guests to recognise the dedication and commitment of the borough’s athletes, coaches and volunteers. 

Special guests included players from our professional clubs - Nottingham Rugby Club’s Dan Montagu and Viliami Hakalo, Luke Fletcher & Steven Mullaney from Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and Nottingham Forest ambassador John McGovern. 

Awards were also presented by Simon Starr, Director of Sport Nottinghamshire, Dan Philpotts, Head of Academy at South Nottinghamshire Academy, Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council, Councillor Neil Clarke MBE, Councillor John Cottee and The Mayor of Rushcliffe, Councillor Francis Purdue-Horan.

Rugby featured strongly in the list of winners with Nottingham Touch Rugby Club winning Club of the Year and club coach Chris Simon picking up the Community Coach of the Year award.  West Bridgford Rugby Club’s Graeme Gunn won Volunteer of the Year and Nottingham Corsairs U17’s collected the Junior Team of the Year Award.

Nottingham Rugby Club’s Steve Smith took to the stage with players Dan Montague and Viliami Hakalo for a question and answer session with host Andrew James.  Dan and Viliami talked to the audience about their experiences and highlights of playing in the first international for Nottingham Rugby since 1877, when World Cup side Tonga visited the Bay earlier this year.  Steve spoke about the clubs academy and community programme, including the award winning Little Ruggers, which engages with 2-5 year olds and their families.

The evening also highlighted some of the amazing talent in Rushcliffe through the recognition of the borough’s junior sportspeople. Six athletes were awarded with a FANS membership which gives them free access to the borough’s leisure facilities, a £250 grant to support them with the costs associated with competing at national and international level. They also received some sports clothing from local kit supplier PlayerLayer, who kindly sponsored this category.‌


Ellie Downie – Gymnastics; GB senior squad

Joel Leon Benitez – Athletics - Pole Vault; England U20 and GB (World Youth Athletics Championships)

Jack Crowston – Ice Hockey; England U15’s

Ashleigh Plumptre – Football; England U17’s & U19’s

Zyggy Chmiel – Canoeing (Marathon); GB (Juniors)

Megan Langton – Swimming; competed in 4 National British Swimming Championship Finals

All six athletes were short listed in the Junior Sportsperson of the year category, which was awarded to gymnast Ellie Downie. 

Congratulations to all the winners:

Junior Team of the Year – Nottingham Corsiars U17’s

Team of the Year – Rushcliffe Squash Club First Team

Community Coach of the Year – Chris Simon (Nottingham Touch Rugby Club)

Primary School Team of the Year – Radcliffe On Trent Junior School Yr 5/6 Sports Hall Athletics

Junior Volunteer of the Year – Katie Harker (The Becket School) and Claire Dickinson (Cliftonettes Netball Club)

Volunteer of the Year – Graeme Gunn (West Bridgford Rugby Club)

The Dave Bullas School Games Award - Primary - Radcliffe Junior School and East Bridgford St Peters Primary Academy

The Dave Bullas School Games Award – Secondary - The West Bridgford School

Junior Sportsperson of the Year - Ellie Downie (Notts Gymnastics Club)

Club of the Year – Nottingham Touch Rugby Club

Roll of Honour – Norman Randall (Radcliffe Sword Club); Anthony Lorrimer (Nottingham Rowing Club); Glyn Turner (St Peter’s Junior School, Ruddington)


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