Deadline draws near for sporting nominations
Residents are reminded that the 20 February deadline to make their West Oxfordshire sporting award nominations and apply for sports grants is now drawing nearer.
West Oxfordshire’s Sports Coach of the Year, Sports Club of the Year and Unsung Hero awards recognize the contribution and commitment of individuals and the achievements of clubs across the district.
Nomination forms can be found at www.westoxon.gov.uk/leisure or by contacting the Council’s leisure team on 01993 861080.
Talented local athletes also have up to 20 February to apply for GLL sport Foundation grants with awards of between £100 and £1,250 available to help with costs such as training.
Applications can be made online at www.gllsportfoundation.org
Cllr Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member for Local Economy, Communities and Culture said, “The awards are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and thank both individuals and a local club for dedicating their time and efforts to helping others. We look forward to receiving nominations as there are so many people in our sporting community who are a real inspiration.”
Commenting on the funding opportunities, Rob Wood, GLL’s Partnership Manager for West Oxfordshire said, “I hope that many rising sports stars in West Oxfordshire will apply. As well as funding support, we will be offering free access to all the leisure centres and facilities we manage for West Oxfordshire District Council.”
The Coach of the Year award recognises an individual who has made a significant impact through coaching, by giving up time to develop and help others within their club or community.
The 2013 award went to Chipping Norton Rugby Club’s senior coach, Andy Dawson. He is director of coaching, director of rugby, grounds man and mentor at the Club.
The Unsung Hero award recognises an individual who has made a significant impact within their club or community. This could range from hosting matches and ground maintenance to securing club funding.
The 2013 award was presented to Norrie Aitkin of Cassington Sports and Social Club. Norrie Aitken is a committed volunteer who puts in many hours maintaining the playing fields, football pitch, cricket pitch and the area surrounding the clubs such as car park, paths and hard standings around the pavilion.
The Club of the Year award recognises the achievements of a club that is committed to its members, local community and sport.
Carterton Gymnastics Club was crowned Sports Club of the Year in recognition of its achievements and links with the local community. The Club provides coaching for all ages and has 100 children participating at all levels. Last year they coached an elite squad to county and regional level and coached a veteran gymnast to national level, achieving second place in the GB veteran competition
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