Keynsham Town Junior FC among the winners at B&NES Chairman’s Sport Awards 2013
Keynsham Town Junior FC scored a double success when the achievements and dedication of local sports people, volunteers and coaches were celebrated by Bath & North East Somerset Council chairman Councillor Rob Appleyard.
Paralympic heroine Stephanie Millward – the winner of five swimming medals at London 2012 – joined Cllr Appleyard in handing out the Chairman’s Sport Awards 2013 at the Guildhall.
Keynsham were winners in the Junior Sports Club of the Year category and also picked up the Chairman’s Special Award in recognition of their work in the community, including free coaching sessions for local autistic organisation Butterflies and free after-school sessions.
The club also engages with parents and volunteers – encouraging children to develop as players and, latterly, as coaches and referees.
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Minerva Bath, whose membership includes Olympic rowing gold medallist Helen Glover, were named as Sports Club of the Year.
Chairman Elaine Hoyes said: “I doubt there is one sports club in Bath that doesn’t deserve to be a winner, so I am immensely proud that Minerva Bath was chosen as club of the year.
“We have grown exponentially over the last year and this can only happen with a club whose members volunteer so much time, energy and creativity to keep us constantly moving forward. I want to thank them all for this.”
Minerva Bath were also shortlisted for the volunteer of the year award, through long-serving coach Andy Ursell, and the inclusivity award.
City of Bath rhythmic gymnast Lynne Hutchison, who also represented her country at London 2012, took the Young Achiever in Sport prize, while Roger Bird’s 60-year association with Timsbury Cricket Club was rewarded with the Volunteer in Sport accolade.
The Greenhill House boccia team, also from Timsbury, were the winners of the inaugural Contribution to Inclusive Sport award.
All nominees were presented with certificates recognising their contributions, while the winners also claimed a piece of Bath Aqua Blue glass and one-year’s free platinum membership to Aquaterra sports facilities.
Cllr Appleyard said: “I’m delighted to celebrate the marvellous achievements and dedication of our local sports people, volunteers and coaches.
“I hope that their devotion to sporting activities in our communities continues to inspire others to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and get active with the support of B&NES Council.”
Millward added: “It is great to see all the fantastic work that is going on in the community and to be able to reward ordinary people who have gone the extra mile. As far as I am concerned they really are ‘super humans’.”