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Blaby Sports Awards honours local sporting heroes

Blaby LSA Sports Awards 2015With eight categories, 16 finalists and a vast array of local sporting talent; the sixth annual Blaby Local Sports Alliance (LSA) Sports Awards took place on Tuesday 24 November at Countesthorpe College.

Sponsored by Glebe Garden Centre the event recognises sports people, coaches and volunteers in the community who excel at making Blaby District the best place for sport and physical activity.

One of the most hotly contested categories was for Young Sports Team of the year; with Thomas Estley Girls FC runners-up. This remarkable team became English champions for the second year in a row at the Madejski Stadium, Reading, while also winning the County Cup, South Leicestershire Championship and were crowned Blaby and Harborough champions without conceding a goal.

However it was swim team Leicester Sharks who took the honour. The team racked up an incredible 233 medals in the Leicestershire ASA County Championships. Eight talented youngsters also competed in the British National Championships, while three took part in the International Children’s Games in the Netherlands.

Dodgeball side Leicester City Ligers took the title of Sports Team of the Year, becoming the first team ever to win the National Championship via the wildcard qualifying route. In other categories, 10-year-old running sensation Destiny Nicholson won Young Sportsperson of the Year. Lizzie Warner, who won silver at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa, was runner-up.

In the Sports Person of the Year category, cycling prodigy Grace Garner narrowly missed out on winning the award for the second year in a row, with runner Nicki Nealon taking the honour. Nicki represented England Masters in the International Cross Country, winning silver and team gold. Alongside this, her victory in the Bridlington Half Marathon took her total number of race victories for local team Huncote Harriers to 298.

Richard Moore was given the LSA Special Recognition Award for 30 years of tireless dedication to Enderby Gymnastics Club, delivering sessions to over 60 gymnasts.

Councillor Sheila Scott
Cllr. Sheila Scott

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Health Improvement & Leisure Services and Chair of the Blaby District LSA, said:

“This was one of the strongest years we’ve ever had and picking a winner for each category was incredibly hard! These awards are our chance to honour everyone involved in sport in this district, whether they are volunteer or at the pinnacle of their chosen sport.

“I’m so proud that we have such sporting talent in Blaby District and I hope they all continue their hard work long into the future!”

Full list of winners and runners-up:

Active 4 Life – Health and Wellbeing Award
Runner-Up – Jeff Hurd
Winner – Pauline and John Osband

Volunteer of the Year
Runner-Up – Will Johnson
Winner – Barry Hibberd

Coach of the Year
Runner-Up – Liam O’Sheehan
Winner – Guy Worrow

Young Sports Team of the Year
Runner-Up – Thomas Estley Girls FC
Winner – Leicester Sharks Swim Team

Sports Team of the Year
Runner-Up – Countesthorpe U19 Girls FC
Winner – Leicester City Ligers Dodgeball

Young Sports Person of the Year
Runner-Up – Lizzie Warner (Archery)
Winner – Destiny Nicholson (Running)

Sports Person of the Year
Runner-Up – Grace Garner (Cycling)
Winner – Nicki Nealon (Running)

LSA Special Recognition Award
Runner-Up – Nigel Williams
Winner – Richard Moore

Enderby folk have a chance to honour a local sporting superstar

134-sports-awardsEnderby folk, along with other residents of Blaby District, are being given the opportunity to nominate their sporting heroes in the sixth Blaby District Local Sports Alliance Awards.

Taking place on Tuesday 24 November 2015, the awards will be hosted at Countesthorpe Community College and nominations can be made up until Sunday 25 October 2015.

Nominations can be made in the following categories:
– Volunteer of the Year
– Coach of the Year
– Team of the Year (16+)
– Young Team of the Year
– Sports Person of the Year (16+)
– Sports Person (with a disability) of the Year (16+)
– Young Sports Person of the Year (under 16)
– Young Sports Person (with a disability) of the Year (under 16)
– Active 4 life – Health & Wellbeing Award
– Blaby LSA Special Recognition award

Councillor Sheila Scott, portfolio holder for Health Improvement and Leisure Services at Blaby District Council, said:

“These awards recognise the individuals and sport clubs that make an outstanding contribution to sport or health related activities in the district.

“It is not just about those who compete; the awards also celebrate the volunteers who give up their spare time to coach or those that often go unnoticed, but work tirelessly behind the scenes to help a club run smoothly.”

To view the criteria for each award or to nominate visit http://www.sportblaby.org.uk/sports-awards-2015 or contact the Health and Leisure Services team at leisure@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7703.

Enderby Dodgeball Academy Juniors hold an Awards Party

enderby dodgeball awards 2015On Sunday January 25th, Enderby Junior Dodgeballers celebrated their first anniversary by holding an Enderby Junior Dodgeball Awards party.

The junior group began in January 2014 and has enjoyed significant popularity throughout its first twelve months. Sessions are held weekly on Sunday mornings at Enderby Leisure Centre

The first hour (9.30am-10.30am) is for 5-10 year olds and the second hour (10.30am-11.30am) is for 11-14 year olds. Player subscription for each session is just £2. New for 2015, the 1st session is free for new members.

The Junior club is run by Head of Youth Development Liam O’Sheehan.

A good number of awards were made for commitment, most improved player and winners of individual competitions (some snapshots, posted on the Junior Dodgeball Facebook Page are reproduced below).

The ceremony took place prior to a party in Studio 2 of the Enderby Leisure Centre and before presenting the awards, coach Liam O’Sheehan said the players had really taken the sport to heart and shown great commitment. He said the standard achieved in the first year had been exceptionally high.

Awards were in the shape of small engraved trophies and medallions and a message on the Junior Club’s Facebook page says …. “A big thankyou to ‘ezee-trophies.co.uk‘ who saved the day when the [original] supplier let us down with just 48hrs notice.”

The Junior Membership Pack (PDF) is available to view/download here

Address:

Enderby Leisure Centre
Mill Lane, Enderby, Leicester, LE19 4LX

email: enderbydodgeball@googlemail.com

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Who is your local sporting superstar?

sporting heroResidents in Enderby and elsewhere in Blaby District are being urged to nominate key players for the fifth Blaby Local Sports Alliance Awards.

The awards, which take place on Wednesday November 26 at Countesthorpe Community College, celebrate the sporting success of individuals and teams throughout the district.

Nominations are now being accepted in the following categories:
• Volunteer/Official/Coach of the Year
• Team of the Year
• Sports Person of the Year
• Young Team of the Year
• Young Sports Person of the Year
• Active 4 Life – Health & Wellbeing Award
• Junior Active 4 Life – Health & Wellbeing Award
• Blaby LSA Special Recognition Award
• School Games Recognition Award

Councillor Sheila Scott, portfolio holder for Health Improvement and Leisure Services at Blaby District Council, said:

“The awards recognise individuals and sport clubs that make an outstanding contribution to sport or health related activities in the district.

“It is not just about those who compete, the awards also celebrate the volunteers who give up their spare time to coach or those that often go unnoticed, but work tirelessly behind the scenes to help a club run smoothly.”

This year Glebe Garden Centre in Countesthorpe has joined as the award’s new main sponsor.

There’s still the chance to sponsor a category for only £50 each, to find out more get in touch on the contact details below.

To view the criteria for each award or to nominate someone specials please visit www.sportblaby.org.uk/sports-awards-2014 or contact the Health and Leisure Services team at leisure@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7703.

Nominations close on Sunday October 26, and the ceremony will take place on Wednesday November 26 at Countesthorpe Community College.

Nominate your neighbourhood superstars

outstanding achievement awardsThe search is on to find and honour community champions in the Blaby District.

The Outstanding Achievement Awards, which celebrated running for a decade last year, are back and this time with four new categories and a new main sponsor.

Friends, family and workmates are being asked to put forward individuals or groups who they think deserve recognition for making a difference in their community.

The categories are:

  •  Good friend/good neighbour
  •  Volunteer of the year
  •  Young achiever of the year
  •  Best community group/community achievement
Cllr Ernie White
Cllr Ernie White: So many people doing wonderful things in our district

Council Leader Ernie White said:

“Following a fantastic ten years I am delighted to announce the Outstanding Achievement Awards are back and this time with Casepak as the new main sponsor, as well as four new categories to submit nominations for.

“There are so many people doing wonderful things in our district and it is important we recognise their achievements. I’m looking forward to seeing which local heroes we can uncover this time round.”

The 2014 awards have received generous sponsorship from Casepak, Fosse Shopping Park, Ford & Slater, Leicester Marriott and Westleigh Developments ltd.

Finalists will be invited to a presentation dinner on Thursday 2 October 2014 where cash prizes and awards will be presented to the winners and runners up.

Nominations can be submitted online at www.blaby.gov.uk/awards or you can request a form by contacting the communications team at public.relations@blaby.gov.uk or by calling 0116 272 7577.

The deadline for entries is Saturday 9 August 2014.