Congratulations to all of our 2017 Award Winners!
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Aspiring Talent Award - Lucy Walton
Sponsored by Halo Leisure.
A multi-sport star, Lucy has played both hockey and golf at an international level this year. Lucy has been selected as part of the England Schools Golf Team, as well as being part of the England Blue under-17 hockey team
Community Club of the Year - Luctonians Sports Club
Sponsored by Universal Display Ltd.
This year, the club has evolved, expanding its sporting provision and developing in to a thriving multi-sports club. Luctonian's were also successful in raising over £65,000 for their chosen charities and have now established a Charities Group for future fundraising.
Community Project of the Year - Bromsgrove Walking Hockey
This year Bromsgrove Hockey Club have developed walking hockey into a viable sport – a world first! They've successfully launched the sport in Dubai, New Zealand and Australia with enquiries worldwide. Back here, the project has gone from strength-to-strength, now welcoming over 65 members to their local club.
BBC Power of Sport - Callum Williams
Sponsored by BBC Hereford & Worcester.
Callum engaged with sport and physical activity with the help of the Happier, Healthier, Fitter, Stronger programme, a course designed to support and motivate young adults to reduce anti-social behavior and offending.
Cal has been one of the most engaged members the course has ever seen and has returned as a Course Mentor for future groups.
Female Coach of the Year - Melinda Bennett
Sponsored by University of Worcester.
This year, through her hard work and dedication, Melinda has tripled the junior membership at Colwall & Malvern Hockey club. Melinda coached the victorious junior team, with players as young as 7! And she also takes time out to manage four teams at the Colwall and Malvern hockey club, from adults to juniors.
Male Coach of the Year - John Rees
Sponsored by Rivers Fitness.
John was the U20 Women's epee coach at the Junior World Championships this year. Following his achievements, John was recruited to become the talent coach for the British Fencing Talent Pathway in 2017. John is coach to 6 of the top 15 UK junior women epeeists as well as coach to 5 out of the top 7 U20 British women including British number 1.
Disabled Sportsperson of the Year - Craig Allen
Sponsored by Warriors Community Foundation.
Craig has had a great year, representing team GB at the Romanian Open Para Table Tennis U23 Tournament and bringing home gold. He also retained his runner-up title for team GB at the Spanish Open as well as being on the team at the Czech Para open.
Volunteer of the Year - Kevin Parsons
Sponsored by Spirit Executive.
After hosting a rounders fun day last summer, Kevin was inspired to set up a community rounders programme. He trained as a Rounders Activator, he started to lead a Community Rounders evening every Wednesday at Arrow Valley Lake. This ended up with over 25 participants each week including children and adults.
Young Volunteer of the Year - Jacob Ottley
Sponsored by Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce.
Jacob has been producing some of the best wickets that Redditch has seen for many years. He became an integral part of the ground staff, dedicating over 100 hours to Redditch Cricket Club in the past year alone. Jacob also went and took the Association of Groundsmen course last Winter.
Unsung Hero - Ian Johnson
Sponsored by Mann Broadbent Sports Insurers.
Ian delivers hockey coach in Leominster to over 40 children per week, to do this, he set up Kingsland Mini Hockey Club. He became chairman of Leominster Hockey Club and represented Wales in Masters hockey.
Sports School of the Year - Hagley Primary School
Sponsored by HallmarkHulme Solicitors.
The school achieved gold in the School Games Mark. They have been successful in increasing participation in sport, including events specifically for those less active or with special educational needs and disabilities. Finally, they have successfully introduced a daily health and fitness competition aiming to increase the daily activity of every child.
Sports Personality of the Year - Hereford FC
Sponsored by Bullivant Media.
Hereford FC have continued their surge up the non-league ladder this year.
Having claimed the Midland League Premier Division title and reaching the FA Vase Final at Wembley, Hereford FC captured the 2016/17 Southern League Division One South and West title, finishing 26 points clear. They're success hasn't gone unnoticed, securing an impressive average home crowd of 2600.