Sport Woking Awards 2016

Sportsmen and women, budding stars of the future and the cream of local coaching staff were honoured at a prestigious awards ceremony held on Wednesday 12 October, at the H.G. Wells Conference and Events Centre, Woking.

Hosted by Eagle Radio’s Stuart Provan and attended by the Mayor of Woking, Cllr Anne Murray, and former Chelsea and Portugal footballer, Paulo Ferreira, the awards are a fantastic opportunity to applaud the outstanding achievements and contributions made to sport in the Woking area, whilst recognising and rewarding talented local sports performers, coaches, volunteers, teams and clubs.

And, the winners are…

  • The Trotman Trophy – Trevor Wenden, Sheerwater Football Club
  • Gordon’s School Sports Personality of the Year – Dean Freeman, Woking Boxing Club
  • Outstanding Services to Sport – Richard Gammage, Woking Boxing Club
  • Freedom Leisure Young Sports Personality of the Year – Eleanor Piper, Woking Archery Club
  • Eagle Radio Club of the Year – Chobham Rugby Club Mini’s Section
  • Specsavers Young Sports Team of the Year – Meadow Sports Football Club Boy’s U15
  • Active Surrey Coach of the Year – Chris Sexton, Woking Football Club
  • Disability Sports Award – Liz Morley, The Park School
  • SCPFA Young Volunteer of the Year – Dominic Kuk, Woking Squash Club
  • Volunteer of the Year – Debbie Aitken, Park Run
  • Surrey Youth Games Team of the Year – Lacrosse Team
  • Surrey Youth Games Team Manager of the Year – Simon Clifton, Girls Cricket

Speaking at the awards, the Mayor of Woking, Cllr Anne Murray, said: “I would like to extend my congratulations to all the worthy winners who are here this evening, along with everyone who has been nominated for their contributions to sport in the area.

“We have fantastic sportspeople and clubs in our Borough, supported by excellent coaches and volunteers, and evenings like this provide an opportunity to recognise the wealth and diversity of the sporting talent on offer in Woking.”

The winners of each category were presented with a commemorative trophy and will have the chance to represent the Borough at the Surrey County Sports Awards, which will be held on Tuesday 6 December 2016 at H.G. Wells Conference and Events Centre.

Since the first awards to recognise sporting achievements in 1971, the event has grown, with over 300 people attending the evening and over 50 nominations received across nine categories.

The Sport Woking Awards is organised in partnership with Sport Woking and Woking Borough Council.

For further information about the Sport Woking Awards, please contact Matthew Glazier, Woking Borough Council’s Sports Development Officer at matthew.glazier@woking.gov.uk

About the winners

The Trotman Trophy
Trevor Wenden, Sheerwater Football Club

Trevor joined Sheerwater Football Club in 1970 when they were in the Surrey Intermediate League. He soon took on the role as Social Secretary, putting on fundraising events to raise money for the club. It wasn’t long after this he was given the role as Club Secretary, a position he still holds today.

During more than 40 years service at the club, Trevor has been a phenomenal servant, not only to the club, but to local football in general, filling in for every management position where required. He can still be found putting up the nets and running the line on match days, doing the match programme, washing the kit, raising funds and seeking sponsorship. He has single handily kept the club going even when the clubs future was in doubt.

Trevor is one of the most respected individuals in local football has been a role model to youngster’s and after all these years is still totally dedicated to Sheerwater Football Club.

Gordon’s School Sports Personality of the Year
Dean Freeman, Woking Boxing Club

In the past year, Dean has made a meteoric rise within amateur boxing through sheer dedication and hard-work. Since losing his opening bout, Dean has come on leaps and bounds. He persuaded his coaches to enter him in the end of the season in the Haringey International Box-Cup, where he won three fights in three days to take the title home. Dean’s performance was beyond his years and is totally dedicated to the sport.

Outstanding Services to Sport
Richard Gammage, Woking Boxing Club

Richard’s first association with the club began 49 years ago in 1967 when he attended club training sessions. In 1975 he rejoined the club, becoming an Amateur Boxing Association judge and joining the Woking ABC Management Committee, later becoming Club Treasurer, a position he held until he became Club Chairman in 1985, a position he still holds today.

Under Richards’s management the club has developed a coaching structure that has enabled it to take on a large membership, including national and international boxers, ladies training and kids beginner sessions. Richards’s involvement with the club has allowed hundreds of Woking residents to take up the sport of boxing.

Freedom Leisure Young Sports Personality of the Year
Eleanor Piper, Woking Archery Club

Eleanor competes around the country at world or UK record status events. In June, Eleanor went to Hungary representing GB in the European Youth Cup where she was a silver medallist. In the second leg of the tournament, hosted in Romania, she won an individual silver medal and a Girl’s Team bronze.

Eleanor also added two more Overall and U18 National Outdoor Championship titles to her earlier National Indoor Championship Titles in 2016. Eleanor remains securely on the Archery GB Olympic Pathway and is a strong contender for a place to represent Team GB in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Eagle Radio Club of the Year
Chobham Ruby Club Mini’s Section

The 2015/16 season was a record year for Chobham Rugby Minis in many respects. Membership of 428 Year 7 boys and girls was the largest in the clubs history. The club has built a very strong local reputation for inclusivity and has developed a community strategy for schools in the area, with over 600 children taking part in school taster days. A record 350 children took part in the annual schools TAG competition and 60 college students took part in the annual rugby sevens competition.

Specsavers Young Sports Team of the Year
Meadow Sport FC Boys' U15

This squad was formed nine years ago by Mike Waters who is still their manager today. This season the team won the U15 Surrey Youth League (SYL) Fair Play Award Trophy with, for the first time in the league’s history, no bookings or sending’s off and a high respect shown to officials and spectators. This topped off a fantastic season in which they only lost three games. This meant they won the SYL Super League Division, reached the quarter finals of Surrey’s U15 County Cup and won the Meadow FC U15 summer football tournament.

Active Surrey Coach of the Year
Chris Sexton, Woking Football Club

Chris is Lead Community Coach, who this year has started working towards his UEFA B licence qualification. Chris goes above and beyond to deliver a wide range of coaching sessions and projects within schools, local community clubs, care homes and parks. Not only does Chris deliver a number of these coaching sessions himself but he also gives up time to meet with partners and plan new projects across a range of sports, not just football. He is always willing to help partners and local clubs whenever possible.

Disability Sports Award
Liz Morley, The Park School

For many years Liz has worked at The Park School, a secondary school for children with wide ranging disabilities. Liz has gone over and above within her part-time role to dedicate her own time to ensure there have been opportunities for students and others in the community to access inclusive sport.

Liz has inspired hundreds of young people with a range of disabilities to try sport for the first time or develop in a sport they enjoy. Without Liz there would certainly be fewer opportunities for inclusive sport within Woking.

Surrey County Playing Fields Association Young Volunteer of the Year
Dominic Kuk, Woking Squash Club

Dominic has volunteered as a squash coach for the past three years at the club and Surrey Youth Games. Dominic is a reliable and effective coach. He is friendly and attentive to juniors players, coaching with maturity, given his young age and relative inexperience. He received a huge amount of positive feedback from parents of these beginners, all of whom were impressed with the sessions he delivered. He has certainly inspired more young people to take up the sport.

Volunteer of the Year
Debbie Aitken, Park Run

Although Debbie has only been running herself for around five years, she is a fantastic runner and her love for the sport is evident. Debbie is a fantastic Run Leader, tailoring the sessions to meet the needs of all of those who come and encouraging them to develop their skills and enjoy running in a free, safe and supportive environment.

From its beginnings four years ago to now the group continues to thrive and grow and it is Debbie’s unwavering dedication that makes it happen. Debbie is also the Voluntary Event Director of Woking Park Run. Since it began in 2014, over 3,600 different people have participated! Debbie's commitment to setting up and ensuring the continued success provides an opportunity for a wide range of people in the community to be able to participate in sport.

Surrey Youth Games Team of the Year
Lacrosse

This year was only the second time Woking had entered the lacrosse competition at the Surrey Youth Games. With the sessions being so popular, Woking was able to enter two teams of complete novices. Thanks to some great spirit and teamwork, as well some fantastic improvement in the sport, both teams got to the semi-finals, eventually finishing 2nd and 4th, a fantastic achievement considering they were playing against some very experienced teams.

Surrey Youth Games Team Manager of the Year
Simon Clifton, Girls' Cricket

Simon had a huge task of keeping more than 20 girls entertained and interested in cricket each week. The girls loved the training sessions provided and Simon was able to enter two teams, finishing a fantastic 1st and 5th. Simon was instrumental in making this happen.

Nomination criteria

  • Nominees must be a resident, attend a school or be a member of a sports club in the Woking Borough.
  • All achievements must have taken place between 1 June 2015 and 31 August 2016.
  • Nominees are required to meet a minimum of two criteria from the list to be considered for the award.
  • An age criterion applies to some of the award categories - these are displayed where applicable.
  • Categories that have no age restrictions are open to any age. If your nomination is for someone under 18 years old, please ensure their parent/guardian is made aware.
  • The decision of the independent selection panel is final and will be based on the information provided within this application.
  • By nominating, you are giving consent for the nominee to be passed onto county, regional and national awards.

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