County Sports Awards Winners Unveiled
The winners of the 2016 Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sports Awards were revealed on Thursday 17th March at the ceremony at Southampton Football Club.
The event was presented by Kris Temple from BBC South Today, with special guest Olympic Bronze medallist James Foad inspiring the guests during the break. The evening began with Pianist – Nathalie Ryan entertaining the guests while they looked back at a number of projects and campaigns that Sport Hampshire & IOW has been involved with that have all built on the legacy of 2012 including: Project 500, The Hampshire Games, This Girl Can, Satellite Clubs and Workplace Challenge.
Basingstoke & Deane was well represented at the awards with 11 nominations among the 18 award categories and four winners with Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy winning the London 2012 Legacy Award.
Sport Hampshire and IOW say about London 2012 Legacy Award
The London 2012 Legacy Award will be given to an individual/organisation who have used the Satellite Club funding in an innovative and inspirational way to establish a satellite club that has allowed 11-25yr olds greater opportunities to participate in fun, safe and quality sport.
- Give a brief introduction to the satellite club, explaining why it is exceptional; include examples of outstanding coaches, inspirational participants, overcoming challenges etc.
- How the club has targeted Inactive Young People.
- Strategies employed for sustaining the transition into long term participation in community sport.
- What wider impact has the club has, include personal and social outcomes achieved and partnership working.
London Legacy 2012 Award – Bryan Andrews Head Coach Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts and Dove House School
“We’re really pleased as a club to win this prestigious award. The Dove House Judo club is a first for Hampshire, it’s the first dedicated Special Needs club in the County and we believe the only Satellite Martial Arts Club link with a Special Needs school.
It’s great for those children who are unsporty or those who are not good at team sports. It is also a great way for them to learn high quality Martial Arts from qualified and knowledgeable coaches. We work hard with all the members to help them succeed to the best of their ability. It’s great to have the opportunity to celebrate local success in the County and for the younger kids from our club, seeing all the different competitors at the awards gives them a chance to see what they can achieve of they continue to work hard.
I’d like to thank Sport Hampshire and IOW and in particular Priya Samuel for her unstinting support and our local MP Maria Miller who has been a great supporter of what we do. The British Judo Associations Regional Service Manager Peter Beard helped to identify the source of the funding and in writing the bid itself and supporting us through the entire process and provided funding support as well. The Fighting Chance Project with their Yellow Belt Challenge also played a key role in providing funding to start and keep the club running with new members. Most of all I have to thank each and every child, teaching them is great fun.” Bryan Andrews Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy.
Becky Wilson – Head of PE at Dove House School Academy commented “We are over the moon on winning the award and obviously very proud. Pupils had all their fingers crossed when the nominations were read out and the looks on their faces just showed what it meant to them when the results were given out. We will return back to school and share our success during assembly. I’m hoping it will inspire yet more attendees to the already over subscribed club.”
http://basingstokejudo.com/dove-house-celebration-30th-oct-2015 Maria Miller came to visit us at the end of 2015 to see for herself what a good satellite club looks like.
The annual celebration of sport was hosted and run by Hampshire County Council and Sport Hampshire & IOW and is an annual joint venture between them and the Local Sports Councils & Forums in Hampshire. It is the only county-wide event to publicly reward commitment, performance and excellence across all sports, in coaching, volunteering, participation and performance.
Cllr Andrew Gibson, Executive Member for Culture and Recreation of Hampshire County Council commented: “The annual Hampshire & IOW Sports Awards are a fantastic way to celebrate the amazing achievements and efforts of our sporting community. Opportunities to recognise the people who dedicate themselves to sport, both participants and those who make sport happen, are often very few at a local level. All the nominees and winners should feel very proud of their achievements and their impact on so many in the local community.”
A record number of athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, teams and clubs were put forward to receive an award, over three hundred and twenty nominations. The high number of entries underlines not only the strength in depth of sporting talent in the county, but also the commitment and dedication of the unsung heroes – the coaches, volunteers and officials – who work tirelessly behind the scenes to help local athletes, teams and clubs succeed.
We were also delighted to launch our first charitable fundraising partnership in support of Allegra’s Ambition, helping young people to improve their lives through sport and nature. Sport Hampshire & IOW is now a registered charity and as a charity will be continuing their work to achieve its purpose of inspiring more people, to be more active, more often across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight promoting sport and healthy recreation and to increase levels of participation in sport and physical activity.
Allegra’s focus on the impact that taking part in sport has on the lives of young people accords closely with Sport Hampshire & IOW’s culture, philosophy and vision.
We are very lucky to have the support of BBC Radio Solent and Maximus Media as well as our sponsors for our Sports Awards: local organisations Halo Conferences at Southampton Football Club, Hargrove cycles, Calshot Activities Centre, Hampshire Olympic & Paralympic Legacy, Sport Hampshire & IOW Satellite Club Initiative, Serious Sport, Toucan Design, Better Printing, InTandem Systems, Coaching Hampshire & IOW, Southampton Solent University and Hillcrest Structural Limited.