Community Sport and Recreation Awards 2012 winners announced
The winners of the 2012 Sport and Recreation Alliance Community Sport and Recreation Awards, formerly the Sports Club of the Year Awards, have been decided. The overall winner is supported by sponsor RSA.
Outstanding sport and recreational clubs, projects and schemes spanning golf, rowing, sailing, archery and an innovative bike project that helps young people with mental health issues to lead independent lives have all been recognised.
The judging panel, chaired by the BBC’s Eleanor Oldroyd, commended the quality of the shortlist and the outstanding examples and practices that were shown in the areas of volunteer management, school links, green thinking and innovative projects.
Eleanor Oldroyd said: “With London 2012 around the corner it’s a fitting time for grassroots clubs, schemes and projects to be recognised for the tremendous work they carry out in local communities up and down the country. The Olympics and Paralympics are all about celebrating the diversity of sport and this mirrors what the essence of the Community Sport and Recreation Awards is all about.”
This year’s winning organisations represented a move away from more traditional categories to include a wider variety of activities, including a pioneering chess project that has been rolled out in state schools with ambitious plans to eventually reach every school in the UK.
Tim Lamb, chief executive of the Alliance said: “The awards are an annual highlight for grassroots sport and recreation. It’s the work of these clubs and organisations that create cohesive communities, more happy and motivated people and a pool of talent for the future.
“The positive effect that these organisations have on society must not be underestimated and we are glad that these awards give them the recognition they deserve. We want these awards to grow and we encourage even more clubs and projects to excel and tell us their stories next year.”
The winners will be presented with their awards at the Alliance’s Annual General Meeting in July which takes place at St. James’s Palace. Presentations will be made by the organisation’s president, HRH The Earl of Wessex.
A list of the Community Sport and Recreation Award winners 2012 are as follows:
- South Staffordshire Sailing Club – Community Sport and Recreation Premier Award, sponsored by the RSA
- Everton FC’s Everton in the Community– Professional Club Award
- Deer Park Archers – Volunteer Management
- Addington Court Golf Club – School Links
- Staunton Harold Sailing Club – Green Thinking
- Bristol Hospital Education Service – Innovative Project
- Chess in Schools and Communities – Highly Commended
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