On Monday 15th November 2010, 19 volunteers were recognised for their work in sports volunteering at the Army and Navy Club for the 48th anniversary.
Presented by His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO, each winner received their award for outstanding contributions after being nominated by their National Governing Body.
Full details can be found below.
Muriel Adams – Lawn Tennis Association
Muriel has been an outstanding volunteer for Tennis Scotland and the North East of Scotland LTA for more than 20 years, giving selflessly of her time in many different areas of the game. She is also President of Cults Tennis Club and has recently helped to steer the Club to achieve Clubmark.
Muriel is also proactive in supporting tennis in schools, as well as refereeing a variety of tournaments in Scotland.
The Lawn Tennis Association state that Muriel’s energy, wisdom and commitment to tennis in Scotland has been, and remains, invaluable.
Pat Agnew – Scottish Disability Sport
Pat Agnew started a swimming club 15 years ago, with the help of Don McFarlane, for young people with a disability so that they could practice and improve their swimming. The club has flourished but realising there was no opportunity to allow the swimmers to progress to the next level, Pat established the Lothian Regional Disability Swimming Squad. Pat also now coaches the Junior National Disability Squad.
Pat’s real success, however, is nurturing unconfident and hesitant swimmers to improve and gain confidence in their swimming and in life generally.
One of the Awards is linked to DAKS’ sponsorship and it was agreed to recognise Pat in this connection, noting DAKS’ strong links with Scotland and the importance of sport for disabled people.
Les Ainsworth – British Mountaineering Council
For more than 46 years Les has worked tirelessly for climbers. In 1964 he began collating information on climbs in the North West, exploring the potential of quarries, outcrops and new climbs. Shortly after his first article was published in The Climber, which provided the impetus for his next two projects – the publication of the first pure rock climbing magazine and the first edition of “Lancashire, A Guide to Rock Climbs”.
More recently, as the Access Representative Les has spent considerable time negotiating with local landowners and organisations to secure access agreements in the North West.
Les’s contribution to climbing has been unique in its longevity, consistency and single-mindedness. One of the great characters of climbing he has led by example for over 40 years.
Laurie Alcock – England Hockey Board
Known as ‘Mr. Hockey’, Laurie has undertaken a tremendous amount of voluntary work at all levels of the game for over 50 years. Respected and trusted by people of all ages, he is classed as a gentleman by his peers, colleagues and all involved in the sport in the Midlands Region. Laurie’s colleagues say that in every role he takes on he offers tireless commitment and expertise in an unassuming manner. In his own town of Cannock he has been instrumental in the club’s success regionally, nationally and internationally.
The President of the European Hockey Federation, Martin Gotheridge states “Laurie’s voluntary contribution to Cannock, Staffordshire, Midlands and England Hockey has been immeasurable and I cannot think of anyone more deserving of the Award”.
Tim Barzycki – Volleyball England
Joining Spalding Volleyball Club with little experience of the game, within three years Tim was running it. Gaining a Level 1 Coaching Award and working part time at Spalding Youth Centre, Tim encouraged many young people at the centre to participate. Going on to achieve his Level 2 Coaching Award, Tim identified a need for a separate club and established Spalding Youth Volleyball, which has seen over 100 young people pass through the club in the last ten years.
Tim worked to ensure the Club achieved Clubmark status, the first Volleyball Club to do so, leading to the club receiving the 2004 Lincolnshire Sports Partnership Community Club of the Year award. He then established Spalding Junior Volleyball for 10-12 year olds. All three Clubs are prospering and Tim remains an integral part of their organisation.
Jean Beagley -British Judo Association
Jean took up Judo in 1964 at 30 years of age when her three sons were members of the local Club and within two years she had gained the prestigious 1st Dan – Black Belt – and was a British Judo squad player. Later Jean became a national and international referee and then an Examiner.
Jean began her coaching career in 1970 and for 40 years has dedicated her time to developing and encouraging young players. Throughout this time Jean has continued to coach her local club and has been instrumental in seeing the club move from a local Church Hall to its own purpose built new premises – staging a sit in at the local council offices on the way! Suffering a stroke in 2004, Jean used Judo as a therapy to regain her mobility and fitness. Jean is indeed an exceptional individual.
Malcolm Grant – Archery GB
Malcolm has competed in different archery disciplines and has achieved Bowman classification in both Recurve and Compound. He also enjoys shooting Longbow and taking part in both Field and Target archery. A past master at applying for grants, enabling the club to purchase essential equipment, Malcolm is now involved in discussions about a project which could mean that Brixham Archers would become part of a multi-sports complex.
Deborah Griffin – Rugby Football Union
The current Chair of Rugby Football Union for Women, Deborah was instrumental in setting up the Union in 1984 and over the years has been Treasurer and Press and Publicity Officer. She was also Chair of the Committee responsible for the first Women’s Rugby World Cup in Cardiff in 1991. Deborah sits on the Board for the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010 and is the female representative on the RFU Council.
Deborah began her competitive career at University in 1977 and went on to captain the first English club side at Finchley WRFC. Her successful domestic career spanned ten years, during which time she played for Richmond WRFC and was key in establishing the first ever women’s rugby national tournament and first overseas tour. Now living in Twickenham with her two children, Deborah is a member of Richmond RFC and a Harlequins season ticket holder.
Brian Hamill – British Weightlifting
A Sport England Officer described Brian as one of the most dedicated volunteer coaches and administrators he had the honour of working with. Brian’s major achievement has been to tirelessly represent the sport he loves among Regional and National policy makers, while still remaining committed to practical coaching for the lifters in his club. A world ‘Masters’ champion, coach educator, coach, adviser and advocate of weight sport, Brian has been an ambassador for Olympic weightlifting for over 40 years.
Olympic weightlifting was Brian’s passion and he battled to have it accorded the respect it deserved as a key Olympic discipline and a cornerstone of conditioning for sport.
An exceptional man, Brian deserves the admiration of all who love the sport and who admire the commitment of the volunteer in British sport.
Jamie Heaton – The Premier League
Jamie has been volunteering at the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation for nearly three years and has completed over 500 hours of voluntary support during that time. He has also successfully completed Level 1 Courses in football, cricket and basketball, as well as the community sports leader award.
Jamie supports the delivery of multi sports sessions in many local special schools. He also volunteers at a local community club, building the confidence and ability of young people with autism and provides physical support to a Foundation coach who has cerebral palsy.
Each year the Premier League identifies one recipient to receive an award sponsored by their Creating Chances programme and this year they have selected Jamie as an outstanding individual who gives his time voluntarily to help other young people in his local community.
John McCloskey – Riding for the Disabled
John has served as a volunteer of Riding for the Disabled in Northern Ireland for over 30 years, giving unwavering dedication to the Fort group in Maghera. A photographer by profession, his introduction to RDA came when he was invited to take photographs of some children of the South Derry group, after which he became a volunteer with the group.
As the group expanded and following several venue changes John obtained a grant to build the Group’s own home and in the early 1980’s they constructed a basic indoor school. Following further successful grant applications to the Sports Council and the National Lottery a significant extension has been added to the indoor arena.
Henry Mooney – Everton in the Community
Henry has been playing and coaching Basketball in the Liverpool area since the 60’s and has taken Toxteth Tigers to the top of the English game.
For 50 years Henry has also been involved as a volunteer in setting up many community organisations, such as a local black organisation, Muslim groups and African and Caribbean organisations. He has also helped to develop sports and education programmes for excluded children, as well as young people who were on probation or in trouble with the police.
The projects Henry is involved in through the Club are too numerous to mention here but his contribution to the communities of South Liverpool has been invaluable and he has been a true inspiration to thousands of people.
Julie Phillips – Welsh Gymnastics
For 38 years Julie has volunteered in gymnastics beginning in 1972 when, as a parent, Julie helped collect money on the door, quickly progressing to setting up the equipment, cleaning the gym, managing fundraising activities, planning parties and assisting the coaches.
Julie’s interest in helping the coaches grew and she soon began coaching. She has been part of a successful coaching team, producing 17 Welsh Champions across various competition levels and supporting 79 coaches and judges to obtain their qualifications. Julie has always given 100%, never questioned her commitment and always has a smile on her face for all involved.
Each year a trophy is dedicated to the memory of the Late Lord Aberdare, a founder member of the Trust. This year Julie was chosen in recognition of Lord Aberdare’s strong links with Wales.
Ron Reeve – The Football Association
Ron has been a great servant to football and has been an inspiration to so many for over sixty years.
In 1946, on being demobbed Ron became Honorary Secretary to Old Varndeanians FC. Supported by his wife, Betty, Ron held various fund raising activities to keep the club going.
In 1956 Ron was elected to Sussex FA Council and in 1957 was appointed Secretary of the Brighton & District League, with 132 teams in 12 divisions. He ran the League until 1968 when he was invited to become the Secretary of the Sussex FA. Ron continued in this role until his retirement in 1988, when he was appointed a Life Member.
Ron’s voluntary work was not confined to Sussex. He took on numerous roles in the South West of England, as well as being a National Conference of County Associations committee member where he made an outstanding contribution.
Frank Stevens – Swim Ulster
Frank has been a volunteer at the core of swimming in Ulster for over 15 years, as both a leader and gala official. His role as Swim Ulster President from 2007 to 2010 has seen the organisation accepted by the Northern Ireland Sports Council as a modern, professional body.
There have been many changes during Frank’s involvement and the lasting impact of people like him should not be under-estimated. He has ensured that the latent tensions that characterise inter-community relations never feature in Ulster swimming and has led the organisation in providing a neutral, non-political environment where participation and the pursuit of excellence in sport is the only benchmark. His efforts have produced today’s Swim Ulster, where over 3,000 young swimmers are unaware of the difficulties of civil unrest faced by the previous generations of swimmers.
Gregory Underwood – Rugby Football Union
Gregory has been volunteering in rugby for over 40 years and is currently the Volunteer Co-ordinator for the Eastern Counties. He began volunteering at Sudbury Rugby Club while still playing when he became the Fixture Secretary. Gregory then also took on the Fixture Exchange Secretary for Suffolk, organising fixtures for clubs who did not have a game the following Saturday, a role he still retains.
In his own club, Gregory has held every role and is currently the President. He chaired the Committee that sold the old ground and bought a new ground, managing the funding and building a new £3 million state of the art sports facility that now serves the whole community seven days a week. Gregory has played a key role in driving the recruitment, training, retention and rewarding of volunteers at all levels over many years.
Keith Wilcox – The Football Association and the English Federation of Disability Sport.
Special Olympics is a sports organisation providing opportunities for people with a learning disability and Keith founded Skelton/Cleveland Special Olympics in 1982. He is the Club’s football coach and takes an active role in fundraising and encouraging others to get involved. In 1987 Keith formed the Northern Region Special Olympics and is now the Chairman of both organisations and has been instrumental in sending teams to the Special Olympics National Championships and to events overseas.
Locally Keith has been involved with Great Ayton Cricket & Football Club for many years, taking on numerous roles from Chairman to Kit Washer! Recently he has set up a North East Disability Football League involving 29 teams and is the Honorary Secretary.
Tony World – British Gliding Association.
Tony began gliding 32 years ago at his local club in Portsmouth and was immediately hooked, making very swift progress to become an instructor within 2 years and teaching others to fly. Tony has been the Club’s Chief Flying Instructor for 7 years and the flying activities are supported by classroom theory lessons, formal training and qualifications for related licences.
In addition to the training of beginners and instructors, Tony has taken a lead in providing more advanced training in cross country racing. During Tony’s time at the Club he has assisted in upgrading equipment and Mandy, Tony’s wife, estimates that he has spent at least 30 hours a week for the last 32 years supporting the Club’s activities.