Reigate & Banstead District Sports Council Awards 2017

Sports Awards Presentation Evening 2nd October 2017

The annual Reigate & Banstead District Sports Council Awards were held on 3rd October at Old Reigatians’ Rugby Football Club.

The awards, largely sponsored by local businesses and benefactors, provide a fantastic opportunity to recognise and reward achievements including both individual sporting excellence (i.e. national or international level) and wider contributions to sports within the borough by coaches, volunteers, teams and clubs over the past 12 months.

Our warmest thanks to all sponsors and benefactors, to Adrian Webb (Chair Redhill Cycle Club) for compèring the event and to Old Reigatians RFC for the use of their clubhouse.

Junior Team of the Year

Junior Team of the Year

Reigate Priory Cricket Club u11 NEC Team

Reigate Priory CC ran three u/11 teams in the 2017, one playing in the strong North East and Central Surrey Colts League and two teams in the East Surrey Colts League (ESCL). The NEC team had a very successful season, culminating in the NEC Cup Final win against the strong Spencer club and finishing 3rd in the NEC league containing a number of Surrey’s strongest clubs, with 7 wins and just 2 losses. The team also won the NEC u/11 8 a side Festival and the Lingfield School 6 a side Festival.

Our warmest thanks to Redhill Cycle Club for sponsoring this award. 
Redhill Cycle Club

Young Boys Team of the Year

Young Boys Team of the Year

Reigate Rugby Football Club u13 Team

The last two years has seen a dramatic change in fortunes for this young side. At Under 12 the team started the season as they had the previous year with very low numbers, sometimes down to 6 or 7. With recruitment they ended the season on a high entering the Surrey C’s with a full squad and winning 3 out of the 4 games they played. In January 2017 they acquired 6 new players taking the squad to 20 players. The spirit came in the final match of the season, which saw them win against Old Guildfordians, a side who had earlier in the season comprehensively beaten them.

Our warmest thanks to Stanton for sponsoring this award.

Stanton

Volunteer of the Year

Volunteer of the Year

Richard Feist – Merstham Cricket Club

(Runner-UP: Stuart Sergeant – Old Reigatians Hockey Club)

Richard is Merstham Cricket Club. He is a man of many roles at the club for which without him we would really struggle. Along with being Club Captain, he is Vice Chairman, head of juniors, head coach, team secretary, bar man, and social manager. Along with this he goes into local schools to help with junior player recruitment. He played as a colt at the age of 11 and has been with the club ever since. He helps with the disability squad and has progressed the club’s girls development along with the junior sides. He will often be at the club trying to make sure it’s ready for games.

Our warmest thanks to Reigate & Banstead Borough Council for sponsoring this award. 
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council

Coach of the Year

Coach of the Year

David Earl – Redhill Lawn Tennis Club

(Runner-UP: Jane Lanaway – Max Force Trampoline & Gymnastics Club)

Since joining Redhill Lawn Tennis Club as head coach in May 2016 David has been a highly active member of the local community, inspiring many people across all age groups to start or return to tennis. He has doubled the number of junior members, increased senior members and coaching options. In addition to all of this he also finds time to continually develop professionally and has been accepted to start the LTA Level 5 coaching award, the highest Tennis coach qualification in the world. He is a true asset to the local community as he works tirelessly to make tennis available and enjoyable to everyone, across the ages.

Our warmest thanks to ActiveSurrey & Specsavers for sponsoring this award. 
ActiveSurrey & Specsavers

Team Of the Year

Team Of the Year

YMCA East Surrey Boccia Club – Wildcats A Team

(Runner-up: Reigate Priory Cricket Club – 3rd Xl Team)

The YMCA entered 3 teams into the 2016/17 Boccia England Pan Disability League. All teams performed really well but this team excelled. It played 10 matches over 2 days and as it finished top of its division, and qualified for the England National Finals in Sheffield. 17 teams took part in the finals. With no real expectations, the team performed exceptionally well and finished in 7th place – an amazing result for a first attempt!

Our warmest thanks to Hystar Construction for sponsoring this award. 
Hystar Construction

Club of the Year

Club of the Year

Merstham Cricket Club

(Runner-up: Beecholme Belles Football Club)

Merstham Cricket Club progressed itself into an all surrey championship side for the first time in the club’s 150+ year history. The first and second team won their respective leagues to move up the ladder, the first team into the surrey championship and the seconds into division 4. The third and fourth teams finished in strong positions and fulfilled all their fixtures. The club also developed its already growing colts section with some good cup runs and league positions for all teams. We also saw development in the Girls and disability section of the club.

Our warmest thanks to GLL for sponsoring this award. 
GLL

Young Girls Team of the Year

Young Girls Team of the Year

Reiking Chips u13 Girls Rugby Team

As is quite common in Rugby Union, many individual clubs do not have enough girls to put together a full team so we ‘clustered’ the girls from three separate rugby clubs. They trained together and played as one team for the 2016/17 season. It is their Girls Cup performances that have shown how much the girls have achieved. They finished the competition as the best team in Surrey which, being a clustered team from three small separate clubs, was a huge achievement.

Our warmest thanks to Connick Tree Care for sponsoring this award. 
Connick Tree Care

Disabled Sport Award

Disabled Sport Award

Peter Gregory - Cycling

Peter is a wheelchair user and has been using the gym at the YMCA for a number of years. This year he took the enormous step of hand cycling from Redhill to Paris in 3 days to raise money for the YMCA. He found the up-hills were challenging but he never gave up and his determination on every ascent was incredible. He never complained and was an inspiration to everybody. He never used his disability as an excuse for anything giving everyone around him the strength to carry on. He successfully completed this task and also went on to complete the Prudential Ride London.

Our warmest thanks to Simply Sports for sponsoring this award. 
Simply Sports

Club Official of the Year

Club Official of the Year

Louise Fournilier-Stephens – South London Pickleball Club

(Runner-UP: Lisa Longstaff – Reigate Priory Lacrosse Club)

Louise was introduced to pickleball in March 2016. She then helped to set up the South London Area Pickleball club. She was injured and needed surgery but this did not stop her from attending almost every club session and spending countless hours drawing up play lists. She has also run many pickleball demonstrations for other people, groups and at leisure centres. Whilst she was finally able to play again in May she still continues to organise the games for everybody and has organised several inter-club events.

Our warmest thanks to Reigate Priory Cricket Club for sponsoring this award. 
Reigate Priory Cricket Club

Young Sports Persons of the Year

Young Sports Persons of the Year

Amber Castles – Athena Martial Arts

(Runner-Up: China-Marie Kill – Sutton & Epsom RFC)

Amber deserves the young person of the year award for her dedication and determination to compete internationally as a member of the Great Britain Kick Boxing squad. She achieved a bronze medal at the British Championships. She trained with Team GB and was selected to fight in the European Championships. Her eternally sunny and positive demeanour are a real asset to our club and it is no wonder the youngsters she helps train there look up to her and are inspired by her success and positivity.

Our warmest thanks to Holmesdale Building Society for sponsoring this award. 
Holmesdale Building Society

Senior Citizens Sport Award

Senior Citizens Sport Award

Five Joint Winners !!!
Frank Grainger – YMCA East Surrey
Michael Ormorod – Redhill Cycling Club
Mike Pocock – Reigate Priory Athletic Club
Joan Powell – Reigate Lawn Tennis Club
Roy Hutchins – Roystons Table Tennis Club

Frank Grainger has been on the YMCA Challenge Committee for over 10 years and has made it his mission to encourage people from across the community to take up and enjoy cycling. He regularly leads rides throughout the season and his encouragement and mentoring has ensured that our beginners really do enjoy their time with us becoming expert cyclists as a result Frank does all of this voluntarily and his commitment to our Paris 3 Day cycle event embodies what the YMCA is about. Each year everyone who takes on the event is grateful to him but he is not one to bask in glory and shies away from public recognition.

Mike Ormorod has been a senior member of Redhill Cycling Club for many years. He continues to lead and organise group rides including away weekend trips to France. He has been a Committee member for some years and looks after the press and publicity. In addition he takes part in the YMCA challenge rides plotting the routes and leading groups recently completing the YMCA challenge ride from Geneva to Turin. The last thing I would add is that he is 78 years young!

Mike Pocock represents Reigate Priory Athletic Club at the V60 category and has consistently won numerous races in his age category, beating runners 30 years his junior. His athleticism and fitness is a credit to the careful training he undertakes. His London marathon time of 3 hrs 20 minutes placed him 28th in his age category. He won the Reigate Priory summer 10k V60 category in 44.13 beating the next V60 by 1 minute 24 seconds.

Joan Powell has been a member of Reigate Lawn Tennis Club since the 1960’s Joan has run Monday night tennis and coaching at the club since 1967. These evenings are designed to encourage new members into the club. They include beginners and people coming back to the game after a break. Her approach has always been inclusive and encouraging providing a welcome to all levels of player. After 50 years unbroken service in this role, she has now decided to stand down. It is an amazing record which will probably never be equalled and deserves recognition.

Roy Hutchins runs the Roystons Table Tennis Club which is open on every Monday night. It is attended by up to 50 players having originally started in 2001 with 6 people. He has been running the club for the best part of 3 years with only one part-time assistant. He supervises the activities and provides coaching to junior players. He ensures that all the equipment is maintained and repaired. He has enabled this very valuable facility to continue by giving his time every week and we feel that his dedication to table tennis in Reigate and Redhill should be recognised.

This award is made possible by Reigate & Banstead District Sports Council. 
Reigate & Banstead District Sports Council