Reigate & Banstead District Sports Council Awards 2018

Sports Awards Presentation Evening 1st October 2018

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

Merstham Cricket Club Under 9’s

(Runner-Up: Reigate Youth FC u12 Rapids)

The Under 9’s at Merstham have won the ESCL cricket league two years in a row. They are a good bunch of young cricketers who improve year on year. They followed up last year’s Under 8’s title with this year’s Under 9 title and have not lost a league game along the way. This season saw five of the team of ten go forward for Surrey Trials. It is hoped that this team will be the future of the club.

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 Priory Cricket Club Boys Under 15’s ESC Team

(Runner-Up: Banstead Cricket Club u13)

This team had an excellent 2018 season topping their league undefeated, a first ever league win for this squad since forming at u6. This squad have lost almost no players for 9 years, a testament to the boys’ unwavering commitment and camaraderie. Credit goes also to the coaching team who have been involved since u6. The team has performed at a high level throughout 2018 and has demonstrated excellent attitudes. Next year this closely-knit squad, as u16s, will reach 10 years playing together - a wonderful achievement.

Our warmest thanks to Stanton for sponsoring this award.

Stanton

Volunteer of the Year

Volunteer of the Year

Chris Mitchell - Reigate Priory Hockey Club

(Runner-Up: Mike Griffin - Merstham Cricket Club)

At Reigate Priory Hockey Club Chris has been a long-standing volunteer, official, organiser, umpire, coach, player and committee member. He has been head of girls colts and mini colts for a number of years where the club has been seen to thrive and increase the number of colts developing into playing members in the adult sides. During the week he will take several colts’ training sessions, umpire or coach on a Sunday, and organise many other related things during the week. He also sits on the club committee. He has continued to show enthusiasm despite injecting so much time and passion over the years and even again this year as the club starts another season. He defines the meaning of a club volunteer.

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

Coach of the Year

Coach of the Year

Jane Lanaway - Maxforce Trampoline & DMT Club

(Runner-Up: Jimmy Skitt - Reigate Priory Cricket Club)

Jane is an amazing, dedicated and highly qualified level 4 trampoline and level 5 DMT coach. She is the head coach at Max Force and has achieved an amazing year of medals and titles. At the national league finals last held in December 2017 Maxforce performers coached by her took 11 top 10 positions across the age groups and categories. They had two age group champions and overall the club came third. Just over a year ago she was invited to coach the England DMT squad which train at Lillishall, Shropshire as a volunteer. For the last year she has been making many long trips to coach the team who have taken many national and some international medals. She is a role model to others with her passion and hard work inspiring her performers and others to do the same. She is appreciated, respected and loved by all.

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

Team Of the Year

Team Of the Year

Chipstead Rugby Football Club 1st Team

(Runner-up: YMCA East Surrey Boccia Club - Wildcats A Team)

A great team formed largely of ex-club junior players who have stepped up. They were recently promoted from the Surrey II league to Surrey I finishing 5th in the league. They were regional champions in the RFU Junior Vase competition and reached the semi-final of the National RFU Junior Vase, losing to South Molton. Their next game would have been at Twickenham.

Our warmest thanks to KD Jones Heating Engineers Ltd for sponsoring this award. 
KD Jones Heating Engineers Ltd

Club of the Year

Club of the Year

Reigate Priory Hockey Club

(Runner-up: Sovereign Gymnastics Club)

The club and its twenty teams had another highly successful season. It has nine colts league teams across various girls and boys age groups from under 10’s to under 16’s although coaching starts from school year two. The club encourages colts from age 14 to then integrate into adult teams and develop their sport and social skills. This season the club had four mens and five ladies teams, the youngest player being 14 and the oldest 68. The mens team play between Surrey/Hampshire League 1 and Surrey Division 4. The five ladies teams span from Surrey Premier to Surrey Division 11. The club also has a mixed team of men and ladies. The colts league teams had a particularly great season with an impressive four of the teams winning their leagues. With so many colts coming through, the club has entered a new mens league team and a new under 18 boys league team for next season. The club has sixty five volunteers who are pivotal to the successful management and continuing success of the club, on and off the pitch.

Our warmest thanks to GLL for sponsoring this award. 
GLL

Young Girls Team of the Year

Young Girls Team of the Year

South Park Girls Under 12’s

(Runner-Up: Reigate Priory Cricket Club Girls u15)

Last year the same group of girls won only 1 game, only scored 9 goals and conceded over 100 goals. This season they have won the title losing only 1 game and only conceding 8 goals scoring 60 goals. The girls reached the semi-final of the cup from 37 teams, the lowest ranked team to ever get that far. It’s been a dream season for the team beating Crystal Palace in a cup thriller.

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

Disabled Sport Award

Disabled Sport Award

Fay Hart - Boccia

Fay has Cerebral Palsy. She uses a power chair to enable her to be mobile and has 24 hour support. The majority of sports are not suitable for her but Boccia is her one passion where she can train hard and aims to succeed. During the last year she has improved significantly but has also had many health issues to contend with. Her commitment to improving and incredibly hard work has paid off as in March she was awarded a place at the Boccia England Scorpions Academy in Guildford where she now trains alongside some England squad players. This is her dream - to play for England. She is an amazing role model for all of us.

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

Young Volunteer of the Year - The Robin Elsdon-Dew Trophy

Young Volunteer of the Year - The Robin Elsdon-Dew Trophy

Alex Adams - Reigate Women FC

Alex is a dedicated helper at Reigate Women FC. He is there every week, coaching, supporting and guiding the players. As our numbers have grown since the club was founded, so his responsibilities have grown. He is too young (15) to do any FA coaching courses yet, but he is laying the groundwork early and is a real asset to the club.

Our warmest thanks to Surrey Playing Fields for sponsoring this award. 
Surrey Playing Fields

Club Official of the Year

Club Official of the Year

Val Knight - Reigate Priory Bowling Club

(Runner-Up: John Wilson - Old Reigatians Hockey Club)

Val is pivotal to the successful running of Reigate Priory Bowling Club (RPBC). She keeps our Club’s constitution up to date, records Health & Safety requirements, handles new member applications, ensures members’ queries are directed to the responsible club official and a host of other administrative requirements. Val led and championed the process for the club to achieve its Clubmark accreditation in July. She was not only instrumental in RPBC successfully achieving this, but the Club is much the richer for her enthusiasm, hard work, diligence, attention to detail and efficiency.

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

Megan Matthews - Livingwell Taekwondo

(Runner-Up: Katie Mackison)

Megan has been training in taekwondo since she was 6 years old. She has achieved black belt (due to be tested for 2nd dan) and has competed and medalled nationally and represented GB in the national Poomsae (non-contact) team internationally. Her ambition is to teach and make people aware of anyone who has any kind of disability physical or mentally challenged. She has twice travelled to Srilanka with Livingwell Taekwondo to help the less fortunate and is an ambassador to the young people of GB.

Our warmest thanks to Qubed for sponsoring this award. 
QUBED

Surrey Youth Games - Volunteer of the Year

Surrey Youth Games - Volunteer of the Year

Julie Mayo - Netball

For the 10th year running Julie, has stepped in to lead netball training sessions for the Surrey Youth Games. Last year she led and mentored a team of six volunteers so that over sixty five girls, none of whom were members of a netball club, could benefit from 1.5 hours a week for 8 weeks of their favourite school sport. In 2017 Reigate & Banstead took 4 teams to the games. The older u13 girls 1st team, some of whom have benefited from 2 to 4 years of Surrey Youth Games coaching led by her, took Gold. Her coaching and encouragement promoted the level headiness, fairness, team work and friendship that bought the team of girls from five different schools together for success.

Our warmest thanks to SpecSavers for sponsoring this award. 
SpecSavers