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Gedling Sports Forum

Gedling Sports Forum The Sports Forum is steered by the clubs from Gedling and provides the opportunity for the clubs to influence and inform decisions about sport within in Gedling. The forum gives the club a shared voice to highlight the need required to develop sports clubs, coaches, volunteers and facilities within the borough.

Reasons to join the sports forum

If your club is interested in more information about the sports forum or would like to attend one of the meetings then please contact Gedling Sports Development for more information.

Gedling Sports Awards

The Awards, run by the Gedling Sports Forum, recognise the achievements of teams – club and school - and of individual competitors in sport; and the contributions of Coaches, Volunteers and Clubs.

The event also incorporates the Gedling Health Awards, which rewards people that have increased, or helped others to increase, their levels of physical activity.

And The Winners Are...

Please select one of the awards below for full deails on the winners.

Junior Sportsman of the Year Under 11

Oscar Bartram, Ernehale School

Won all 5 competitions in the Nottingham Golf Union Nippers Tour. Represented  Nottinghamshire Nippers vs Herefordshire & Shropshire. Won Midlands Regional Qualifier for Wee Wonders competition, competed in the Grand Final at St Andrews.

Junior Sportswoman of the Year Under 11

Bethan Furniss, St Wilfrid’s School

Nottingham Synchronised Skating Academy. Juvenile Team Silver Medals at British Championships, Scottish Championships; Juvenile Team Gold at Hertogstad; Novice Silver, Welsh Championships. Selected as Flower Girl for European Figure Skating Championships, Sheffield, 2012.

Junior Sportsman of the Year 11-16 & Sports Person of the Year

Jack Burrows, Colonel Frank Seely School

Short-track speed skating: Bronze medal, European Junior Finals, Munich (qualifiying with Gold Medal at Leeuwarden Qualifier, Bronze Medal at Mannheim Qualifier). Gold Medals at Junior British Open and British Championships.

Jack also won the Sports Person of the Year.  The shortlist for this Award consists of the winners of four of the individual Awards:

  • Young Sportsman of the Year 11-16
  • Young Sportswoman of the Year 11-16
  • Young Sportsman of the Year 16-21
  • Young Sportswoman of the Year 16-21
  • Adult Sportsperson
Junior Sportswoman of the Year 11-16

Chloe Johnson, Wildcats Basketball Club

As a 13-year-old, on the England Under-15 Development Squad. East Midlands Under-13 Squad: finished 4th out of 10 Regions. Wildcats Team: finished first in Midlands League, one of the top 8 teams in the country

Junior Sportsman of the Year 16-21

Tom Bowers, Papplewick & Linby Cricket Club

Tom plays for Club 1st Team in Notts Premier League. Scored his maiden century (vs Balderton); 76 against Kimberley (including 4 4’s and 4 6’s); 76 from 62 balls vs Waleswood. Season total of 10 catches, 2 stumpings, 1 run-out.

Junior Sportswoman of the Year 16-21

Laura-Jayne O’Neill, Nottingham Forest Centre of Excellence

Laura-Jayne played for the Centre of Excellence from the age of 12; this year, at 16, as Captain of the Centre’s Under-16 Team, she was called up for Nottingham Forest Ladies Reserves – and was soon playing regularly for their Senior Team in the Women’s National Premier Division, one division below the newly formed Women’s Super League. After attending FA England Regional Under-15 training camps in previous years, this year she was selected for, and attended, the England Under-19 Training Camp in Kent.

Junior Club Team of the Year Under-11

Paviors Rugby Football Club Under 8's

Derby Regional Festival: Cup Final Winners. Doncaster Regional Festival: Cup Final runners-up. Ilkeston Regional Festival: Cup semi-finalists. Nottinghamshire/Lincolnshire/Derbyshire Regional Festival: Shield Finalists

Junior Club Team of the Year 11-18

Paviors Rugby Football Club Under 17 Boys

Having been together as players and coaches for 11 years, this season the team achieved a set of results worthy of their performances over the years. They won all 6 of their league games, scoring 250 points and conceding just 28.  They reached they National Quarter Finals, Midlands Finals, beating both Birmingham & Solihull (36-8) and Wolverhampton (6 – 5) on their way. They won the NLD cup, beating Newark 46 – 7 in the semis and Deepings 18 – 5 in the final. Due to the depth of talent in the team, they entered two squads into the NLD Sevens competition.

The A team reaching the Cup Final and the B Team reaching the Plate (Second Tier) Final.  Beyond these results is how the players and coaches have grown over the years. The squad is proud to include players that have reached individual success, such as two players representing the Scottish Exiles and seven included in the Notts Lincs and Derby squad.

Senior Club Team of the Year

Chesterfield Arms Football Club

This year is the culmination of a four-year development of the team. In their 1st season they finished 4th in Prem 1. The next year they finished 2nd and were promoted to Prem Prem. In their first year in Prem Prem they finished 5th, and were losing semi-finalists in the Section Cup.

This year they won the Nottinghamshire Senior Trophy (the highest trophy in adult Sunday Football); and finished 4th in the League.

School Team of the Year (Primary)

Arno Vale Junior School Girls’ Football Team

  • Played 9
  • Won 9
  • Drew 0
  • Lost 0
  • Goals For 41
  • Against 3

They played football with terrific enjoyment and enthusiasm but also with great sporting attitudes, always showing respect for opposition players and match officials. Every single player contributed to our success and the football played was exciting and attractive.

School Team of the Year (Secondary)

The Gedling School Under 14 Girls Football Team

County Champions 2011-11. After the problems the school faced last academic year the school had a squad of only 13 players – some had moved schools during the season – sometimes they had only 11 players at a game.

The girls had a difficult route to the final, facing Chilwell School and Becket School. With 5 minutes to go in the final Kimberley were winning 2-1, but two late goals brought Gedling the County Championship title.

Sports Leader of the Year

Jamal McKenzie, Arnold Hill School

Jamal started to get involved with the rugby at Arnold hill a few years ago. At first he would assist the teacher, help with small drills and offer support but it soon became clear that Jamal had the ability to be an excellent leader. Last year and this year Jamal ran key stage three rugby at Arnold Hill. His training sessions run throughout the year come rain or shine and are always brimming over with happy, enthusiastic and now skilled rugby players.

Jamal has refereed matches, will travel to away games and is a fantastic role model to all of the pupils in the school. In a recent moderation an examiner said that his leadership was the best he had seen and that he was an asset to the school.

Junior Coach of the Year (Under 20)

Amber Wildgust, Nottingham Forest Centre of Excellence

In the past year Amber has been volunteering for Gedling Borough Council in a coaching capacity, coaching / teaching & working with young children in various venues across the Borough including:

  • Gedling Sport + Club (Netherfield Primary school) coaching young children aged 5-11, with learning difficulties.
  • Coaching young people aged 5-16 during the school half term, Easter & Summer holidays
  • Assisted & supported other coaching staff on the Gedling Positive Moves programme
  • Lead coach for the Redhill Academy Girls football team (year 7-9)
  • Coaching an u10 boys team at Arnold Town FC

Assistant coach at Nottingham Forest FC (Centre of Excellence) u16 team: 17 of the squad represented County girls teams, 4 went on to to England Regional Trials, I player representing England Schools at u15 and 1 player gained Full England International status at u15.  She has passed her FA coaching Level 2 course and more recently the Age Appropriate FA youth award Module 1.

The Nottinghamshire County FA have selected her to attend the FA "Football futures" camp in July where she and three other young aspiring coaches from Nottinghamshire will join 96 other young coaches from across the Country.           

Club Coach of the Year

Tony Palmer, Gedling Town Football Club

This year Tony has gained his UEFA 'B' License. He currently coaches Gedling Town's U14 Boys, quarter-finalists in the EMLL Cup. He also coaches with the Nottingham Forest Girls' Centre of Excellence U15 team, taking them on tour to Ireland where they played 12 Irish Girls' Teams and won the Shelbourne Cup. He also coaches the U11 City School Boys.

Sports Club of the Year

Gedling Southbank Football Club

Gedling Southbank FC run 25 squads for boys, girls, mens, vets and players with disabilities – literally providing an opportunity to play football for a lifetime for one club in the Gedling Borough. Thanks to a hardworking committee and group of volunteers the club is fully integrated with all sections working together to provide a quality football programme involving coaching, skills & techniques development, physical exercise and competition to over 400 players in the community.

This season the club’s senior section celebrates 40 years and the junior section 20 years in existence and the club was awarded the Charter Standard Club of the Year for Nottinghamshire in 2011 by the Notts FA.

Adult Sportsperson of the Year

Jane Pidgeon, Nottingham Athletics Club

Jane is consistently the top female runner in the UK over 45 years of age at 2000m Steeplechase. She also won Gold in the 3000m Indoors at the Indoors World masters Championships in Canada. She also won several Gold Medals at both Regional and National level in Masters’ Track competitions in her specialist event and other track races.

Lifetime Achievement in Sport

Geoff Lumb, Gedling Southbank Football Club

Geoff Lumb has recently announced his retirement (Nottingham Evening Post Tues 20th) as a referee after 65 years, he has been influential in the U4 – U9 Development group of Gedling Southbank for the past 8 years and has been involved with youth football at various levels for 35 years.

At 80 years of age Geoff is an inspiration to all that work with him and dearly loved by all at Gedling Southbank and throughout the local football scene.

Gedling Changing Lifestyles Awards

For an individual who has changed their lifestyle through physical activity.

Glenn Vaughan

In February 2010, Glenn suffered a heart attack, aged 49 years old.  After his initial recovery he went through a cardiac rehabilitation programme at Nottingham City Hospital for 8 weeks, which involved supervised exercise sessions and an education programme on how to lead a healthier life.  He was then referred to the Heartbeats programme in Gedling, which is run by Gedling Borough Council and allows him to continue to keep active.  Since his heart attack, Glenn has stopped smoking, is eating much more healthily and continues to participate regularly in physical activity sessions.

He still attends the Heartbeats class at Carlton Forum Leisure Centre, but also uses the gym three times per week, plays golf regularly and walks every weekend.  Since his heart attack, Glenn’s lifestyle has changed significantly and because of this his medication has been reduced by his doctor and he has also reduced his risk of developing Type II Diabetes.

Changing Gedling Award

For a group or individual who has helped others to change their lifestyle through physical activity.

Karen Stennett

Karen supports many Gedling residents to take up running by leading the Woodthorpe Huffers and Puffers running club.  Anyone can take part in the group – all levels of fitness, sizes and shapes!  They allow people to ‘learn to run’ so even very unfit people can take part – something that is not on offer at most other running clubs.  It is a friendly and supportive club that encourages people of all abilities to get active and stay active.

Young Person’s Positive Moves Award

For a young person on the Young Person’s Positive Moves Exercise referral scheme who has shown commitment to being physically active.

Tayler Lindley

Tayler was referred to the Young Person’s Positive Moves scheme in September 2009.  At first he was very quiet and shy, but over the last 2 years he has come on leaps and bounds.  Not only is he always willing to learn but he helps other children when necessary. He is very enthusiastic when taking part in all games and activities and never complains.  He is a pleasure to coach.

Changing Young Lives Award

For a group or individual who has shown outstanding commitment and support to the Young Person’s Positive Moves Scheme.

Matt Ward

Matt is a coach on the Young Person’s Positive Moves scheme, leading basketball and swim fit activities.  He takes a genuine interest in the children and always finds time to have conversations with them all during his sessions.  He has a good sense of humour and shows considerable patience especially when faced with challenging and disruptive behaviour.

The children on the scheme always look forward to his sessions as he has a caring and encouraging attitude, which helps them to feel valued and accepted. 

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