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Ros Cramp, winner of the Barclays Community Sports Award of the Season

Ros Cramp, winner of the Barclays Community Sports Award of the Season

Volunteers in Hertfordshire, Teesside and Belfast, UK have been presented with Barclays Community Sports Awards for their work in empowering local communities through sport.

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Ros has encouraged disabled youngsters in her community take part in sport and provided a programme that allows them to reach a very impressive standard. Her dedication and support is evident in the successes of the young athletes she works with and she should be very proud of her work.
Gareth Southgate, Former England footballer

February’s award went to Ros Cramp, who spent the last 12 years developing a sports club for disabled athletes in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

The club trains on Monday evenings, with Ros mentoring and encouraging the disability squad, coaches and the rest of the club.

With some young members travelling an hour on the train to participate, it is clear they value Ros as a role model who has dedicated her life to helping youngsters achieve their sporting goals.

Danny Corr, a martial arts coach from Belfast, took home the March award.

He coaches Ireland’s jujitsu team which, under his leadership, won the 2010 world title in Las Vegas, beating England for the first time in 15 years.

Danny has also created karate programmes a wide range of people, including adults with learning difficulties, primary school students and local teenagers, helping hundreds take up the sport.

The Barclays Spaces for Sports programme for April was presented to Guy Fawkes, Head Coach of the Billingham Amateur Swimming Club in Teesside.

As a volunteer, he trains 150 children and adults each week, transforming a small group of swimmers into a club that now competes with top athletes at the county and national levels.

In addition to his full-time job, Guy devotes around 30 hours each week to the club, commuting over 20 miles for each session, often twice a day.

Barclays Community Sports Award of the Season

Gareth Southgate, former England footballer who heads up the judging panel for the award, also presented Ros Cramp with the Barclays Community Sports Award of the Season.

Gareth said: “Ros has encouraged disabled youngsters in her community take part in sport and provided a programme that allows them to reach a very impressive standard.

“Her dedication and support is evident in the successes of the young athletes she works with and she should be very proud of her work.

“Ros is a worthy winner of the Barclays Community Sports Award and I hope that others will take her lead and become involved in community sport.”

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