Sporting heroes are honoured by the council

CLUB OF THE YEAR -- Glynn Turner, of Chesterfield Amateur Boxing Club, receives the club of the year award from Councillor Graham Baxter.
CLUB OF THE YEAR -- Glynn Turner, of Chesterfield Amateur Boxing Club, receives the club of the year award from Councillor Graham Baxter.

Nine athletes and clubs have been honoured by North East Derbyshire District Council for their commitment to sport and their achievements over the last 12 months.

The council’s annual sports awards ceremony was held at its Mill Lane, Wingerworth headquarters to recognise and celebrate the successes of the region at all levels.

The winners ranged from a Team GB (youth) athlete and a British champion in biketrial to an English boxing bronze medallist and two coaches who dedicate their lives to athletics.

The council’s leader, Councillor Graham Baxter, said: “It really is an honour and privilege to be able to recognise these individuals and teams for what they have done in the past 12 months.

“We’ve got some amazing sporting talent and dedicated volunteers who make sport across our district what it is today -– a huge success.

“My congratulations go to not only all the winners, but also to everyone else who was nominated or takes part in sport, in whatever capacity.”

The full list of winners, who all received an annual pass to the council’s leisure facilities, reads:

Manager/coach of the year, Paul Ashmore and Mark Hill (Chesterfield and District Athletics Club); volunteer of the year, Daniel Bowdler (Pilsley Football Club); club of the year, Chesterfield Amateur Boxing Club; Active4Life award, Stonelow Juniors Bronze Ambassadors; junior team of the year, Tupton Hall U12 girls’ football team; junior sportsperson of the year, Charlie Quinn (skiing); young sportsman of the year, Adam Morewood (biketrial); young sportswoman of the year, Niamh Emerson (athletics) and Jade Ashmore (boxing).

Local schools were also honoured at the ceremony as the North East Derbyshire School Sports Partnership presented the School Games Mark, which is a government-led awards scheme to reward schools for their commitment to the development of PE and sport in school and the wider community. Schools assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the Mark.