Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone hosts Glitzy Shepway Sports Trust Awards - PHOTOS

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By Susan Carey

The Shepway Sports Trust Awards took place on Friday 14 July at the Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone with presentations to individuals, schools and clubs across all sorts of sports from running, rugby, rowing and show jumping to hip hop and baton twirling.

There were 20 awards in all and many inspirational stories to tell along the way.

Club of the Year award went to Folkestone Running Club who had turned out in force and in second place was the Hawkinge Hurricanes Running Club which was only set up last year but has already achieved ClubMark status and has groups for every level of ability and experience.

County member Susan Carey, Laurence Hickmott Chief Executive, Shepway Sports Trust and Shepway District Councillor Jenny Hollingsbee

County Councillor Susan Carey who was at the awards said, ‘I have noticed groups of runners near the Community Centre in Hawkinge over the last year but had no idea what a success the club has been. They are an exceptionally friendly group and have encouraged me to join in.’

The shortlisted nominees and award winners on stage at the end of the presentations  Photo: Susan Carey

All age groups were represented at the awards with a special category for Active 50 which was won by Dave Motley who has set up an indoor cricket session for his peers.

At the other end of the age spectrum, Primary School of the Year was won by Dymchurch.

Trevor Minter with the Sir Roger de Haan Award for Service to Sport trophy  Photo: Susan Carey

The Sir Roger de Haan Award for Service to Sport went to Neil Cugley, Director of Football at Folkestone Invicta Football Club. Neil couldn’t be present but sent a video with his acceptance speech.

Catherine Spencer aka ‘Spence from Folkestone’  Photo: Susan Carey

One of the highlights of the evening was a talk by Catherine Spencer who is a Shepway Sports Trust Gold Ambassador and former captain of the England women’s rugby team.

The Hawkinge Hurricanes  Photo: Susan Carey

Catherine grew up in Hythe and started playing rugby seriously at Folkestone Rugby Club which she described as ‘the best rugby club in the world’. She spoke about how her career had advanced step by step till she was in the England squad and ‘scored a sneaky little try on my debut’. Catherine, or ‘Spence from Folkestone’ as she called herself has now retired from rugby after 63 caps for England and lives in Sandgate. She runs a company called ‘Inspiring Women’ and she is clearly one herself.

The reception after the awards in the Channel Suite  Photo: Susan Carey

The Shepway Sports Trust is responsible for the superb sports facilities at Three Hills Sports Park and these are used by many individuals and club. The Trust also reaches out across the district and supports schools, competitive games and clubs.

To help it do more it is fundraising for a fleet of four minibuses to help get pupils to games and clubs to activities. The appeal has been kicked off with a £1,000 KCC Member Grant from County Councillor Susan Carey and the raffle at the Awards raised a further £500.

It was great to see the enthusiasm and energy of those taking part in the Awards event and there was only one thing missing – an award for Shepway Sports Trust itself for everything it does.

Top photo: Adelaide Parker, NBTA World Champion by Susan Carey

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