The 7th GBA Awards Winners 2018

The winners for the Get Berkshire Active Awards 2017 are as follows:

Active Primary School - sponsored by Phoenix Sporting Goods

Winner: St Michael's School

Sport and physical activity were used for whole school improvement. Mainstream and SEN events included: Athletics; Badminton; Boccia; Cross Country; Cycling; Football; Kwik Cricket; New Age Kurling; Netball; Orien-teering; Swimming; Tag-Rugby; and Tri-Golf. 85% of pupils did extra-curricular physical activity. Older children were trained in Playground Leadership. Pupils engaged with Invictus Games and Team GB athletes. All pupils visited Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where they swam in the Olympic Pool, did multi-sports in the Copper Box Arena, saw cycling in the Velodrome, and heard a motivational speech by Olympian, Tom Daley.

Highly Commended: Hawkedon Primary School, Geoffrey Field Junior School.

Active Secondary School - sponsored by everyoneactive

Winner: Kennet School

All local special educational needs schools were invited to compete in the annual Kennet Games. Outreach provided coaching, competition coordination, and Sports Leaders to primary schools. Students were offered 17 inclusive sporting activities. 'Couch to 5K,' 'Stand Up To Learn' and 'Golden Mile' initiatives boosted activity levels of pupils and staff. Ten Year 9 students were trained as part of West Berkshire Council's Young Health Champions programme. They created and delivered a campaign to Year 7 pupils to reduce sugar intake.

Highly Commended: Eden Girls' School, Park House School

Coach of the Year - sponsored by Field Seymour Parkes Solicitors

Winner: Rachel Berenson-Perkins

Rachel is director and head coach of Superstars Cheer and Dance. She is passionate about growing confident, strong people with cheerleading and life skills. Superstars finished the season with three National, two Regional and one Grand Champion titles. Appointed to Team England Paracheer. Rachel joined the country's top coaches working with disabled and non-disabled athletes to create an incredible routine. At the ICU World Championship in Florida they won the gold medal.

Highly Commended: Richard Devereux, Symon O' Keeffe

Community Club of the Year - sponsored by the 6 Unitary Authorities

Winner: Woodley Netball Club

The club, which celebrated its 50th Anniversary in September 2018, proudly offered netball for 250 members aged from 8 to 68. All abilities were catered for with teams in local and regional leagues, plus 'Back to Netball' sessions. The club developed coaches, umpires, junior umpires and parent volunteers. As well as team success in various leagues, a dozen players were selected for development academies, including Netball Superleague. With Woodley Carnival Committee, the club ran its annual High 5 Netball Tournament involving 18 teams from local primary schools.

Highly commended: Thames Valley Kings Wheelchair Basketball Club, CrossFit Maidenhead

Physical Activity for Health Award- sponsored by Places Leisure

Winner: Man vs Fat Football Slough

In less than 12 months, 92 men lost weight and became active. Players took part in a weekly league at Arbour Park Stadium. They kept food/drink diaries and got nutritional advice. The league was decided not just on points won, but pounds lost. A collective 500kg of weight was lost, equivalent to a full-grown crocodile! 36 men shed 5% of their original body-weight, a further 12 lost 10%. The project featured on BBC News and Channel 4 'Food Unwrapped'.

Highly Commended: Run with Active Slough, Sport in Mind

Junior Sports Personality of the Year - sponsored by Reading FC and Reading FC Community Trust

Winner: Ben East

2018 was an amazing season for javelin thrower, Ben from Park House School and Team Kennet. With the support of his coach, Luke Angell, Ben won five Championships and became holder of six records. At the Wessex Young Athletes League, Ben made history. He threw 70.66m setting the longest throw in the world for his age for the season, becoming the first person under 15 years old in the UK to throw over 70m, and achieving World Number One status for his age.

Highly Commended: Charlotte Payne, Liam Barker

Sports Personality of the Year - sponsored by Technogym UK

Winner: Francesca Williams

Fran was part of the Wasps squad that lifted the 2018 Netball Superleague trophy. She captained the England U21 squad that won bronze at the World Youth Championships in Botswana, and went on to dominate the Netball Europe championships, winning the gold medal. Vice-captain for the England A squad that played Scotland, Fran was called into the England Roses Senior Squad (Podium Athletes). Having started at Woodley Netball Club, Fran often returns to Berkshire, presenting awards, guest coaching, and inspiring young players.

Highly Commended: Ranvir Singh Sandhu, Carl Lofthouse

Team Performance of the Year - sponsored by Get Berkshire Active

Winner: Wokingham District U11 Primary School Football Team

These young footballers, picked from 40 primary schools in Wokingham, won and were unbeaten in both Surrey League and Southern Country League. The team won the Jersey Festival and the Berkshire Cup. They won the Premier League National Championships. Thanks to great support from their coaches, they did all of this having never played together before.

Highly commended: Woodley U14 South Region Squad, The U13 & U15's of Reading Athletics Club

Volunteer of the Year - sponsored by Get Berkshire Active

Winner: Adrienne Hardy

Adrienne heads the Junior Section at Phoenix and Ranelagh Hockey Club. Under her leadership it expanded by 30%, offering quality coaching and enjoyment for 100 children aged 5 to 16 years old. Adrienne coached juniors every Sunday and adults midweek. She ran school festivals, and summer camps, attended meetings, completed admin, transported kids, managed a junior squad, updated websites and sought sponsorship. Adrienne developed coaches, umpires, and helpers. An inspirational role model, she enhanced hockey for everyone.

Highly Commended: Alan Leason, Samuel Haslam

Active Workplace of the Year - sponsored by Get Berkshire Active

Winner: Wokingham Borough Council

Morning and lunchtime Yoga involved 25 staff weekly. Workplace Health Football on Mondays and Thursdays was played by staff aged 22 to 60 years old. 5 football teams competed in a 'Mini World Cup'. 8 enthusiastic walkers were led by a trained walk leader every Thursday lunchtime. On average, 17 people enjoyed mindfulness sessions comprising 10 minutes of guided mediation every Tuesday. A local partnership meant staff could swim at the Carnival Pool for £1 at selected times. 'My Active Journey' initiatives included information, discounts, training and challenges to encourage staff to bike to work.

Highly Commended: Bracknell Forest Council

Youth Engagement Project of the Year - sponsored by Get Berkshire Active

Winner: Boxing Clever

Boxing Clever worked with three secondary schools in Reading to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour. Two coaches from the local community ran engaging activities reaching over 45 'at risk' students. As well as providing boxing for inactive children, sessions developed positive relationships and values. Older students are progressing to coaching. Backed by the local Police, praise includes: "Boxing has had a positive impact on student's behaviour, social skills, anger, anxiety, and body image."

Highly Commended: The Adventure Learning Charity, Park House School Sports Leaders

Lifetime Achievement Award - sponsored by Michael Burbridge Ltd.

Doug Cook

For the best part of 50 years, Doug has been a mentor and grassroots football referee in Berkshire. As PE teacher at Park House School (now retired), he encouraged many young people to enjoy and excel locally, nationally, and globally at their chosen sport, including Theo Walcott in football and Jonathan Joseph in rugby. Most loved for his refereeing, his honesty and inclusive approach make him a voice that all respect.

Gina MacGregor

Gina has made a phenomenal impact on netball. Aged16, Gina began delivering netball in a youth club. She set up the Maidenhead Netball league forty years ago and the Charters League in Ascot in the 1990's. Gina volunteers and coaches with Magnet Netball Club, runs a junior league in Maidenhead, plus supports Back to Netball and Walking Netball (getting Maidenhead Women's Institute playing). Having celebrated her 80th Birthday, Gina brims with enthusiasm.

Colin Fox

2018 saw Newbury Gymnastics Club celebrate its 40th Anniversary and Colin, the Head Coach, his 70th birthday. Colin has devoted 38 years as a volunteer. A believer in 'Sport for All' Colin ensured sessions cost less than £3 each, giving any young person the opportunity to join his challenging yet fun coaching. Colin boosts the self-esteem of gymnasts of all abilities, unlocking their potential and ensuring their progression.

Margaret Deighan

A highly respected netball player and umpire, Margaret has taken charge of over 100 international games. She has umpired the finals at Commonwealth Games, World Youth Games and Netball World Cup. Margaret travels on behalf of England Netball and the International Netball Federation to mentor, coach, train and assess umpires from Berkshire to Africa, including Vitality Netball Super League umpires.

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