I wouldn’t usually post something where I win an award myself (I’m far too modest for that) but realised I would be missing out on a golden opportunity to thank Sport Newcastle for presenting me with this tremendous award and to acknowledge the wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure to serve beside during my time at Tyne Bridge Harriers.
Sport Newcastle are passionate about sport and supporting young people to help achieve their sporting dreams. Some of the youngsters they’ve helped include Jonathan Edwards, Victoria Pendleton and Paul Gascoigne.
Sport Newcastle was created from the former Newcastle Upon Tyne Sports Council and offers funding and support to men, women and children seeking to realise their sporting dream, as well as backing community projects and local clubs. Their aim to promote success through sport.
But behind every successful individual, club or organisation you’ll find a support team who quietly go about their business. There are hundreds of volunteers working with sports clubs who give their time freely for no reward other than the pleasure of seeing others enjoy their sport.
Without these ‘Unsung Heroes’ many clubs would not exist and thousands of young people would never get a chance to follow the sport they love.
Every two years Sport Newcastle recognise the Unsung Heroes of local sport at their biennial awards evening and I was one of the chosen recipients to receive an award in 2018.
Tyne Bridge Harriers. Since it’s formation in 2011 I’ve had the honour of serving on the club committee, during which time I’ve had the good fortune and pleasure to sit alongside some truly remarkable people. I’ve also had the privilege to win several awards during that time too, but honestly, without the support of the people around me; fellow committee members, club coaches and group leaders, none of it would have been possible, and I owe a great deal of thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way.