Posted on Monday 18th June 2012
The 2012 Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Community Sports Awards, now in their fourth year, take place on Wednesday, July 11.
The prestigious Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Community Sports Awards, now in their fourth year, take place on Wednesday, July 11.
The cream of the County Borough’s sporting world will be rewarded for their effort and achievement - from sports clubs, young people and individuals to volunteers and those who have helped achieve excellence in their chosen field.
The public have been busy with their nominations and the winners will be announced at the Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Community Awards, which take place at the Treforest Campus of the University of Glamorgan.
The Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Community Sports Awards are open to all ages and fits in well with the Council’s successful Leisure for Life campaign which aims to get people of all ages active and undertaking exercise in a bid to improve their health and wellbeing.
It is all about taking simple steps to make exercise part of your daily routine and reaping the benefits alongside potential weight loss, enhanced fitness, muscle gain or even improved socialisation.
Cllr Robert Bevan, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, Leisure and Tourism, said: “The annual Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Community Sports Awards recognise and reward the great amount of hard work that goes on behind the scenes to keep our local sports scene so healthy.
“Rhondda Cynon Taf boasts a wealth of sporting talent and in the year of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, it is fitting that we applaud the efforts of those people at grass roots level, many of whom go on to represent Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales and Great Britain.”
The eight awards categories at this year’s Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Community Sports Awards are as follows
Community Sport Club and School Partnership:
This award is for a community club that creates a positive link and partnership with its local school/s to attract new and support existing members. Previous winners include Aberdare Cricket Club and Rhondda Fach Netball Club
Community Innovation Project:
This award is for community groups and sport clubs that have developed new sport or active recreation projects for the benefit of all. Previous winners include Rhondda Hockey Club and Rhondda Fach Friday Night Football Project
Sport Business Award:
This award will recognise and reward those businesses that set up and grow in the Rhondda Cynon Taf area such as fitness organisation, dance schools, boxing club, private gyms etc. This is a new category this year.
Young Person's Contribution To Sport:
This award is for a young person up to and including school Year 11, who has volunteered their time and made a significant contribution to the development of sport in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Previous winners include David Webb and Amy Nicholls.
Student Contribution To Sport:
This award is for an individual in higher or further education (school Year 12 and above), who has volunteered their time and made a significant contribution to the development of sport in Rhondda Cynon Taf. This is a new award this year.
This award is for those individuals that work tirelessly behind the scenes to do those jobs that no-ones sees…maybe they book the fixtures, register all the players, attend the meetings, sort out the finances…without this person the club just wouldn’t be able to run!! Previous winners include Martyn Ham and Debbie Addis.
Coach Of The Year:
This award is for a community, club or school based coach who has made significant impact or contribution to the development of sports participants in their chosen sport. Previous winners include Jean Foster.
This award is for a volunteer that gives invaluable time and effort to community sport in RCT from cutting the grass, to making the tea and coffee or taking the children to the game. Previous winners include Paul Mears and John Batten.