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Premier League 4 Sports 2014 Regional Awards Evening

Newcastle United Foundation made the short trip to Middlesbrough Football Club for the Inaugural Premier League 4 Sport Regional Awards.

The event, held on Monday 24th November, was the first time all North East Clubs have come together to celebrate their joint achievements. The night was a great opportunity for coaches, volunteers and participants from Hull Tigers Trust, Newcastle United Foundation, The Foundation of Light and Middlesbrough FC Foundation to come together to celebrate the success of the programme over the last five years.

All clubs made nominations for the following categories – Coach of the Year Award, Team Achievement Award, Young Sports Achievement Award, Unsung Hero Award and Special Achievement Award. All winners were chosen by Siobhan Atkinson, Community Development Executive for the Premier League.

Newcastle United Foundation had a successful night picking up the following awards:

Coach of the year – Steve Sharp (Badminton)

Team Achievement Award – Basketball

Young Sports Achievement Award – Garylee McMullen (Badminton)

Stephen Riley, whose sons Josiah and Theo’s were both part of the successful Basketball team said:

“Basketball is a passion for my boys, it is teaching them two essential elements in life – leadership and teamwork.  The regional awards evening was about the importance of character even when you’re successful.  They were so happy to win the award – the whole team worked hard for it.”

Badminton Coach Steve Sharp who was crowned Coach of the Year added:

“I have been involved in the programme since it started and the impact it has had on badminton in our region has been excellent, not just finding talented players but also finding coaches of the future. To be recognised for something I am so passionate about is a bonus and something I will remember for a long time.”

PL4S Coordinator for the Foundation Lisa Bell said:

“It was a great evening for everyone involved in the programme. It is fantastic for people to be recognised for the hard work and dedication they have shown over the last four years which has helped make the project such a success.”

Last season Newcastle United Foundation delivered satellite clubs in judo, volleyball, basketball, table tennis, tennis, hockey and badminton, engaging 774 young players. 

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