PARTNERSHIPS
COMMUNITY BASKETBALL
COACH WINS END OF SEASON
BARCLAYS COMMUNITY
SPORTS AWARD FOR 2012/13
Former England international, Gareth Southgate, paid tribute to Manneh Elliott,
a volunteer basketball coach from Liverpool, after he was announced as the
Barclays Community Sports Awards End of Season winner for the 2012/13
season during a star studded event at the Haymarket Hotel in London.
The monthly awards recognise the outstanding contributions to community
sport that are being made by individuals across the UK. Each monthly winner
receives £1,000 for their group or organisation, with the end of season award
recipient winning a further £5,000, all donated by Barclays Spaces for Sports.
Manneh has been using sport as a platform to benefit his local community
for the past 40 years as a volunteer coach for theToxtethTigers Basketball
Programme. In the process, he has helped several players achieve basketball
scholarships to colleges in the USA through education and personal
development, which are central to Manneh’s coaching philosophy.TheToxteth
club is represented in the local and national leagues with ten teams, ranging from
U12s to U18s, with Manneh currently coaching the U12s development group
three times a week.
Gareth, who heads up the judging panel, said,
“Manneh Elliott is a truly
deserving winner of the End of Season Barclays Community Sports Award.
His longstanding commitment to coaching and to developing young
people’s skills is to be greatly admired and he is an example of the fantastic
volunteers up and down the country who are making a real difference to
grassroots sport.”
Manneh was presented with his award at the ceremony which was attended
by all the monthly winners from the 2012/13 season, the two previous end of
season winners, and the award judges including head judge Gareth Southgate, as
well as Chelsea and England legend, Graeme Le Saux.
The ceremony highlighted the great diversity of grassroots sport which the
awards recognise, from disabled horse riding (DawnWhitmore-Kirby, October
2012 award) to cricket (Naz Khan, January 2013 award) to judo (Stephen
Pullen, September 2012 award).The awards are open to anyone in the UK and
the winners come from all over Britain, fromYorkshire (Chris Kennedy,April
2013 award) to Hackney (Katee Hui, November 2012 award), and from Sussex
(David Amiet, December 2012 award) to Belfast (Eddie Mulligan, March 2013
award). But it was February 2013 award winner, Manneh Elliott, who claimed
the End of Season prize for 2012/13 to cap an amazing year of recognition of
grassroots sports heroes in the UK.
Look out for the Barclays Community Sports Awards at the beginning of the
next Barclays Premier League season. By nominating a deserving person in your
community, you could help recognise the fantastic work done in grassroots
sport and help support a local club or organisation with £1,000 in prize money.
Here are some of the ways the Barclays Spaces for Sports programme is engaging its local communities.
Barclays Spaces for Sports is a community sports programme which uses the
positive power of sport to revitalise disadvantaged communities and tackle key
social issues. Since 2004, Barclays has invested £37.5m, building 200 community
sports sites in the UK and created 15 sport for development programmes in
nine countries. Using sport as the platform, the initiative engages young people
to empower them with a combination of key life and employability skills.
Manneh Elliott is a truly deserved winner
of the End of Season Barclays Community
Sports Award. His longstanding commitment
to coaching and to developing young people’s
skills is to be greatly admired and he is an
example of the fantastic volunteers up and
down the country who are making a real
difference to grassroots sport.”
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