The Barclays Community Sports Award of the Season has been awarded to Ros Cramp, Disability Coordinator at the Stevenage and North Herts Athletics Club. Ros has made an outstanding contribution to grassroots sports in her community and is dedicated to helping disabled youngsters take part and compete in athletics.
Ros Cramp has spent the past 12 years developing a fully inclusive club for disabled athletes; four of whom took part in the Paralympics test event on 8th May 2012 and seven that competed in the UK School Games on 9th May.
In addition to her role at the Stevenage and North Herts Althetics Club, Ros also runs the N-Able Herts Disability Sports Association, which includes North Herts Boccia Club, the Hitchin Town Ability Counts Football Team, and the North Herts Disability Swim Squad. Some young members travel for over an hour to attend training sessions with Ros at the Ridlins Stadium in Stevenage.
Upon receiving the award, Ros commented: "I was overwhelmed when I found out I was the winner of the February award, so when I found out I had been awarded the Barclays Community Sports Award for the Season, I couldn’t believe it.
Winning this award means so much to me and will really help our club continue to support the kids that put in their time and effort to train with us. It feels great that the efforts and hard work of all the volunteer coaches has been recognised.”
Gareth Southgate, who heads up the judging panel for the award, said: “Ros has encouraged disabled youngsters in her community take part in sport and provided a programme that allows them to reach a very impressive standard. Her dedication and support is evident in the successes of the young athletes she works with and she should be very proud of her work.
Ros is a worthy winner of the Barclays Community Sports Award and I hope that others will take her lead and become involved in community sport.”
Throughout the 2011/12 season, Barclays Community Sports Awards have celebrated the hard work of volunteer coaches and athletes who have dedicated their time and skills to helping others achieve their sporting goals. The winner of Barclays Community Sports Award of the Season is chosen from all nine monthly winners.
As the end of season award winner Ros wins £5,000 for her club and a VIP trip to London to receive her award at the League Managers Association Annual Dinner on May 14th, 2012.
The Barclays Community Sports Award is delivered in partnership between Barclays Spaces for Sports, the Premier League’s Creating Chances programme and the Football Foundation.