Date published: 08/05/2013
The overall 2012-13 Barclays Community Sports Award has been won by Manneh Elliott, a volunteer basketball coach of the Toxteth Tigers basketball team in Liverpool, for his contribution to grassroots sport in his community where he has dedicated over 40 years to developing young peoples’ sporting and life skills.
Manneh has devoted his life to coaching, most recently in his role as U12’s volunteer basketball coach for Toxteth Tigers, who play at Fernhill Sports Centre in Bootle. Manneh also coaches basketball in schools in the local area as well as running week-long basketball clinics during the school holidays.
Education and personal development are central to Manneh’s coaching philosophy and during his career as a volunteer he has helped several players achieve basketball scholarships to colleges in the USA. His role at the club extends beyond being a coach and he is committed to encouraging development on and off the court, acting as a role model to the young people he coaches.
Upon receiving the award, Manneh commented: “I was overwhelmed to hear I was the winner of the February monthly award, so to have won the overall Barclays Community Sports Award is unbelievable. It’s such a great honour to have our club recognised in this way, and the prize money from the Awards will help to secure the further development of the Toxteth Tigers – I can’t wait to tell the kids!”
David Wheldon, Barclays Managing Director of Brand, Reputation and Citizenship said: “Manneh has made an outstanding contribution to the development of young people on Merseyside. He has earned the respect and appreciation of many in the local community, and with this award we hope his work will become known to a much wider audience. We want to recognise community champions all over the UK and I hope Manneh’s voluntary efforts, and those of all the other monthly winners, will inspire other people to get involved in community sport."
Gareth Southgate, head of the judging panel said: “Manneh Elliot is a truly deserving winner of the Barclays Community Sports Award. His 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.”
As the Barclays Community Sports Award winner, Manneh wins £5,000 for his club and a winner’s trophy, which was presented to him by Gareth Southgate at the Barclays Community Sports Awards lunch that was attended by all of the 2012/13 monthly winners at the Haymarket Hotel in London, on Friday 3rd May.