SPORTS AWARDS: Regional awards for young apprentice and unsung hero

Robert Towersey (right) receives his award from Scott Riddell (SCCU)
Robert Towersey (right) receives his award from Scott Riddell (SCCU)

CSW honours for Cawston Primary School apprentice Robert Towersey and Old Laurentians Terry Wootton

Talented sports stars from Rugby have been recognised at a major community sports awards.

Unsung hero Terry Wootton who has been Old Laurentians' kit manager for 50 years

Unsung hero Terry Wootton who has been Old Laurentians' kit manager for 50 years

The Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sports Awards have been held at the Ricoh Arena, in Coventry, with two of the winners coming from the Rugby area.

The event, which is now in its 11th year, celebrates the cream of the sporting scene across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire including those who have made a tremendous contribution to sport in the professional and amateur fields.

A total of 16 award titles were handed out on the night recognising the achievements of both teams and individuals as well as volunteers and upcoming stars of the future.

Robert Towersey was named Sports Apprentice of the Year for improving the quality of PE while completing his level two apprenticeship in activity leadership at Cawston Grange Primary School in Scholars Drive.

It has been a successful year for the 20-year-old who also secured an academic scholarship to study geography at Coventry University.

He said: “I’m massively shocked to have received the award - it’s not something I ever expected, particularly because I broke my leg half way through the apprenticeship.

“But the staff at Cawston Grange were really supportive and I just really looked forward to going to work every day.

“It has really helped to build my confidence because I am naturally very shy and I enjoyed seeing the difference in the children and watching them grow over the year that I was there.

“I’m now studying geography with a view to do a PGCE in primary education after university. I am also looking to go back to Cawston Grange for another placement to observe as a teacher and I was really proud to find out that they were pleased with the work I achieved.”

This year’s Unsung Hero Award was presented to Terry Wootton who joined Old Laurentian Rugby Football Club in 1941. He has been kit manager at the club for the last 50 years, organising playing shirts, repairing rips and tears and arranging laundering.

Tracy Murphy, of CSW Sport, said the awards are a fantastic opportunity to showcase the strength of the sporting talent across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire.

She said: “The awards are one of the most exciting occasions in our local sporting calendar and once again it was a really competitive field with 44 nominees from a wide-range of sporting backgrounds.

“I would like to congratulate all of the winners on their achievements which underline the fantastic sporting prowess we have in our community.

“The awards not only allow us to celebrate talented athletes, but also the volunteers, unsung heroes and future rising stars who dedicate their time and give so much back to sport.”

The awards are organised by Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sport (CSW Sport) with support from BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, Coventry City Council, Coventry University, Wasps, the Ricoh Arena, Nuneaton and Bedworth Council, the University of Warwick and EnV.

Individual award titles were sponsored by Coventry City Council, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, Create Development, CSW Sport Accelerate Coaching Network, EnV, Sport Solihull, Positive Youth Foundation, Coventry Sports Foundation, Engage! Coventry, the University of Warwick, Coventry University, SCCU, Sport Coventry, Coventry Sports Network and Wasps.

Rugby award 1: (From left to right) Scott Riddell (SCCU) with Sports Apprentice of the Year Robert Towersey

Award Winner Location

Community Project of the Year The UCAN project Coventry

Newcomer of the Year Paul Adderley (rugby referee) Coventry

Young Sportswoman of the Year Kare Abdenegan (GB wheelchair racer) Coventry

Higher Education Sportsperson of the Year Jamaal Otto (British Karate Champion) Coventry University

Team of the Year Coventry Blaze Ice Hockey Club Coventry

Lifetime Achievement Award Bill Adocks (Coventry Godiva Harriers) Coventry

Young Sports Volunteer of the Year Shamira Naidu-Young University of Warwick

PE Teacher of the Year David Farrar (Shrubland Street Primary School) Leamington

Sportswoman of the Year Laura Bassett (English international football) Nuneaton

Unsung Hero Award Terry Wootton (Old Laurentian RFC) Rugby

Junior Team of the Year Warwickshire U10 County Tennis Team Rugby

Sports Apprentice of the Year Robert Towersey (Cawston Grange Primary School) Rugby

Young Sportsman of the Year Oliver Cresswell Stratford

Community Club of the Year Old Silhillians Hockey Club Solihull

Sportsman of the Year Robert Oliver (Paralympic canoeist) Solihull