Sport Awards 2018

The City of Worcester Sport Awards is an awards ceremony held once a year to celebrate the city’s sporting talent. This awards evening is a chance for athletes of Worcester to get the acknowledgement and credit that they deserve.

We have 14 award categories with 15 sponsors for this years event!

We are proud to announce this year that our main sponsor is Motor Tech’ who will also be sponsoring the ‘Howard Peters Award For Outstanding Contribution’.

We are also pleased to announce our media sponsor will be ‘Worcester News’.

For a full list of award winners please see below:


This award is for a school, college or university team or individual that has performed significantly well or shown a particularly great dedication to their sport.

Sponsored by University Of Worcester

Winner: Alex Perrey

As PE Coordinator at Perry Wood Primary School, Alex has made a huge impact in the last year by making sport and activity becoming more of a lifestyle within school.

In addition, Alex has ensured that sport is inclusive and accessible for all children in the school.

Clubs have been added to their after school clubs such as archery, tri-golf, disk golf, boccia, hand ball and blind football.

Thinking outside the box has really captured the imagination of the children, for example Alex helped Perry Wood Primary School recreate Anthony Joshua’s training videos on field!

Alex has also Introduced MOGA which combines mindfulness and yoga to help and support children’s physical and mental health.

Teachers began to incorporate this into PE Lessons and cool downs and since then have been used in academic lessons to give the children a brain break!

Congratulations to Alex Perrey!



This award will recognise a school that has made the most significant contribution to school sport development in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Sponsored by Blu Leisure

Winner: Cherry Orchard Primary School

For the fourth year running Cherry Orchard Primary School achieved the School Games National Gold Mark.

In 2017-18, the school had children participating in no less than 16 different disciplines, from football to boccia and from tri-golf to bell-boating.

As a true mark of their commitment to sport and being active, Cherry Orchard have 4 different sports days each year and through the child-led ‘Sports Society’, ran the inaugural ‘Sports Society Event’ planned and delivered by pupils from start to finish.

In addition they have introduced the Mile Run to start every outdoor PE lesson across the 21 classes in school, meaning all 622 pupils participate in high quality sporting activities.

Congratulations to Cherry Orchard Primary School!


A team who have achieved and attained a high level of performance. They have also displayed good attitude and aptitude in their chosen sport.

Sponsored by Heart of Worcestershire College

Winner: Rhythmic Gymnastics Worcester

The Rhythmic Gymnastics Red Team has been crowned national champions this year at the British Championships for the overall Espoirs u12 age group.

All 4 gymnasts in the team have competed as individual gymnasts with each of them qualifying for the Individual National Finals in their respective age groups.

All 4 gymnasts also collected medals as individuals at the West Midlands Championships. To round off a fantastic year, all 4 gymnasts have been selected as members of the 2018 English Aspire U12 Squad.

Congratulations to Rhythmic Gymnastics Worcester u12’s!



For a male individual under 18 years of age who has achieved a good standard of performance and has represented or contributed to a sport or club through their own dedication and commitment.

Sponsored by Technogym

Winner: Owen Cooper

Owen has now been boxing for 5 years, training every evening at Worcester City Boxing Club and running every morning for extra fitness.

In the past 12 months Owen has won his 4th Midland title in his 69 kg weight category and become National Champion.

Owen was then selected to train with England and now fights for his country.

His first fight was in March where he defeated Wales number one boxer and also achieved the ‘Best Fighter of the Night” award.

Congratulations to Owen Cooper!



For a female individual under 18 years of age who has achieved a good standard of performance and has represented or contributed to a sport or club through their own dedication and commitment.

Sponsored by Maitland Conservatories

Winner: Immie Gillgrass

Immie has been playing Hockey since the age of 5 and this year has been rewarded for all her efforts by being selected to play for England u16s girls’ team. To make this achievement even better, Immie scored a brilliant goal.

At a club level Immie plays for Worcester Hockey Club’s 1st team and u18s team, consistently guiding them to victories, playing as a forward, attacking with pace and scoring frequently.

As well as hockey, Immie qualified for and ran for Hereford and Worcester schools in the England Schools Cross Country Finals in Leeds.

Congratulations to Immie Gillgrass




For those under 18 for those who have voluntarily given up their time to Coaching/Involvement in sport from an administrative, organisational or other supporting role.

Sponsored by Worcester Sixth Form College

Winner: Jaiden Gwynne

Jaiden has been the pupils Sports Minister at Perry Wood Primary and Nursery School since August 2017.

During this time he has fulfilled his role above and beyond what has been expected of him.

He helped promote and raise money for Sport Relief, helping the school to raise £830.55 for charity.

The children of Perry Wood Primary School have to complete a series of challenges over the course of a week, with each challenge becoming more difficult. Jaiden helped every class complete their challenges every day! This meant that while every other child in the school completed a total of 5 challenges.

Jaiden completed his 5 challenges for all 14 classes in our school a total of 70 times!

Congratulations to Jaiden Gwynne!



For those who have voluntarily given up their time to Coaching/Involvement in sport
from an administrative, organisational or other supporting role.

Sponsored by Southco

Winner: Robert Cox

He’s been helping out at the Worcester Wolves Academy for the past ten years joining in 2008 when the first junior team was formed.

For the past 7 years Robert has been Club treasurer and director.

Robert has helped to increase the levels of participation in junior basketball across Worcester – Wolves Academy started with one team which has now developed to having eight regularly competing. Robert has also been the team manager, officiated games along with completing general administration jobs for the club.

After countless hours of volunteering over the past 10 years Robert announced at the end of the 17/18 season that he was going to be stepping down as director and treasurer of the club.

Congratulations to Robert Cox!



An individual who has shown commitment and has achieved success in their own right
either through taking part in sport or volunteering.

Sponsored by Disability Sport Worcestershire

Winner: Kieran Hodgson

Kieran began Martial Arts training at the age of 4.

Now at the age of 13 he has moved to Tae Kwon Do where he has worked hard, training 2 – 3 times a week in the Dojang and every other night in his own time, to get himself to 6th Gup (Green Belt).

Kieran has the Autistic Spectrum Disorder Asperger’s Syndrome.

In the short amount of time he has been with this new club Worcester Martial Arts, he has taken part in 7 tournaments winning a total of 9 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals.

Congratulations to Kieran Hodgson!




An individual club or project that has made a significant contribution to developing
community sport whilst also increasing opportunities for people to be more physically active.

Sponsored by Fortis Living

Winner: Worcester Taxi Super League

The Worcester Taxi Super League is now in its 7th year and has grown from strength to strength.

It was founded as a means of getting taxi drivers out of their taxis, into the fresh air and taking some exercise.

It has progressed from these modest beginnings to the stage where the Taxi Super League knock-out final was held in August 2018 at New Road, backed by Worcestershire County Cricket Club.

This is a truly intergenerational project, with over 100 players aged from 14 – 55 years.

Congratulations to Worcester Taxi Super League!



A club who have achieved accreditation recognition, also who have had significant
progress in developing opportunities for all over the last twelve months.

Sponsored by Worcestershire Knee and Hip Clinic

Winner: Worcester Swimming Club

In 2018, Worcester Swimming Club became the first club in the history of this county to qualify for the National Swimming League’s Final.

The club finished second at the regional final, just a couple of points behind Derby Swimming Club and qualified for the National B Final where they competed against 9 other clubs who were mostly city beacon clubs or elite teams.

At the 2018 Worcestershire County Championships, Worcester Swimming Club was the number one team at the event, winning 34% of all gold medals available across all age groups.

Congratulations to Worcester Swimming Club!




A person involved in coaching at any level; who has shown high levels of achievement when developing improved performance amongst sports people.

Sponsored by Nunnery Wood Colts FC

Winner: Mike Bennett

Mike has been coaching at Worcester Athletics Club for over 10 years and is responsible for athletes acquiring the national standards to attend national level competitions where some of his athletes have won medals.

In an average week Mike will commit over 20 hours towards helping his athletes through coaching or attending competitions including travelling to Birmingham University where some of his athletes study.

As well as his work with Worcester Athletics Club, Mike has been a large part of English School Athletics process.

Congratulations to Mike Bennett!




This award recognises an individual who has significantly changed and improved their life through adopting a more active lifestyle, whom may have also made a positive impact on the lives of others’ around them. Improvements can be in their physical health, mental wellbeing, personal improvement, social development or any combination.

Sponsored by Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Winner: Philippa Lord

In December 2015 Philippa suffered a catastrophic spinal injury – where she broke 2 vertebrae, fractured and dislocated vertebrae in the lumbar region of her spine. She was told that she only had a 10% chance of walking as the dislocated vertebrae were pressing into her spinal cord.

Rather than giving up she has channeled her drive and determination into running and has since completed the London Marathon 2018 during the hottest day on record, in a time of 5.09.30.

Phillipa has also ran the Worcester Half Marathon, in 2.08.44 and the Severn Bridge Half Marathon, in 2.12.00.

Congratulations to Philippa Lord!




For a male or female over 18 years, who has achieved a high standard of performance and has represented or contributed to a sport or club through their own dedication and commitment.

Sponsored by Hallmark Hulme

Winner: Jonny Arr

For 10 seasons, Jonny has devoted his rugby career to the Worcester Warriors, both a club and a city that he holds close to his heart.

Since joining Worcester RFC Mini/Juniors as a 7 year old he has grown from a boy into a Warrior, going on to make 202 appearances and counting for his hometown club.

For his outstanding commitment to Worcester Warriors, Jonny was awarded a testimonial for his 10 years of service with the Warriors.

Jonny is also heavily involved in charity work & volunteering, inside and outside of Worcester Warriors.

This year he has raised money and awareness for two charities; the Worcester Warriors Community Foundation and Restart Rugby and finished the year completing the Three Peaks Challenge

Congratulations to Jonny Arr!



For those that have made a long term significant contribution to the development of sport in an administration, organisational or other supportive role. This award is linked to the BBC’s National Sports Personality of the Year Awards for Unsung Hero.

Sponsored by TEC Electric Motors

Winner: Michael Underwood

Mick has been with Worcester City Amateur Boxing Club for over 40 years, in that time he has been head coach for 30 years in which he has trained 2 national champions and 7 midlands champions in the process.

Mick has recently overcome heart surgery which has not stopped his dedication for the sport because he has returned to the gym more than 4 nights a week and achieved his best ever year of results.

Mick has travelled over 7,000 miles with his boxers this year including taking some to Ireland to represent England on the amateur stage.

Mick has been branded as the back bone of Worcester Amateur Boxing Club and an outstanding role model for the boxers who have the upmost respect for him.

Congratulations to Michael Underwood!





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