Erewash students receive recognition at special awards ceremony

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Students from across Erewash were honoured for their outstanding sporting achievements at an awards ceremony.

More than 80 pupils were finalists at the Erewash School Sports Awards and those who won were rewarded for their ability, dedication, determination and hard work.

The event was organised by Erewash School Sport Partnership and Erewash School Sport Association and attended by 230 parents and pupils.

First Grade Clothing Ltd and First Grade Coaching Ltd were the evening’s main sponsors after an appeal was made by the partnership. Erewash Labour Party and Erewash:Sport also sponsored awards.

The winners were:

Year 6 Mini Leaders – Shardlow Primary; Year 5/6 Sports Hall Athletics – St Thomas Catholic Primary; KS3 Endeavour – Bronagh Riley, of St John Houghton School; Individual Girl – Megan Bruce, of Kirk Hallam Community Technology and Sports College; Individual Boy – Dominic Chambers, of St John Houghton, Young Leader – Kieran Bartlett, of Kirk Hallam College, Best Team – U16 Girls Football Team at Kirk Hallam College.

Rhian Lilley, Erewash School Sport Partnership development manager, said Kieran Bartlett was a great Young Ambassador.

She said: “He has run and helped out at competitions, he’s delivered assemblies to secondary and primary schools about the Olympics. He’s a keen footballer and has been nominated for the FA Young Volunteer Award.”

Mrs Lilley also praised Megan Bruce for her achievements.

She said: “She’s an athlete who has competed at district events, a record holder in the 200m and long jump. She’s played netball and been asked to join the Derbyshire Satellite Netball Squad.

“Megan is also an archery competitor. She is not only an amazing athlete but she is also highly committed to all areas of sport.”

Matthew Hayes, a pupil at Wilsthorpe Community School in Long Eaton, and Rob Ereminowicz, a teacher at Brackenfield Special School, in Long Eaton, were also honoured for their Service to School Sport.

Before handing out the awards, Mrs Lilley described Matthew as a “credit to himself and his school” who officiated at competitions and festivals as well as being a competitor.

Mrs Lilley said Mr Ereminowicz, who is retiring after 11 years at Brackenfield, was pivotal in taking disabled sports forward in Erewash, organising many competitions and festivals.

She said: “His passion shines through and we will dearly miss him and so will his school.”

The winners of each category will be put forward to the Erewash Sports Awards, organised by the community sport network and Derbyshire Sport and aimed at high level performers.

Mrs Lilley said the evening was a great success.

She said: “The awards gave us the chance to celebrate the successes of individual performers, teams and volunteers in sports.

“These young people are a credit to their schools when they are so passionate about PE and school sport and we wanted to reward them for that.”

Erewash School Sport Partnership has launched a fund-raising campaign to ensure that it survives.

The partnership needs to raise at least £60,000 to continue its good work after its annual Government grant was slashed as part of the national spending review.

For more information contact Rhian Lilley on 07920 283716.