SPORTS AWARDS: ‘Fantastic’ Hartlepool Sportability Club nominated

Liz Starrs from the Hartlepool Sport Ability Club.
Liz Starrs from the Hartlepool Sport Ability Club.

A SPORTS club has been hailed as a “fantastic service doing great work”.

And in the year that the Hartlepool Sportability Club celebrates its 25th anniversary, it has been nominated for a Hartlepool Mail Sports Award.

Sports co-ordinator Liz Starrs and colleague Glynis Hanson, the club secretary, have also been nominated.

Liz said: “It is brilliant, especially as it comes from the Hartlepool Mail Sports Awards. I think they are an excellent idea.”

Tributes for the club have come in from sources including Jacky Sullivan who said: “With the help of its dedicated team of volunteers, it provides a fantastic service.”

She added: “This club provides various sporting activities, days out,and outward bound trips for the disabled community.

“The club relies heavily on funding, goodwill, as well as coaches and volunteers who make this club the success it is.

“We see first hand what is involved and the dedication of the team who provide this service on a weekly basis.”

The club is based in the Headland Sports Hall and meets on a Tuesday evening from 7pm to 9pm.

It allows its members to take part in sports such as beach volleyball, rock climbing, Nordic walking and archery.

Ten pin bowling, cycling and tennis have all been enjoyed thanks to coaches who pay a visit from other clubs in and around Hartlepool.

The club was first set up in 1988 by the Hartlepool Borough Council sports development team.

Liz explained: “From a handful of people, we now have a thriving membership of about 60 people with a waiting list of more who want to join.

“We pride ourselves on the quality coaching and health-related exercise we offer to members.

“To be nominated for an award is a fantastic achievement for the whole club.”

We have already had a fantastic selection of nominations for the awards from cricketers to boxers and triathletes to runners.

But the search for more entries continues and people have until September 13 to put forward their favourites in the Hartlepool sporting world.

Whether it’s grass roots stars to those excelling at an international level, we want to include them all.

There are 13 categories in this year’s competition:

l Team of the Year;

l Sportsperson Special Achievement Award;

l Disabled Sports Person Award;

l Disabled Team of the Year;

l Contribution to Disability Sports Award;

l Sports Official/Referee Award;

l Coach of the Year Award;

l Unsung Hero Award or Volunteer/Young Leader Award;

l Club of the Year Award;

l Lifetime Achievement Award;

l Sports Personality of the Year Award;

l Young Sports Personality of the Year Award;

l Inspire Award.

To nominate a person or group, fill in the form on this page or visit the Hartlepool Mail website at www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk and click on the link to the awards.