Top award for rugby stalwart Sawyer

Tim Sawyer pictured with Ritchie Humphreys.
Tim Sawyer pictured with Ritchie Humphreys.

APPEARANCES at Hartlepool Sports Council’s annual awards evenings are not a new experience for Tim Sawyer.

West rugby club’s head coach has found himself in the spotlight at Hornby Park now for two of the last four years.

Alas, his name went on the 2008 Volunteer coach trophy as KIM SAWYER.

There were no such problems this year after collecting the inaugural school sports co-ordinator of the year at the prize ceremony.

The 35-year-old was also at Seaton Sports and Social Club as part of the West party who won the Outstanding Club Performance prize after a triumphant season for his rugby team.

Sawyer’s day job as a school teacher earned him his first visit on stage to receive his trophy from guest of honour Ritchie Humphreys.

Hartlepool Sports Council’s secretary Jim Rodgers said Sawyer won the award for “outstanding” work in providing sporting activities for local schoolchildren.

Sawyer, modestly, said he was surprised to be nominated and even more shocked to win.

“It’s not just me who has been working on this,” he said.

“It’s really about trying to increase participation in sport in both primary and secondary schools.

“We’ve been helping to get PE and school sport started in primary schools, going in and assisting the teachers there.

“We do all sports – the traditional stuff like football, rugby, cricket and netball etc.

“But we know some of that may not be everyone’s cup of tea, so we’ve done dance festivals, gymnastics, archery, orienteering and other stuff.

“There has been a large participation in the last two to three years and the expectation now is that a lot of children go into secondary schools and they’ll be able to try these different sports and activities.

“That puts the onus on the secondary schools to provide these sports.

“This has been running for a good few years now.

“I was at Brierton School and now I’m based between Catcote School and St Hild’s and it’s been very enjoyable seeing so many children take part and enjoy sport.”

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