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University Celebrates Night of Successes at Awards Ceremonies

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The University of Worcester celebrated a night of successes at two separate awards ceremonies.

The University scooped two awards at the Worcestershire Ambassadors Corporate Social Responsibility Awards. Meanwhile, at the Worcester Sports Awards one student and three graduates of Worcester picked up awards.

At the Worcestershire Ambassadors event, the University picked up the Community Award for its Learning Through Sport programme.

The initiative has been running for over 10 years now, during which time thousands of children have been enthused and inspired to get involved in sport but to also use sport as a mechanism to improve learning in other areas.

Mick Donovan, Head of the University’s Institute of Sport & Exercise Science, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to gain the recognition that this award brings and it reflects the work of a large number of committed people over the past 12 years. The great thing is that we have even more exciting plans to extend our work that will help even more people in the future.”

Glyn Harding, Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching Science, picked up the Individual Award for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility at the Ambassadors awards. Glyn has worked tirelessly for a number of years with students and the community to raise participation in sport for all, particularly focusing on disability sport. He has also been a driving force in increasing employment opportunities for students.

“I’m really honoured to have received this award,” he said. 

At the Worcester Sports Awards, run by Worcester City Council, Environmental Management graduate Jason Copsey was named Senior Male Sports Person of the Year. Jason, who is hoping to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the Javelin event, founded the Athletics Society at the University, which has been growing year on year.

Third year Sports Coaching student Josh Hanley picked up the award for Volunteer of the Year, for his long term volunteering at grass roots football. Josh has volunteered at the Snoezelen Sports Crew for the past 12 months and has inspired participants with multiple disabilities to want to ‘be like him’ and strive for better performance. 

University of Worcester graduate Sammy Engele won the award for Contribution to Higher Education and Further Education Sport, which was sponsored by the University of Worcester. Sammy has enabled hundreds of students to part take in extra-curricular sport, with over 90 students regularly participating in a newly established Badminton club.

Fellow Worcester graduate Matthew Peacock won the award for Contribution to Physical Activity. Matthew provides mentoring and guidance to a number of 1-2-1 clients and the Worcester Well-being Group.  This year he helped one of his clients lose 120lbs in weight.

In addition, Hannah Chenneour-Cocking, Sports and Societies Co-ordinator with Worcester Students’ Union, was among those nominated for the Higher Education and Further Education Sport award.