Winchester District Sports Awards 2014 launched at Sports Club speed-dating evening

Press Release: 18/11/2014


Thirteen local sports clubs attended an information evening last week to receive guidance and support on a variety of useful topics. The event was also the official launch of the 2014 Winchester District Sports Awards.

A speed-dating format was the order of the day with each club visiting different stations covering topics ranging from coach-funding and a sports festival event to school sport and social media.

Cllr Rob Humby, Leader of Winchester City Council, was also on hand to discuss future facility needs and update local clubs on the next steps for River Park Leisure Centre.

Cllr Humby commented:

 The evening was a fantastic chance for me to meet our local sports clubs and spend some time chatting about a number of facility issues. I know that from early feedback received that clubs found the information offered at the other tables invaluable and would like to see another event of this type organised next year.

The event also gave the Winchester District Sport & Physical Activity Alliance (SPAA) the opportunity to launch the 2014 Sports Awards. The SPAA awards are now in their seventh year and nominations are being taken across 16 categories. Nominations can be made online and the closing date for entries is 11 January 2015.

Pete Leamore, Vice Chair of the Winchester District SPAA, said:

The awards are a great chance for our local clubs to nominate people who work tirelessly behind the scenes and for the performers who do exceptionally well. At the event we were able to achieve some targeted development work whilst encouraging clubs to think about whom they wish to nominate. We’re expecting the competition to be fierce this year so I’d urge clubs to nominate as early as possible to guarantee consideration by the SPAA.

Mike Caldwell, from the Racqueteers Cricket Club, said:

The speed-dating format was an excellent idea, and I enjoyed meeting the various dates that you had lined up for us, and of course fellow cricketers. Even though The Racqueteers is a humble, non-league, but very enthusiastic team, I came away from the evening with some great ideas for developing our team, through promotion, possible funding and potential contact with local schools.”

Further to the awards and the speed-dating event, clubs attending were treated to a tour of the new facilities at Sparsholt College which included the new gym, fitness suite, sports hall and the climbing wall. Further SPAA events are planned for next year and any clubs interested in attending or learning more should contact the Sport and Physical Activity Team at Winchester City Council on 01962 848532 or e-mail