Tuesday 27 March 2012
The Barclays Community Sports Award for February has been awarded to Ros Cramp, Disability Coordinator at the Stevenage and North Herts Athletics Club.
Ros has spent the past 12 years developing a fully inclusive club for disabled athletes, four of whom are due to take part in the Paralympics test event on May 8th 2012 and seven will compete in the UK School Games on May 9th.
Supported by volunteer coaches, the entire club trains together on Monday evenings where Ros mentors and encourages the disability squad, the coaches and the wider club.
With some young members travelling for an hour to train at the site at Ridlins Stadium in Stevenage, it is clear they value Ros as an important role model who has dedicated her life to helping youngsters achieve their sporting goals.
In addition to her role at Stevenage and North Herts Althetics Club, Ros also runs the N-Able Herts Disability Sports Association, which includes North Herts Boccia Club, the Hitchin Town Ability Counts Football Team, and the North Herts Disability Swim Squad.
Upon receiving the award, Ros commented: "I was overwhelmed when I found out that I had won the Barclays Community Sport Award.
"To help youngsters take part in sport, no matter what their disability, is so important to me. My work is a passion and I thoroughly enjoy what I do, so to be recognised for that is absolutely amazing."
The Barclays Community Sports Award is in its second year and will be awarded each month throughout the football season, just like the awards for the Barclays Player and Manager of the Month.
"To help youngsters take part in sport, no matter what their disability, is so important to me"
- Ros Cramp
The award aims to demonstrate the outstanding contributions to grassroots sports that are being made by individuals up and down the country, at the same time as those in the professional game are being recognised for their achievements.
The Barclays Community Sports Award is delivered in partnership between Barclays Spaces for Sports, the Premier League's Creating Chances programme and the Football Foundation.
Each monthly winner will receive £1,000 for their group or organisation, a limited edition trophy and will be entered into the end of season award to win a further £5,000, all donated by Barclays Spaces for Sports.
The end of season award winner will also receive a VIP trip to London to receive their award from Gareth Southgate.
To nominate a person, group or organisation for the Barclays Community Sports Award of the Month visit barclayscommunitysportsaward.com.