Tuesday 11 December 2012
The inaugural Star Awards for awards for Southampton’s community project Saints Foundation took place in the Great Hall in Winchester with a number of the charity’s participants honoured.
Southampton executive chairman Nicola Cortese attended along with the club’s board of directors, manager Nigel Adkins and players Steven Davis, Jay Rodriguez and Emmanuel Mayuka, who presented the awards. The club and the Premier League were event partners, along with Carling, ETC and Squeeze 18.
Three foundation participants who have shown commitment, personal development and determination to overcome life challenges and improve their circumstances were honoured: Andrew Powell (Kickz/Saints Connect award), Colin Hughes (Saints4Sport award) and Michael Pearce (Saints-Ability award).
"Their performances and account of their personal journeys had a lasting effect on the evening’s guests"
In the past 12 months Powell and Hughes have made positive decisions to move forward in their lives and as their journeys continue they look forward to a brighter future, while Pearce has been attending the Saints-Ability programme for 10 years, overcoming the challenges of cerebral palsy to lead an active life as well as being an inspiration to the players within the programme with his commitment to the game.
Guests were also treated to a performance by opera singer Sean Ruane, who performed with young people from the foundation’s youth projects showcasing the talent of Southampton’s younger generation.
"The Star Awards created an opportunity to showcase the young people and adults from the Charity’s projects who demonstrated incredible talent and commitment to succeed in life, and in many cases made a conscious decision to turn their lives around," said Head of Saints Foundation Mark Abrahams.
"Their performances and account of their personal journeys had a lasting effect on the evening’s guests, and we very much hope the event demonstrated the impact Southampton Football Club has within its community often working outside the traditional boundaries of the sport."