Hailing the breadth of competition in the Cambridge United Sport in the Community Awards

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:15 14 February 2018

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First monthly winners announced

Footgolf player Jamie Cullum. Picture: Keith HeppellFootgolf player Jamie Cullum. Picture: Keith Heppell

A wide cross-section of sports are represented in the first Cambridge United Sport in the Community Awards.

The aim of the awards is to recognise the sports and achievements that may otherwise have gone under the radar, and seek to publicise the efforts across a large section of the community.

And the first monthly winners of the year certainly do that, with footgolf, judo, rugby union, youth sport and women’s football all put into the focus.

“The primary aim when we launched the Sport in the Community awards was to recognise the outstanding efforts taking place to promote and encourage further involvement in sport, across the community,” said Cambridge United Community Trust chief executive Ben Szreter.

“The winners demonstrate so much that is good about sport, whether it be keeping people engaged, providing facilities to increase participation, teaching the next generation or achieving success in a given field.

“We will continue to put a spotlight on such superb efforts in our sporting community in the future.”

Star of the month – Jamie Cullum

It was a 2017 to remember for Jamie Cullum, who was voted UK Footgolfer of the Year.

Jamie swept all before him in a season which saw him finish as UK No 1 and world No 2.

He represented the UK in the inaugural Jansen Cup in California, a Ryder Cup-style event which saw the country defeat the USA.

Jamie was victorious in the Welsh Open, English Open and UK Pro Tour and was also partnered to success to be crowned UK pairs champion. In the majors, Jamie achieved top-five finishes in the Italian Open (second), USA open (fourth) and French Open (fifth).

Jamie also captained the UK team to glory in the European Championships, beating host country France.

One of his biggest achievements and highlights was captaining the UK team in the European Championships which the UK won after an intense battle against the French who were the host country.

Jamie finished the season in December in Morocco in the end of season finale for the UK which saw him pick up multiple trophies, and also the French Footgolf Cup.

Champion of the month – Deborah Barr

Work behind the scenes is just as important as what is seen on the ‘frontline’ of sport, and that is certainly the case with regards to Deborah Barr.

Since joining Cambridge Rugby Club’s committee as membership secretary 18 months ago, Deborah has been a driving force in revamping and increasing the playing and social membership.

She has implemented a new membership CRM, tidied up the database to bring all memberships up to date and engaged with members via regular communication and introduced a new point-of-sale system to the bar.

Deborah’s enthusiasm, hard work and tireless energy has seen the membership increase by 15 per cent, and the communication has meant they are better informed of what is happening at the club.

Deborah is also a regular volunteer on the gate on matchdays, and helps out on the club’s maintenance days.

Coach of the month – Szandra Szogedi

An Olympic judoka at Rio 2016, having retired from the sport Szandra Szogedi is now dedicating her time to coaching children judo.

Every day she goes into a different school in Cambridge to teach judo.

She starts early in the morning at breakfast clubs in schools before going on to another school to coach at lunchtime. And Szandra can then go on to coach at after-school clubs.

And the nomination for Szandra added: “The children absolutely love her and she has had a massive impact on their lives.

“I can truly say that she is an inspiration. She teaches over 100 children per week judo and they are truly inspired by her.”

Team of the month – Cambridge City

It has been a whirlwind three years for Cambridge City Ladies.

The young squad have shown continual development and as they have grown together as a group, the success has been achieved on the pitch.

They have earned promotion three years in a row – they are currently in the East Region Women’s Football League, Premier Division – and this season enjoyed a good run in the Women’s FA Cup.

It is not just on the pitch that they have impressed, as they have raised money for special causes.

School of the month – Bottisham Village College

With a fairly new all-weather pitch, Bottisham Village College are aiming to grow the programmes they have on offer to encourage youngsters to participate in sport.

They hosted the EFL Kids Cup, and the work to make it a success had a positive impact on participants.

They provided the pitch for free to host 27 teams in a mixed tournament, with group stages followed by knockout games.

With accommodating staff and facilities, it was felt Bottisham went above and beyond in order to host the tournament and provide a positive experience of sport for the primary school kids.

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