By Elizabeth Hughes
CITY College celebrated double success in Brighton & Hove Council’s City Sport and Physical Activity Awards held at American Express Community Stadium. Boxing Academy star Archie Hutchins won Young Sports Personality of the Year while his coach, Adam Haniver, won the Coach of the Year Award.
The awards are further recognition for the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) at City College Brighton and Hove and add to its impressive collection of trophies.
Archie Hutchins progressed to National Junior ABA Middleweight Champion earlier this year and won “Achiever of the Year” at the Argus Achievement Awards this autumn.
Since 2008, the Council’s annual City Sport and Physical Activity Awards have paid tribute to those who are helping to make a difference.
The awards recognize and celebrate the best of the city’s sports clubs, coaches, volunteers and up and coming talent.
Speaking at the Awards, Cllr Bill Randall, Leader of Brighton and Hove Council, said:
“These awards celebrate the special achievements of people in the city. Sport and physical activity plays an important role in improving health and wellbeing, bringing communities together, and contributing to the economy of the city.”
The evening also saw a candid presentation from former Olympic Silver medallist (Sydney, 2000) sailor Mark Covell, who shared his experiences of being involved in an Olympic Games and reminded guests that “win or lose, the biggest goal for people taking part in sport is to have fun”.
In 2011, the City Sport & Physical Activity Awards were supported by NHS Sussex, Freedom Leisure and the Merry Men Society.
As the leading not for profit leisure trust in the South East, running 29 leisure sites across Sussex and Kent, Freedom Leisure have no shareholders to pay and surplus income is re-invested directly into the centres we run to provide an improved leisure service for the communities in which we operate.
Since April 1st 2011 Freedom Leisure has been operating six leisure centres in Brighton and Hove in partnership with Brighton and Hove City Council including the Withdean Sports Complex and the King Alfred Leisure Centre. We are dedicated to working with our partners to deliver first class services and facilities and to encourage everyone to enjoy and participate regularly in a healthy and active lifestyle and have some fun doing it. Find them at www.freedom-leisure.co.uk.
Merry Men Society
The Merry Men Society is the fundraising arm of Brighton and Hove Youth Sports Partnerships (registered charity no.109061). The aim of the Merry Men Society is to provide support for outstanding local youth sports talent unable to fulfil their potential due to lack of finance.
For more information, either in getting involved or applying for funding, contact Jim Ward, Merry Men Society, P.O. Box 2831, Brighton BN1 6ES or firstname.lastname@example.org.