Local sporting talent was celebrated at the 2017 Reigate and Banstead Sports Awards in October. Organised annually by the Reigate and Banstead District Sports Council and funded by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council along with other sponsors, the awards celebrate the wealth of sporting talent in Horley, Reigate, Banstead, Redhill and surrounding villages.
“The breadth of sports featuring in our shortlisted nominations shows what an excellent range of sporting opportunities we have in our borough through local clubs and organisations. All those shortlisted are an inspiration. I’d like to congratulate them, particularly the winners, and thank them for their valuable contributions to sport in Reigate and Banstead,” says Councillor Ros Mill, Executive Member for Leisure at Reigate and Banstead Borough Council.
Award categories recognised achievements in sports for young people and senior citizens, coaching, volunteering, disability and club officials. Among the winners and runners up were individuals and teams involved in popular sports such as tennis, cricket and football along with those that are less well known such as lacrosse, pickleball and boccia.
Among the winners are Reikking Chips Under 13s Girls Rugby Club team who won the award for the Young Girls’ Team of the Year and Peter Gregory who won the Disabled Sports Award. Peter is a wheelchair user who hand cycled this year from London to Paris in three days. Reikking Chips is a cluster of three small rugby clubs who did not have enough players individually to form a team so trained together to produce a team that went on to finish as the best in Surrey in the Girls’ Cup.
Local businesses Connick Tree Care, Simply Sports, Stanton Construction, Specsavers, Holmesdale Building Society and Hystar Construction joined the council’s partners, Better Leisure and Active Surrey plus, and sports organisations Redhill Cycling Club, Reigate Priory Cricket Club and Reigate and Banstead Sports Council in sponsoring the awards. Nominations were invited across all categories earlier in the year with shortlisting taking place in September. Nominations for the 2018 awards will open next summer and details will be available here.
The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Frank Kelly presented the Volunteer of the Year award which was sponsored by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. Also at the ceremony, the GLL Sports Foundation Athlete Awards were presented. The foundation provides financial support to young talented athletes in the borough to help them reach their potential.