Starlets Score Awards Hat Trick
1 December 2018
We were excited to be back at the Herts Sports Partnership Service to Sport Awards, for what is always a celebration of the many dedicated and enthusiastic individuals, projects and clubs that make up the sport and physical activity landscape of our county.
In such inspiring company we were extremely proud to even have been nominated, so it was a huge moment for us to come away from the evening with three trophies.
Female Community Coach of the Year – 3rd Place
First up on the evening was our very own Club Secretary and Coach Denise Wells, who was once again nominated for Female Community Coach of the Year, which ‘recognises the outstanding contribution of a female coach at community level who provides high quality coaching in a voluntary capacity’.
Having won this Award in 2017 it was a truly remarkable achievement to have made the shortlist once again. Denise has clearly not been resting on her laurels this last 12 months and reaching the final three from such a quality field is a real testament to the hard work and effort that Denise puts in across our teams.
Congratulations Denise – we guess it wouldn’t be fair if you were to win it every year!
This Girl Can in Herts Award – 2ndPlace
Next up was an award which ‘recognises the contribution of individuals or groups who have taken a leading role motivating and inspiring women and girls through sport and physical activity over the last 12 months’.
Getting more girls playing football is what we are all about as a club, so it was a great honour to be recognised for our efforts in this area. Over the last year we have continued to see more and more girls come along and realise that football is something that’s for them, and quickly develop a love of the game.
It’s an exciting time in female sport, but there is still much work to be done and barriers to broken down if we are to create equal opportunities, so we are exceptionally proud to be considered even a small part of driving this forward.
Huge congratulations to the winners, along with all those nominated on the great work they are doing. For the good of female sport we sincerely hope the competition in this category continues to go from strength to strength in years to come!
Community Club of the Year – Winner
Lastly and most proudly of all, we were nominated for the Community Club of the Year Award which ‘recognises clubs, and sections within community clubs whether old or new, who can demonstrate why they are outstanding and make a notable contribution to their local community over the last 12 months’.
We are just so honoured to have won this award. When we started our goal was simply to give girls a place to play football, somewhere they could feel comfortable and confident learning the game and enjoy developing their skills.
The idea that 18 months on we could have almost 100 girls playing for us and be considered to be having a positive impact on our wider community is more than we could ever have dared imagine. To have picked up a hat trick of Club of the Year awards along the way is quite simply beyond our wildest dreams.
This has been another very special night for us. We could not be more proud and are genuinely humbled by all the love and support for our little club.
Of course we couldn’t do this without the help of others, so we dedicate this award to all of our incredible volunteers who give up so much time to help make it all happen, and of course the amazing group of supporters and sponsors without whose generous contributions none of this would have been possible.
Thank you all so much!