Adam Coffman of Haringey has won the Volunteer of the Year Award, sponsored by SkillsActive, at the PRO-ACTIVE London Awards for Sport & Physical Activity.
Adam has made a massive impact in his local community in Haringey through three key projects.
First, Adam played a key role in the complete regeneration of Fairlands Park, which resulted in a new play and sports area. He was then successful in securing funding to run regular tennis sessions at the facility.
His second project was to develop a primary schools cricket programme, which involved a series of cricket coaching sessions and a primary schools Cricket tournament.
His final project has been the establishment of a Sunday ‘Family Activities Programme’, resulting in regular family events and activities, such as cycle rides, family days out, cycle workshops and training courses.
Head of National Partnerships Stephen Mitchell says: “Whether they be a coach, official or club treasurer, volunteers play a vital role in encouraging and supporting people to get involved, and stay involved, in sport and active leisure. SkillsActive is really pleased to acknowledge Adam's wide ranging efforts in his community.”
Over 500 nominations were received for the PRO-ACTIVE London 2012 awards on 27 April - the only regional awards which celebrate the contribution of thousands of people, the majority of whom are volunteers, who make it possible for so many people to take part. Other winners include:
• Outstanding Contribution to Sport – Alex Welsh (Multi boroughs)
• Young Volunteer of the Year - Jordan Sargeant (Havering)
• Coach / Instructor of the Year – Pierre Aghabala (Croydon/Wandsworth)
• Project of the Year – BMX Legacy Project (Greenwich, Newham, Waltham Forest, Hackney, Tower Hamlets)
• Club of the Year - Waltham Forest Hockey Club (Waltham Forest)
For more information on the past and present awards and the nominations please visit www.pro-activelondonawards.org