Newton and Heanor teen nominated for 2014 Derbyshire Sports Awards

Robert Martin
Robert Martin

An inspirational young volunteer from Newton and a Heanor teen have made the final shortlist for the 2014 Derbyshire Sports Awards.

Robert Martin is one of two finalists in the frame for the Young Sports Leader/Young Coach of the Year.

Ju Jitsu, Kobudo and Barjutsu expert Robert is the first person in the world to achieve Yudansha Gold Tab 13 status, and uses all his knowledge to good effect as a dedicated martial arts mentor.

The 20-year-old has put in more than 500 hours of his time to coach students from Tibshelf Community School, as well as clubs across the area, while also acting as a lead official in a series of athletics events, including the Derbyshire School Games.

Heanor’s Benjamin Saxton has made the final two in the Derby College Community Coach of the Year category, alongside High Peak cricket coach Richard Ball.

The 18-year-old has recently taken on his wide-ranging role at Eastwood and Heanor Foresters FC under-18s.

He is already assistant manager, coach and goalkeeper coach to Shipley Park Rangers FC under-10s and under-14s, using his experiences as an enthusiastic player between the ages of seven and 15 to make training sessions fun.

The pair will find out if they have been chosen as an overall winner on awards night at The Roundhouse in Derby on 6th November, with finalists in five of the 13 categories so far announced.

Ollie Shearer, Sports Development Manager at the University of Derby which is sponsoring the awards, said: “The Derbyshire Sports Awards showcase some of the inspiring work that is happening in sport across the county and encourages others to get involved.

“The University of Derby’s Team Derby is competing in the new National Badminton League- the first ever in the UK and one of only six franchised teams in the league.

“We are committed to nurturing talent and look forward to celebrating the achievements of the county’s talented sports stars and hard-working coaches and volunteers at the Derbyshire Sports Awards again this year.”

District awards ceremonies have been held across the county, with winners from each district going forward to be considered for the Derbyshire Sports Awards.