Erewash success at sports awards night

Beth Grainger with Cllr George Wharmby, Chair of Derbyshire County Council
Beth Grainger with Cllr George Wharmby, Chair of Derbyshire County Council

Erewash sporting stars Paul Standring and Beth Grainger, and Draycott and Long Eaton Table Tennis Club were among the winners at the Derbyshire Sports Awards, sponsored by the University of Derby.

Draycott and Long Eaton Table Tennis Club was named the Cooper Parry Club of the Year – the second time in three years the club has won the award.

It is one of only five table tennis clubs in England to gain the new ETTA five-star club rating, and caters for players of all ages, from beginners to England Internationals, with 20 competitive teams.

The Derby College Coach of the Year title was jointly awarded to Paul Standring from Sandiacre Town Cricket Club and James Maudsley, Head Coach of the Derby Trailblazers senior Division One men’s basketball team.

Paul has coached young players at Sandiacre Town CC for more than ten years, organising all indoor and outdoor coaching, and coaches players of all levels and abilities.

There were also joint winners of the Derbyshire County Council Young Sports Leader/Young Coach of the Year award, which was presented to Beth Grainger, a gymnastics coach and athletics official from Kirk Hallam; and Luke Sheldon, who runs a football team at Eckington School and devised the ‘Breaking Down Barriers’ programme to raise awareness about disability sport.

Beth is a volunteer coach at Gymtastics Gymnastics Club, and this year she also officiated athletics at the UK School Games and was selected to travel to The Gambia, where she worked with young people for a week.

Results of the Derbyshire Sports Awards were announced at The Roundhouse in Derby on Thursday during a ceremony attended by 270 people.

Guest of honour was Sally Gunnell OBE, who won gold in the 400m hurdles at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.

Cllr Carol Hart, chair of Derbyshire Sport, said: “It is fantastic to see that Derbyshire has such a wealth of talented sports performers, great clubs and dedicated coaches and volunteers, who are all committed to improving sport in Derbyshire, and it is great to be able to recognise the dedication these people show and the contribution that they make.

“My congratulations go to each of the winners and I wish them many more years of sporting success.

“It was wonderful to see so many people join us at The Roundhouse to celebrate all that is great about sport in Derbyshire.”

The University of Derby was the title sponsor of the event, and other sponsors include Derby City Council and Derby College.

In addition to being a category sponsor, Matrix also sponsored the drinks reception at the event.