Sporting chance for top clubs

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The region’s remarkable eclectic sporting mix is reflected in the nominations for Club of the Year Award at the South Yorkshire Sports Awards.

Rotherham Sailing Club, Wath Cricket Club and the City of Sheffield Diving Club will be going for gold at the event which will be held at the English Institute of Sport next Wednesday (Jan 19).

South Yorkshire Sport Director, Bruce Kelsey, said: “The quality of the nominees for our Club of the Year Award proves that there is a huge and lasting commitment to sport across South Yorkshire. These clubs are truly an inspiration to us all.

“They, and the many others that operate across South Yorkshire, are managed by an army of dedicated volunteers, deliver high quality community based sports programmes and are a fantastic example of what can be achieved by determination and team work.

“Reading about their achievements shows the wealth and depth of sporting opportunity we have in South Yorkshire. It’s fantastic to see such a wide variety of sports represented in this category and hopefully these clubs can use their nominations to increase interest in their sports in 2011.”

It was a fantastic year for Rotherham Sailing Club who achieved Royal Yachting Association Training Centre accreditation.

Based at Harthill Reservoir, between Sheffield and Worksop, the club’s instructors have developed a comprehensive training, coaching and sailing programme plus links with schools, scout groups and national mentoring charity SOVA (Supporting Others Through Voluntary Action). The club, which now boats around 120 members, and charity have joined forces to provide ‘try sailing’ days for people, such as young offenders or asylum seekers, who wouldn’t normally get the opportunity.

Wath CC was formed in the 1890s and is still entirely run by volunteers. The club is accredited by the England and Wales Cricket Board and is recognised for its excellent facilities, coaching and opportunities it provides for junior and senior teams alike.