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Efforts of North Lanarkshire sport volunteers recognised at council ceremony

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 00:36 GMT on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013.

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EFFORTS made by local sports coaches across North Lanarkshire have been officially recognised by the area’s council, at the first North Lanarkshire Council Awards evening.

The evening of awards were held on 5 June 2013, with Christine Pollock, Executive Director of Learning and Leisure Services for North Lanarkshire Council explain that the evening was about recognising the “fantastic work” undertaken by the area’s sports coaches.

Commenting, Christine Pollock, Executive Director of Learning and Leisure Services, said: "The awards are a way of recognising the fantastic work undertaking by coaches, clubs and volunteers throughout North Lanarkshire.

"We share SportScotland's vision that coaches and volunteers are rewarded and recognised, and we are delighted that they have sponsored our local coaching and volunteering award categories, and that our winners and nominees will automatically go forward and have the opportunity to be recognised at the SportScotland coaching, officiating and volunteering awards later this year."

The winners from the evening were:
Young Person's Coach of the Year - Mark Ure, who coaches football in four Wishaw Schools and regularly coaches over 100 children per week, with a Level 3 football qualification, as well as Child Protection and First Aid certificates. Mark is also an integral member of the Wishaw Action Group for Sport (WAGS). 

Extra-Curricular Coach of the Year (Primary) - Elizabeth Dickson; a principal teacher at Glengowan Primary School, in Airdrie, Elizabeth delivers netball, football, cross country and basketball after school clubs.

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Extra-Curricular Coach of the Year (Secondary) - Ann Lafferty; a PE teacher at St Andrew's High School, in Coatbridge, Ann runs three different after-school clubs: netball, athletics and gymnastics, as well as being a coach for the Kildonan Gymnastics club for 33 years.

Young Coach of the Year - Craig Peattie; head coach of the Cumbernauld section of the Clyde Powerchair Football Club, Craig was pivotal in the club's launch and ongoing success, as well as coaching 10 footballers with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy.

Community Club Coach of the Year - Lisa Palombo; Lisa established the St Maurice's Gladiators basketball team alongside the late Jim Lay, and now plays under the name Lady Rocks, with over 100 members aged from 11 years, with the club producing 16 internationalists and one GB international.

Young Volunteer of the Year - Craig Grierson. A Bellshill Academy student, Craig, set up and ran the S1 boys' football team this year; a team who attended various fixtures and events enjoying much success. With Mark - through the Mark Scott Awards - also previously co-ordinating and running 2 mornings of sports activities for local primary schools to help break down sectarian barriers.

Volunteer of the Year - Robert McCallum. Robert is Chairman of Gartcairn Football Academy – a club based in the Gartlea area of Airdrie, involving over 300 male and female players, with the club also being SFA quality marked and North Lanarkshire Council accredited. Robert commits over 40 hours a week to Gartcarin FA.

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