Cumbernauld takes the gold after cleaning up at NL sports awards

Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 01:36 on 24 June 2015

NL Leisure

NL Leisure organised the special awards ceremony. Picture: Scott Campbell for Cumbernauld Media.

BROADWOOD Stadium’s boardroom played host to the annual North Lanarkshire Leisure Ltd Sports Award, earlier this month, with a number of coaching, teaching and volunteering talent showcased at a glitzy ceremony.

The 2015, NL Leisure Sport Awards took place at Broadwood Stadium on Friday 11th June with talent from across North Lanarkshire showcased on the evening, though Cumbernauld was well represented, with a number of awards going to people or groups from the town.

Amongst the winners from the evening was Cumbernauld’s Tony McDaid. He won in the coaching and volunteer category, picking up the Young Persons Coach of the Year award.  

Tony’s award was presented to him in honour of his coaching of the Lady Rocks National League Basketball Squad at St Maurice’s High School, in Cumbernauld, in addition to the seven hours he volunteers every week.

Speaking of his delight at picking up the award for the Young Persons Coach of the Year, Mr McDaid said: “I am very honoured to receive this award and didn’t expect it at all.  I love volunteering at Lady Rocks and hope to be part of the club for many years to come.

“Physical activity plays a key role in improving lifestyles.  These awards are important because they are not just about individual success and achievement but highlight the hard work and commitment of everyone involved,” he added.

On a glittering evening of success, seven schools were also awarded with the Sportscotland Gold School Award in recognition of their commitment to sport.  

The awards were added to by the news that the North Lanarkshire council area officially has the highest number of gold standard schools in the whole of Scotland, with seven North Lanarkshire schools rated gold standard.

Cumbernauld’s Carbrain Primary School and St Maurice’s High School are two of the seven North Lanarkshire schools which are rated gold standard.

Both schools even got something for the trophy cabinet, taking a gold award for their achievement in putting quality physical education and school sport at the heart of their planning, practice and ethos away from the ceremony at Broadwood.

Over the course of the awards ceremony, finalists were honoured in a celebration in front of North Lanarkshire Leisure Ltd’s Chief Executive, Blane Dodds and Operations and Customer Services Director, Valerie Mitchell.  

The evening also gave the region’s finest sporting representatives and those nominated the ‘thank you’ they deserve.

Commenting, NL Leisure Chief Executive Blane Dodds, said: “The awards are about acknowledging those people who go the extra mile to get people from across North Lanarkshire in to sport.  

“Sport can have a huge impact on helping people to stay healthy and active, as well as having a social benefit to all involved.

“NL Leisure is part of some excellent sports groups that are made up of fantastic coaches and volunteers and it has been wonderful to get the opportunity to say thank you.”

The awards were separated and identified four categories.  The winners are as follows:

Awards for Under 25’s

Nicola McMullen - Young Coach of the Year
Kennedy Doolan - Young Volunteer of the Year

Awards for school staff

Steven Lamb - Extra Curricular coach of the Year (Primary School Staff)
Catherine McNee - Extra Curricular coach of the Year (Secondary School staff)

Officiating and Club Awards

Thomas Renicks - Community Coach of the Year

Coaching and Volunteer Awards

Tony McDaid - Young Persons Coach of the Year
Gerry Cummings - Volunteer of the Year

The winners were nominated by school staff, recreational clubs and anyone involved in sport in the community. 

View our gallery of some of the evening's awards below. All of the images are copyright of Cumbernauld Media.