Date published: 18/03/2013
The Barclays Community Sports Award for February 2013 has been awarded to Manneh Elliott, for his contribution to basketball and his dedication to youth development. The monthly awards recognise the outstanding contributions to grassroots sport that are being made by individuals up and down the country. Manneh will now go forward to the season long awards to be held on May 3 at the Haymarket Hotel in London.
Manneh is a volunteer basketball coach for Toxteth Tigers Basketball Programme, who play at Fernhill Sports Centre in Bootle. The club is represented in the local and national leagues with 10 teams, ranging from U12s to U18s, and Manneh coaches the U12s development group three times a week.
His role at the club extends beyond being a coach and he is committed to encouraging their development on and off the court, acting as a role model to the young people he coaches within the culturally diverse community where the club is based.
Manneh also coaches basketball in schools in the local area as well as running week-long basketball clinics during the school holidays. Education and personal development are central to Manneh’s coaching philosophy and over the past 40 years of coaching he has helped several players achieve basketball scholarships to colleges in the USA.
Speaking about the award, Manneh commented: “To be recognised and rewarded for doing what I enjoy is such an honour. To me it’s not just about the winning, it’s the engagement we get from the children and watching them grow as people and players. Here at Toxteth Tigers we aim to increase the number of young people involved in sport - empowering them and their community.”
Gareth Southgate, head of the judging panel said: “It is inspiring to see someone who has dedicated so much of their time to sports development and Manneh is a role model in this field. His enthusiasm and tireless energy, and his longstanding commitment to Toxteth Tigers Basketball Programme is to be greatly admired.”
David Wheldon, Barclays Managing Director of Brand, Reputation and Citizenship said: “Manneh has devoted himself through basketball to the young people of Toxteth. He has earned the respect and appreciation of many in the local community, and with this award we hope his work will become known to a much wider audience. We also want to recognise community champions all over the country and I hope others will take the opportunity to nominate their local heroes for the Barclays Community Sports Awards.”
Each monthly winner receives £1,000 for their group or organisation, half of which will be spent on skills-based qualifications for members. The winner also receives a limited edition trophy and is entered into the end of season award to win a further £5,000, donated by Barclays Spaces for Sports. All monthly winners will receive a VIP trip to London in May to an exclusive lunch at the Haymarket Hotel where the season long winner will be announced and receive their award from Gareth Southgate.
The Barclays Community Sports Awards are delivered in a partnership between Barclays Spaces for Sports, the Premier League’s Creating Chances programme and the Football Foundation.
To nominate a person, group or organisation for the Barclays Community Sports Award of the Month simply visit www.barclayscommunitysportsaward.com