Chesterfield trio honoured at 2016 Derby Telegraph Sports Awards

A trio of Chesterfield sporting heroes were recognised for their excellence at last night’s (November 10) 2016 Derby Telegraph Sports Awards, held in Association with Derbyshire Sport and Champions UK.

Liam Pitchford, Tim Sadler and Alicia Barrett were category runners-up at the prestigious ceremony, staged at The Roundhouse in Derby, which brought together the leading contenders from across the county in elite and grass roots sport.

Table tennis player Pitchford, who represented Great Britain at this summer’s Olympics in the singles and doubles, made the final three in Sportsperson of the Year, along with fellow Rio stars Adam Peaty and Lewis White.

But it was swimmer Peaty who got the nod to win the award for the third year running after the City of Derby star won gold in the 100m breaststroke in emphatic style out in Brazil with a new world record.

Liam, a former Netherthorpe School pupil, began his table tennis career at Colin Deaton Table Tennis club, based in Staveley. The former ICON bursary programme athlete also picked up a silver medal in the 4x100m medley relay, where Great Britain were narrowly pipped for top spot by a Michael Phelps-inspired Team USA.

The race for the Young Sportswoman of the Year title was keenly fought, with Newbold’s sprint hurdler Barrett, a finalist at the World Junior Championships this year, edged out by with North East Derbyshire heptathlete Niamh Emerson, who beat the British age group record twice and won a European Junior heptathlon bronze medal.

“It’s great to be nominated again, even if I didn’t win,” said Chesterfield Athletics Club member Barrett, 18. “If I was going to be runner-up to anyone it would be Niamh because I’ve known her for a really long time and we are good friends.

“It’s really nice to get the recognition because you don’t expect to be chosen from all the talented young athletes in the county – it’s really cool.”

The Service to Sport award saw Chesterfield’s Sadler make the final three for his sterling work with Brampton Rovers, Chesterfield Town and Newbold Community Football Training.

However, he was pipped to the top prize City of Derby’s Lesley Sturgess who has volunteer in sport for nearly 40 years at Derby Ladies Hockey Club and then in Derbyshire squash.

“I was really excited when I first found out I’d been nominated for the county awards,” said Sadler. “I was lucky enough to win that and it’s great to be here with so many other great sports people on this stage.

“As a player my career was halted by injury, but I‘ve continued to get involved as a secretary, manager and coaching. It’s the love of the game, a bug. I love to see the young players, from under-privileged areas in some cases, develop and then themselves become coaches, and I also like to see people of all abilities enjoying the game.”

The evening was hosted by television presenter and sports reporter Gary Newbon and weather presenter Emma Jesson and saw around 300 guests in attendance, with money raised for Rainbows Children’s Hospice.

Full list of winners tabled below:

Category Winner Runners Up
Sportsman Adam Peaty Lewis White, Liam Pitchford
Sportswoman Hollie Webb Caroline Povey, Sophie Baggaley
Disabled Lewis White Phil Hogg, Ryan Taylor, Ryan Cowling
Team Derbyshire’s Women Cricket Team Derbyshire Disabled Cricket Team, Swadlincote Swifts
Coach Mel Marshall Alan Cooke, Gareth Pilkington
Volunteer Matthew Dalley Helen Watts, Tracy Parker
Community Long Eaton Parkrun Neville Hardy, Steve Summer
Club PEAKSUP Darkstar, Glossop North End
Service to Sport Lesley Sturgess Tim Sadler, Mark Hallows
Junior Team M1 Racing Academy Denby Cricket Club U13s, Buxton Athletic Fell Runners
Young Sportsman David Hong Cameron Orr, Gareth Griffiths
Young Sportswomen Niamh Emerson Alicia Barrett, Isobel Brown
Junior Sportsperson Ella Rush Charlie Ward, George Cooper, Archie Qualtrough
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U.Dance Platform returns for another year


Tickets for this year’s Secondary Dance Festival are now on sale at the Visitor Information Centre in Chesterfield (01246 345777). Delivered by the Chesterfield School Sport Partnership, the ever-popular event takes place on Monday 5th December at the Winding Wheel Theatre, starting at 7.00pm.

With tickets priced at just £5 for adults and £3 for concessions, it really is a must see for all parents, friends and family. For many pupils, this will be the first time they have performed on such a stage and it is a very proud moment.

At least 9 schools across the region are set to take to the stage and deliver outstanding performances. There will also be guest performances from local dance companies.

The County Dance Platform enables more people to take part in all types of dance, as audiences, participants and practitioners. Various local dance festivals will allow performances to be judged and earn entry into the County Dance Platform festival

To give you a taste of what to expect, here’s last year’s performance from GCSE Y10/Y11 Springwell Community College pupils with their performance “Anti Bullying Dance.”

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Key Steps Gym comes to Netherthorpe

Over 60 Key Stage 1 pupils from Norbriggs Primary, Speedwell Infant, Hollingwood Primary and Poolsbrook Primary school made their way to Netherthorpe School for this event.

The sports hall was packed with excited children as they took part in 11 different activities, all aimed at introducing them to basic movement and gymnastics techniques. The activities included jumping from springboards, balance beams and floor mat exercises.

The event was well received by both the teachers and pupils. Ben Roberts said: “The kids all loved it. It was really well organised.”

The packed event was allowed to run smoothly by the excellent work of our Young Leaders from Netherthorpe School. Many of them on the partnership’s Sports Leaders UK course, they were eager to instruct and help the young children through the different stations, whilst always making them fun and active.

One leader from Netherthorpe said that her favourite thing about this event was, “Watching them all having fun and engaging in the activities!”

There are more Key Steps Gym events scheduled for the next few weeks and already well over 100 pupils have been signed up for the jam-packed fun afternoon!

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Running success for our Primary School Champions

Over 400 primary school pupils across three year groups took part in six cross country races at Mount St Mary’s College.

Split into boys’ and girls’ races, year 4, 5 and 6 students from schools across Chesterfield descended on the course at Mount St Mary’s College to take part in this year’s Primary Cross Country event.

The year 4 boys started the event with the first race, running the 1,000 metres on the fairly mud-free course. Leaders from Chesterfield College guided the runners around the grounds of Mount St Mary’s, with Harrison from Old Hall Primary coming through for first ahead of the chasing group.

As the event got into full swing, those waiting to race grouped around the finish line to cheer everyone on as they sprinted the final straight. Although they were individual races, the top four runners from each school had their positions count towards the team event in each race. The children, teachers and volunteers showed a great spirit and encouraged each and every runner as they gave their all, approaching the finish line.

The second race saw the year 4 girls follow in the footsteps of their classmates up over the hill and behind the trees. Coming back into view, Lydia from Walton Holymoorside Primary had an early lead which she held for the remainder of the race, sweeping into the home straight for a sprint finish. She was closely followed by a large group, including a number of girls from Brimington Primary who were cheered on by the boys returning from their race.

Setting off third were the year 5 boys, taking a slightly longer route as part of their 1,200m course. Cornering first and pulling away into a clear lead was Charles from Brockwell Primary, closely followed by Elliot from Brampton and Alex from Walton Holymoorside respectively.

The year 5 girls set off just behind the boys. Three girls had detached themselves from the group by the time they reappeared from behind the trees a quarter of the way through the course. Hannah and Sky from Brimington Juniors and Jessica from Old Hall extended their lead and it was Hannah that came through first after a burst of energy was enough to get her across the line in the gold medal position.

Hannah, who ran the race alongside her friend, said: “We really enjoyed it. It was so much fun!”

The penultimate race of the afternoon was the year 6 boys. Tackling the longest course, this time 1,500m, the boys were fantastic as they sprinted away over the first hill. Following the fields around the back of the rugby pitch and emerging alongside the running track, it was Oliver of Old Hall who pressed on to take the first place ahead of Toby from Brampton Primary, followed very closely by Corey of Brimington.

Oliver said: “I can’t believe I won! It was such a good race. I can’t wait to see where the rest of my school finished.”

The event was rounded off by the year 6 girls, who by that time was ready to go out with a bang. The girls showed fantastic spirit and determination as they tackled the same course as the year 6 boys. In true cross country fashion there were a few minor tumbles but everyone completed the race and recorded impressive times in front of the cheering crowd. Winning by a fraction of a second and taking the gold medal was Elizabeth from Walton Holymoorside ahead of her friend Kady.

We would like to congratulate the winners as well as everyone who took part, and thank all the teachers and volunteers for their help during the event. 

Full list of winners:

Year 4 boys individual:

1st – Harrison, Old Hall

2nd – Alex, Walton Holymoorside

3rd – Joshua, Brockwell

Team winners: Walton Holymoorside


Year 4 girls individual:

1st – Lydia, Walton Holymoorside

2nd – Megan, Brimington

3rd – Caitlin, Walton Holymoorside

Team winners: Brockwell


Year 5 boys individual:

1st – Charles, Brockwell

2nd – Elliot, Brampton

3rd – Alex, Walton Holymoorside

Team winners: Brockwell


Year 5 girls individual:

1st – Hannah, Brimington

2nd – Sky, Brimington

3rd – Jessica, Old Hall

Team winners: Brockwell


Year 6 boys individual:

1st – Oliver, Old Hall

2nd – Toby, Brampton

3rd – Corey, Brimington

Team winners: Brimington


Year 6 girls individual:

1st – Elizabeth, Walton Holymoorside

2nd – Kady, Walton Holymoorside

3rd – Missy, Hasland

Team winners: Walton Holymoorside


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New Wheelchair Basketball to hit Chesterfield


A new wheelchair basketball session is starting at Chesterfield College on Tuesday 8th November from 6.00 – 7.00pm.

The sessions are fully inclusive as they are open to any age, all abilities and you can participate regardless of whether you are a wheelchair user or not.

Sports wheelchairs will be available to use so you don’t need to bring anything with you to have a go.

Please get in touch with Jacob Meaton who is coaching the sessions if you have any questions:

07786 144414


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