Hackney,
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July
2017
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Young Hackney's sporting talent recognised at awards

More than 200 people cheered on the borough’s budding athletes as they were presented with awards for their achievements in sports over the past year at a ceremony in Hackney Town Hall on Wednesday 12 July.

The Young Hackney School and Youth Sports Unit’s Awards is an annual celebration. It recognises the sporting excellence of Hackney’s young people and aims to celebrate those who have not only participated in competitions but have also become sports leaders, coaches and officials.

Over 30 awards were presented by special guest Adam Gemili, Team GB Sprinter and three times European Champion.

One of the awards given was for sports personality of the year, which was awarded based on ‘passion, commitment, dedication, fair-play, leadership and resilience’ – this special award went to Zeniece Hall, 16, who alongside being a talented tennis player, also volunteers as a Young Hackney Sports Ambassador. She said: “I love competing. I like to challenge myself. I’ve been playing for nine years and I’m now competing at a national level, playing Grade 2 events here and abroad. I like to play as much as I can.”

Young Hackney Football Club was also recognised at the awards, after seeing their most successful season to date in 2017, winning the U14 Hackney Marsh Youth Football League Cup.

Darren Agu, 14, one of the U14 team members at the Young Hackney Football Club, said: “It feels amazing to win this award. We’ve come so far in two years. Before we didn’t attend training sessions, but now we’re much more motivated and dedicated … and I think that’s why we won the Cup this year.”

 

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Deputy Mayor of Hackney
Hackney is home to so much outstanding sporting talent, it’s great that we can recognise that with award ceremony’s like this and help support the borough’s budding athletes to realise their sporting dreams.
Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Deputy Mayor of Hackney

Find out more about taking part in sports activities in Hackney by visiting: www.younghackney.org.

Awards and Winners

• Primary Cycle League Winner: Millfields Primary School

• Youth Volunteering for Cycling Club Hackney (Cycle Sports) Winner: Kai Watts

• Youth Volunteering for Cycling Club Hackney (Cycle Outreach) Winner: Ryan de Costa

• Highest participation in Young Hackney Competitions: Grazebrook School and Shacklewell School

• Winners of Young Hackney Little Hoops League: St Paul’s with St Michael’s

• Junior Sports Personality at The Edge Youth Hub Winner: Sabrina Brightly

• Senior Sports Personality at The Edge Youth Hub Winner: Luc Lupumba

• Junior Sports Personality at Young Hackney Forest Road Youth Hub Winners: Jordan Nwanang and Ella Denl

• Senior Sports Personality at Young Hackney Forest Road Youth Hub Winner: Tyreek Williams

• Junior Sports Personality at Pearson Street Adventure Playground Winner: Odulcan Savran-Gokmen

• Young Hackney Jedi’s Under 12’s Basketball Team Most Improved Players of the Year: Miles Sellens-Flack and Henoc Bah

• Young Hackney Jedi’s Under 12’s Basketball Team Coach’s Player of the Year: Tyler Weekes

• Young Hackney Jedi’s Under 12’s Basketball Team Joe White Award for Most Hardworking Player: Luke Stockpole

• Young Hackney Jedi’s Under 12’s Basketball Team Players’ Player of the Year: Chace Elliott-Parris

• Young Hackney Jedi’s Under 12’s Basketball Team Most Valuable Player: Dean DJ De Freitas Smith

• Young Hackney Jedi’s Under 14’s Basketball Team Most Improved Player of the Year: Luka Gonzalez

• Young Hackney Jedi’s Under 14’s Basketball Team Coach’s Player of the Year: Desiah Smith

• Young Hackney Jedi’s Under 14’s Basketball Team Joe White Award for Most Hardworking Player: Makyle Bayley

• Young Hackney Jedi’s Under 14’s Basketball Team Players’ Player of the Year: Yanis Coudoux

• Young Hackney Jedi’s Under 14’s Basketball Team Most Valuable Player: Noah Alves

• Young Hackney Unsung Hero Winner: Amira Ahmed

• Young Hackney Clubman Winner: Moses Makuntima

• Young Hackney Under 14’s Boys Football Team Most Improved Player of the Year Winner: Fabricio Pontes

• Young Hackney Under 14’s Boys Football Team Golden Gloves: Yorick Kinkufi

• Young Hackney Under 14’s Boys Football Clubman of the Year: Afolabi Aleje

• Young Hackney Under 14’s Boys Football Players’ Player of the Year: Aaron Abebrese

• Young Hackney Under 14’s Boys Football Manager’s Player of the Year: Prince Charles Boateng

• Volunteer of the Year Winner: Agustin Serrano

• Young Hackney Sports Unit Sports Personality of the Year: Zeniece Hall

Awards were also give out to Stormont House pupils, who gained their Sports Leaders Level 1 Qualification and to Young Hackney Sports Ambassadors, who gained a Level 2 Qualification.