Youngsters praised for outstanding selfless work
PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 May 2019
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Children have been recognised for their 'commitment, effort and support of others', winning awards for their contribution to Congresbury.
Congresbury Youth Partnership (CYP) held its Young Peoples' Awards on Friday, celebrating youngsters' for their outstanding efforts.
The winners were presented with shields and medals at the recreation club before posing for pictures with their prize.
Among the winners were Finlay McTeer, Katie Flook, Amy Simms, Anya Aggington and Phoebe Jonston.
Lucy Truckle, Ellie Fox, Alyx Carter and Saskia Lawrence also won awards.
The awards, created in memory of former CYP stalwart Tony Sullivan eight years ago, recognise youngsters from Congresbury's groups and their commitment and enthusiasm for the village.
Secretary Alex Ballard said: “The awards were set up in 2011 by the Sullivan family in memory of Tony. He was a hard-working inspirer of young people, encouraging them to achieve even when he was himself out of his comfort zone, as those of us who remember him emerging soaking wet from an upturned canoe in the River Wye will attest.
“He was a vital part of the team running the youth partnership and Congresbury Football Club.
“Congresbury's youth organisations nominate one person who has stood out, not for most goals or highest marks, but for commitment, effort, and support of others.
“There is no overall winner. Every nominee gets a medal to keep and holds a perpetual shield, engraved with the winners' names, for a year.
“Thus we now remember not only Tony, but many other great young people who have grown up in Congresbury and contributed to our community.”
The awards over the years had also recognised the performances of Congresbury's young footballers, but youth football in the village has ceased – prompting the youth partnership to appeal for volunteers to help revitalise the club.
Ms Ballard added: “It is a shame the youth football shield is no longer awarded, because there are no teams playing.
“Congresbury needs a group of volunteers to come forward and revitalise young people's football in the village. Could you help?”