Horsham’s Sussex Sports Awards nominations

JPCT 221012 Emily King - Rudgwick netball club. Photo by Derek Martin
JPCT 221012 Emily King - Rudgwick netball club. Photo by Derek Martin

The Horsham District flag will be carried on two fronts at this year’s Sussex Sports Awards

The all-conquering Horsham Ladies Cricket side have been shortlisted for the Rix & Kay Club of the Year, while Emily King of Rudgwick Netball Club is in contention for the Inspire Leisure Coach of the Year.

When 36-year-old Emily joined Rudgwick Netball Club there were only a handful of members. Five years on, and with the help of other volunteers and members the club boasts three thriving ladies teams and more than 150 junior members.

“It was a very big surprise when I heard, very unexpected but very nice,” said the Horsham Community Netball Coach, who used to work as sports development officer for Horsham District Council where she realised the demand for a successful netball club in the area.

“Now two of our ladies teams plays in the Premier Division with the other in the First Division, and all our junior teams from Year Four upwards are oversubscribed. The best thing has been seeing the young players progress and now do so well in the adult teams.”

The side now play on the indoor courts at Pennthorpe School in Rudgwick and attract players from all over the Horsham District.

Thanking the school Emily added: “I’m so glad the club is getting recognised and I’m seeing this as a team nomination because without all the volunteers giving up their time the club wouldn’t exist.”

The prestigious awards night could provide double joy for the town, with Horsham Ladies Cricket Club in the running for Club of the Year. The ladies have had a fantastic year, winning the Sussex Cup, being promoted to the Southern League Championship and winning the regional eight-a-side competition while three of their players - Georgia Adams, Hannah Phelps and captain Izi Noakes - were selected for the Sussex and England U19 squad.

The side are up against Jump Trampoline Club and Uckfield Grasshoppers Junior FC, and the Club of the Year is the only award to be decided by public vote.

The tenth anniversary of the Sussex Sports Awards – hosted by Active Sussex - will capture the excitement of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and recognise their impact. The evening, on Friday November 23 at the Hilton Metropole, Brighton is the tenth anniversary of the Sussex Sports Awards and hosts Active Sussex hope to capture the excitement of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

BBC Sussex presenter Danny Pike will co-host the awards alongside Olympic bronze medallist, cancer survivor and BBC ‘voice of swimming’ Steve Parry.

Voting closes midnight on Friday 9 November. Access the online voting form at: www.activesussex.org/sportsawards/club-of-the-year