Last week Police Sport UK, supported by TeamPolice, held the first National Police Sports Awards in Manchester. The event was generously sponsored by our headline sponsor Axon with individual awards kindly sponsored by Fujitsu, Police Credit Union, XPS Administration and TeamPolice.
The evening was a huge success with over 35 Chief Constables from around the United Kingdom in attendance as well as our business sponsors. The awards honoured the sporting achievements of our brave men and women in the police service and highlighted the diversity and inclusivity police sport can bring to the overall health and wellbeing of everyone in the policing family.
The PSUK National Police Sports Awards were a tremendous opportunity to celebrate the contribution of sport to the physical and mental wellbeing of the police community. We saw people who have given decades of commitment as volunteers recognised, and in our winners, inspirational stories of individual determination and incredible team spirit. Given everything policing asks of colleagues, the night was a great chance to give back to officers and staff who do vital work in our communities.
There were five main awards during the evening and these were:
The Team of the Year Award (sponsored by XPS) was presented to the PSUK Ladies Police Marathon team, who won gold at the European Police Championships in 2018.
The Sports Person of the Year Award (sponsored by Fujitsu) recognised Dawn Wood’s amazing achievement in rowing across the Atlantic Ocean in 51 days in 2019 becoming one of only seven women in the world to accomplish this and being the second fastest woman in history to have completed it . Dawn has since attended schools, youth clubs and other venues telling her story and promoting her sport.
The Oscar Kilo Award (sponsored by Police Credit Union) was awarded to Sammy Spall, retired Devon and Cornwall Constabulary for his incredible contribution to the wellbeing of officers and staff in Devon and Cornwall Police.
The Volunteer of the Year Award (sponsored by our headline sponsor Axon) was awarded to Pete WIlliams from the Greater Manchester Police for his incredible work for GMP CrossFit and also for the huge amount of fundraising he does for cancer charities, including co-founding Battle Cancer which raises funds to support cancer victims and their families.
Finally the Community Award of the Year (sponsored by TeamPolice) which saluted the amazing work of Chris Corcoran from North Wales Police. He has dedicated over 45 years to his community, particularly in the field of self defence instruction as well as an endless list of voluntary work, he was a truly worthy winner of this award.
As well as these national awards, several awards of excellence from 2020 and 2021 were also given to those individuals who as well as playing sport have supported, encouraged and contributed to both sport and the police community over the years.
A shining example of this is Glyn Jones who joined Birmingham City Police in 1963 and soon became involved in the athletics section, competing at cross country before venturing into race walking competing in local and national championships. He became a top level judge in race walking overseeing at many national and international events and in 1999 was appointed the Chief race walks judge at the world masters track and field championships in Gateshead, and has now been selected to be a judge at next year’s Commonwealth games.
These are just a few of the amazing recipients who were recognised during the evening.
We at TeamPolice are on a journey with Police Sport UK and our business sponsor partners to recognise sport, good health and wellbeing, and these awards felt like a big step forward. If you want to be a part of this journey, let’s have a conversation.