Proud Glossop North End Juniors AFC retained their club of the year title at Derbyshire sport’s most prestigious annual awards night.
The Derby Telegraph Sports Awards, held in association with Derbyshire Sport and Champions UK, brought together the cream of sporting talent and unsung heroes from across the county. But Glossop fought off strong competition from High Peak’s UDSU Buxton Sportability Club to land the top-club prize at the event, held at the Roundhouse in Derby.
Last season, Glossop won 14 league and cup honours and were runners-up in a further six, as well as winning ten other tournaments. Player numbers have grown with the introduction of new teams, in particular two girls’ teams at U10 and U13 levels, while the number of coaches has grown from 35 to 60.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to win again and really surprised because we looked at the standard of the other nominees and it was very high,” said Natalie Mills, the club’s school liaison officer and U10 girls’ manager.
“We are a massive part of the community and are helped by a huge amount of volunteers. We have big dreams and we are working hard to achieve them.”
Ben Mills, who is the club’s PR co-ordinator and U11s’ manager, added: “This is a real honour for everyone associated with our fantastic club. We have grown to 365 boys and girls and 29 teams.
“Our aim is to develop players to the best they can be, playing at the highest level they can, in a fun, safe and structured development environment across all ages and abilities. This award recognises all the hard work from everyone on the committee, our players and parents.”
Others from High Peak shortlisted as finalists in their categories were Buxton swimmer Abbie Wood, Chinley paracyclist Katie Toft and Glossop judoka Eric Ham. The night was hosted by former snooker player Willie Thorne and badminton’s Olympic silver medallist Gail Emms.