Trio are recognised for volunteer work

The Harris family
The Harris family

A BROTHER and sister from Watnall have made a bright start to 2012 after receiving recognition for their dedication to volunteering.

Sam and Lucy Harris picked up the More Than Sport Award alongside their father, John, at the Broxtowe Borough Sports Review 2011 last month in recognition of their efforts at Priory Celtic Football Club in Kimberley.

And the young duo have since received further recognition after Sam, 18, was selected to represent Nottinghamshire Football Association at Loughborough’s FA National Young Coaches Academy and Lucy, 16, was nominated for a Nottinghamshire County Council Sports Award.

Sam and Lucy are both registered as volunteers with Broxtowe Borough Council’s Volunteer Reward Scheme which encourages young people to volunteer in sport by offering incentives, such as free cinema tickets, free gym sessions and money off sports coaching courses.

Sam has dedicated hundreds of hours of his time to volunteering within various sides with Priory Celtic Football Club and Lucy, who goes to The Kimberley School, has been a registered volunteer for over a year and supports the club’s football sessions for children with disabilities.

Representing Nottingham Football Association at Loughborough University will give Sam the opportunity to develop his coaching skills as he represents the county at the weekend-long event which recognises the talent of young football coaches across the country.

Lucy will find out if she has won the county council award when winners in each category are announced at The Becket School in West Bridgford next month.

Broxtowe Borough Council’s sports development team, Broxtowe Sport, work with a variety of different partners including residents, sports people, coaches, volunteers and clubs to improve the quality and range of sports provision in Broxtowe.

For more information about volunteering in sport in Broxtowe, contact Broxtowe Sport on 0115 917 3572, email or visit