…..to be announced in Leicester on Saturday 19th May at the annual England Hockey Awards night.

The good news is that this year, Leeds Adel HC have been shortlisted in two categories.  You may recall that last season the all conquering Mens Phwoars were shortlisted for Mens Team of the year but sadly came away without the trophy.  The year before, the Ladies 1st team were victorious in the Ladies Team of the year category after winning all 22 league games in their season.

This year our first nominee is Paul Lewis in the Unsung Club Hero Award category.  This award is based on the following criteria:

  • Has shown true dedication and commitment to the sport in any voluntary capacity.
  • Has made a significant contribution to a particular aspect of the sport in any voluntary capacity.
  • Is seen as an outstanding role model by his/her peers.
  • Carries out their role in an understated way.
  • Has been the lead driver/influencer in creating new opportunities for people to access hockey.
  • Is part of an England Hockey affiliated club

Paul faces some strong competition from 7 other nominees from across the country who I am sure are all as equally valued by their club membership as Paul is at Leeds Adel.  Paul has officially been the Mens Club Captain for the last 3 seasons, overseeing a remarkable treble this season with 3 league title wins.  But his role and impact has also extended to so many other areas including coaching the ladies and managing the 1s on a Saturday, supporting the juniors on a Friday evening and Sunday morning as a coach, helping with the Development Committee in overseeing the much needed improvements and occasionally turning out for the mens 1s in the first half of the season or a lower side to fit around his new coaching duties towards the end of the season.  Plus so much more.  Good luck to Paul.

The other shortlisted nominee is the Mens 1s on the back of their 100% record this season in the league to secure the 2nd promotion in a row and return to the North leagues next season.  Ben Hendley, Nathan Hemming and Paul Lewis have overseen the turnaround in the teams fortunes after a couple of disappointing years but this award is not just about performance on the pitch with the criteria being

  • Has achieved significant success during the course of the season.
  • May have shown significant improvement from the previous season.
  • Demonstrates that its players are integrated into the heart of the club.
  • Is part of an England Hockey affiliated club.
  • Represents the club values as ambassadors for the club
  • Demonstrates that its players are involved in community engagement

I think its not gone unnoticed that a number of the mens 1s give so much more to the wider club through coaching and umpiring and the team has gelled into a strong unit in a short space of time with a healthy mix of wise old heads, some players from the Leeds Adel junior sides and some new recruits who have moved to the Leeds area through work or to play for a side nearer their home.

Again there is some strong competition as you might expect but I doubt any will have a 22 from 22 league win ratio for the season!  Good luck to all nominees who have been shortlisted alongside our team.

The evening on 19th May in Leicester should be a great celebration and hopefully there will be several club members hoping to get along.  Please let me or Jim Robinson know if you are interested in attending in the next week so plans can be made.