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Local sport stars take top awards

The fifth annual Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sports Awards have been held at the Ricoh Arena where three Solihull winners scooped major prizes.

The fifth annual Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sports Awards have been held at the Ricoh Arena where three Solihull winners scooped major prizes.

The event, organised by Coventry University and supported by a number of regional partners, aims to recognise sporting achievement at all levels across the region.

Russell Earnshaw, head coach for the Birmingham and Solihull Bees rugby side, was awarded the Professional Coach of the Year title at the event which was attended by over 300 people.

He said: “We are facing little battles all over the place at the moment, so any honour or success we get off the field is absolutely fantastic.

“This award is a testimony to everyone who has worked so hard at the club.

“We have countless numbers of unsung heroes and I am just fortunate enough to be the one given the award.”

Great Britain Hockey player, Rachel Walker, was part of the Olton and West Warwicks Ladies first team that finished second in the Premier National League this season.

They were also the highest scoring team in the league with 67 goals and picked up the Team of the Year award.

She said: “We were thrilled to have been nominated for the award in the first place and it is just really good news that we’ve won it. Our team at the moment has bags and bags of potential - experienced senior players who have been to Olympic Games - and also a wealth of young players who will continue to develop.”

St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, in Kingshurst, picked up the Schools Sports Partnership Primary School Award for outstanding contribution to PE and School Sport in the Primary sector.

During this academic year, specialist coaches at have delivered squash, Gaelic football, girls football and cricket within the curriculum.

 

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