Community Awards 2013 – Best Coach

Candi Gilroy was the winner of the Best Coach award last year
Candi Gilroy was the winner of the Best Coach award last year

COACHES who go above and beyond for their teams are being recognised in our Community Awards.

Jake Curran was nominated by Karen Fearns for his work with the under-tens Bognor Regis Youth Team. “Working for Pompey in the community – long hours, weekends – Jake gives up his time to manage the under tens Bognor Regis Youth Team,” she said.

“Come rain or shine, Jake is there for boys and parents.

“This season the boys won the cup winner’s cup and came second in the league table.”

Hailey Hodd was nominated for Best Coach by Nikki Rowling.

“Hailey is the coach for the Wonder Girls pompom troupe and spends so much time making sure everyone is happy with the dances she puts together,” she said.

“She spends time with the children who have disabilities, just helping them and making sure they are happy with what is going on. Hailey takes time to talk to the girls/boys with any problems they may have, she will listen to everybody.

“Hailey has a young family of her own, but is still at the end of the phone when anyone needs her.”

Anyone who would like to nominate someone they know for a community award can email

All nominations should include contact details for the nominee and nominator, which category they are being nominated in and around 50 words on why they have been nominated.

You can also nominate via our Community Awards Facebook page.


This year’s sponsor of the Best School category is Natures Way Foods.

Category and innovation director Sarah Baldock explained why the team was so keen to get involved.

“As a large employer in the local community, Natures Way Foods (NWF) is delighted to support the Observer Community Awards once again, and to continue our sponsorship of the Best School category.

“NWF has a close relationship with many local schools, through our community and education programme and our popular Field to Fork tours.

“Over the years, hundreds of children have visited our factories to learn how salads are prepared and packaged.

“This summer, our Field to Fork tour celebrates its fifth birthday, so it is very appropriate that we mark the occasion by sponsoring the Best School award.”

We are still looking for nominations in the Best School category. Are you a parent or pupil who knows a great team? Get in touch.

This year’s principal sponsor and sponsor of our Observer Award for Special Achievement is Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Andrew Ball, from the company, said: “Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is delighted to continue its sponsorship of the Observer Community Awards, particularly in the tenth-anniversary year of the company’s manufacturing plant and head office at Goodwood.

“As one of the largest employers in the area, we take our responsibility to the community very seriously and we welcome the opportunity to support such an enormously worthy cause.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring an award can get in touch with Claire Carter by emailing

Alternatively, call Claire on 01243 534147 or 07912671045.


A full list of categories and sponsors is below.

The full list of categories in year’s awards is:

Best Volunteer

Best Community Person

Mini Hero, sponsored by Families for Children

Hero to Animals

Best School, sponsored by Natures Way Foods

School Star, sponsored by South Downs National Park

Super Senior

Best Coach, sponsored by South Coast Skips

Sports Team of the Year, sponsored by Chandlers

Best Sportsperson

Special Recognition

Best Local Voluntary/Charity Group

Outstanding Bravery

Voice of the People

Best Community Event, Southern Water

Biggest Contribution to Arts in the Community

Observer Award for Special Achievement, sponsored by Rolls Royce

More information on each category is in the paper, along with sponsor logos.