Redruth Charity Trust held its annual Youth Sports Awards on Sunday 22nd April, at which 19 of the town’s clubs received new equipment and apparel to the value of over twenty thousand pounds.
The 2018 event, the thirteenth prizegiving, brings the total value of donations to over £200,000.
An audience of more than 300 club representatives heard 18 year-old Molly Caudery, the youngest member of England’s athletics team at the Commonwealth Games who had recently returned from the Gold Coast joint fifth in Pole Vault, deliver the opening speech. In her first public speech, Molly inspired the young sportsmen and women, recounting her journey from a young gymnast in Redruth into county athletics and the opportunities now opening up for her in representing her country.
Chris Hailey, Chair of Redruth Charity Trust, said “Passing the threshold of two hundred thousand pounds in donated kit is a moment to celebrate and also reflect on the difference it has made in the past thirteen years.
“It was a great honour that Molly Caudery could be our guest speaker and present the awards. She spoke with great poise and focus and one point in particular resounded with the room; the fact that sport makes connections, friendships for life that traverse geography. That is precisely why we do this; to bring together our community and, importantly, make a positive impact on our young people, the future of our town.
“It is no easy endeavour to deliver, nor was unloading the four transit vans full of kit, but the difference it can make to the children, not to mention the clubs’ hard-working volunteers, is entirely worth it. Our sincere thanks go to Paul Hancock of Granite Sports, our procurement partner, and Craig Bonds of Redruth School for hosting the awards evening.”
In addition to donating equipment, the Youth Sports Awards also celebrate individual athletes who have shown improvement in performance, attitude or effort in the previous year. The Trust awarded a trophy and holdall full of kit to one nominated individual from each of the 19 clubs in this year’s scheme.
New apparel was also presented to Redruth School and Pool Academy.
A collection at the event raised £310 for Prostate Cancer UK, and Redruth School students sold refreshments to raise £160 towards their Cambodia trip in 2019.
REDRUTH CHARITY TRUST YOUTH SPORTS AWARDS 2018 INDIVIDUAL WINNERS:
REDRUTH RUGBY MINI/JUNIORS
MOUNT AMBROSE CRICKET
PORTREATH PILOT GIG
ILLOGAN JUNIORS FOOTBALL
SUPREME STAR MAJORETTES
ST DAY YOUTH FOOTBALL
FIRST EDITION JUNIOR BADMINTON
CAMBORNE REDRUTH MOTOR
CARN BREA/HELSTON SWIMMING
PORTREATH SURF LIFESAVING
CORNWALL ROCKETS FOOTBALL
WHEAL VELOCITY CYCLE