Not only do Patchway Judo players bring home the medals and trophies, their volunteers do too!
Most recently Emma Peacock, Club Treasurer, has made it through to the top 4 National award for Club Volunteers and not to be out done Alex Bright, 17, has made itÂ through to the top 4 National award for the Young Volunteer Award. To see whether they receive the Gold, Silver or a Bronze award there is now an open vote for supporters to vote for them and the other candidates.
Emma and Alex didn’t know they were being nominated and were shocked and pleased to have not only been nominated but to have got to the finals. As you can see from their judo kits they are both active judo players as well!
These two are not the first volunteers to be awarded volunteer awards this year, Club Coach and Secretary, Alison Finn, won the o18 Filton unsung hero award in July and a few months ago club chairman, Andrew Phelps, won South Glos Chair award for his services to volunteering, as a bonus he got to meet Earl and Countess of Wessex at a lunch for the volunteers.
You may well have gathered that volunteering is big part of the club, with it being run entirely by volunteers, from coaching to “back room” staff keeping the club going!
The club is only one of two silver club mark clubs in the area and is working on Gold, the highest level , which they hope to be awarded shortly.
Chairman, Andy Phelps, said that “it is very important to the club that we are a “family club” and all the family are involved. We have a fantastic group of volunteers, with parents getting involved all the time. This ensures we can support all players to be the best they can be, which is our club motto”.
Alison Finn said “the whole club is really pleased that Emma and Alex have made it to the top four. Â We are looking forward to attending the awards evening in November and are hoping that the two new Olympic medalists will make an appearance at the evening too”.
If you would like to get involved or have a go, check out Patchway website www.patchwayjudo.org.uk