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Nuneaton Harriers wins England Athletics Regional Volunteer Club of the Year!

Published on Wednesday, 25th November 2020

Congratulations goes to Nuneaton Harriers on winning the England Athletics Club of the Year Regional Volunteer Award for the West Midlands!

The 2020 England Athletics Regional Volunteer Awards reward the invaluable contribution of Athletics and Running volunteers across the country and, this year, they also paid tribute to the vital role they have played in navigating the sport through the impacts of Covid-19.

The Club of the Year Award saw the Nuneaton Harriers team of volunteers praised for their dedication, and the club was celebrated for providing an outstanding environment for training and competition provision, being extremely welcoming and for their pioneering, Covid-safe approach to competition this year.

Nuneaton Harriers was the first club in the UK to deliver Covid-safe best practices during sporting events over the summer, and their practices were shared as an example for other clubs across the country to follow.

The club took over the management of the site six years ago, and the partnership between the Harriers and the Borough Council has continued to go from strength to strength. Earlier this year, with funding from Sport England, the Borough Council helped the club to install timing equipment and resurface the track.

Nick Wilson - Nuneaton Harriers Athletics Club, Stadium Manager was delighted with the award, he said:

“I am immensely proud of the club; we have worked hard this year to ensure our standards and practices were in place early and to a high standard.

“This award will hopefully go some way to bolster enthusiasm for athletics and participation in sports locally, as well as bringing more events and tourism to the Borough, in turn helping the economy as a whole.

“The continued, thriving partnership our club has with the Borough council proves that sports clubs can work successfully with their local councils to improve facilities and make great changes for the better.

Cllr Ian Lloyd, Portfolio Holder for Arts and Leisure added:

“This is great news for the Harriers. The club have really shone this year and have gone above and beyond to provide a high standard of provision within the Covid guidelines.

“This award puts Nuneaton Harriers on the map, not just regionally, but now also nationally. They have proven to be a beacon for best practice and delivery and continue to set a fantastic example for clubs across the UK.”