FM Eclipse Netball Club of Andover, Hampshire, is celebrating this week after picking up joint second prize at the Sports Club of the Year Awards, and with it, an award of £3,000 towards future club development.
Organised by the CCPR, the umbrella organisation for 270 national governing and representative bodies of sport in the UK, the awards recognise sports clubs which have made an outstanding contribution within their community.
In only six years, FM Eclipse NC has developed from running only one team, with two coaches, to include four full adult teams in league competitions as well as running a thriving junior section with two teams. The judges recognised that this progress has been due to the development pathways operated by the club in relation to coaches, players, officials and volunteers, as well as the use of individually tailored training programmes using sports scientists and physiologists.
Speaking at the presentation of the award, Tim Lamb, CCPR's chief executive, said, "CCPR is proud to present the Sports Club of the Year awards and to recognise comunity sports clubs in this way. FM Eclipse Netball Club provides a wealth of opportunities for participation and is an example to clubs right across the country. The people of Hampshire are very fortunate to have such a beacon of excellence in the area."
England Netball's South region area manager Helen Wynn is thrilled for the club: "This is a fantastic achievement for FM Eclipse NC and demonstrates their commitment to the development of netball within the local community. They are an excellent example of how, with time, a club can reap the rewards of their hard work and dedicatio
FM Eclipse is a Clubmark registered club and won England Netball's Nextgen Goalden Globe Award In March 2007. This award recognises and praises clubs for their structures and achievement in netball in developing young people, players and dedication to getting more people playing netball volunteers.
Members of the club are pictured at this week's awards ceremony with Tim Lamb and former England and British Lions rugby international Jason Leonard, who was on hand to present the club with their prizes.