AFC Portchester have been nominated in the Club of the Year category, and Barbara Dimmer from the Fareham School of Gymnastics has been nominated in the Senior Volunteer of the Year category. The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 21 March at Southampton Football Club.
Executive Member for Leisure and Community, Councillor Connie Hockley, said: "AFC Portchester is an amazing football club who have served their community and are thoroughly deserving of this award. Mrs Dimmer sets high standards at the Fareham School of Gymnastics, but is alert to the needs of others and will frequently go the 'extra mile' to show understanding, interest and care for anyone associated with the Club. Barbara thoroughly deserves the accolade of 'Sports Volunteer of the Year'".
AFC Portchester is a Charter Standard Development Football Club, which offers football opportunities for the local community from ages 5 and upwards through to adults. 2011 was a very successful year for the club with a significant increase in teams to 37, with each one offering competitive football for all, including girls, adults, youth and mini soccer.
The club were also successful in completing their clubhouse enabling them to offer their facilities to run coach education courses, which meant their volunteers were able to become qualified coaches ensuring they sustained the Charter Standard Development Award.
The clubs' volunteers also helped with the resurfacing of their pitch, and helped to raise funds to supply a stand for spectators. All of the personnel within the club are volunteers and the amount of time and effort each individual gives up was rewarded this year, when AFC
Portchester were awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. This prestigious UK National Honour recognises outstanding voluntary contributions and sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering. AFC Portchester also received this Award for supporting access to football for all ages and spearheading local charity fundraising activities.
Barbara Dimmer took on the role of Club Secretary and Coach for Fareham School of Gymnastics, when it opened its doors in 2004. At that time it had just 4 gymnasts, over the years the club has grown and now has almost 300 members. Barbara coaches every night of the week, some Saturday mornings and when competitions approach Sundays as well. When she is not coaching she is completing the paperwork, planning ahead, ensuring leotards are ordered, dealing with enrolment, movement between classes, venue bookings, illness notification etc. Barbara probably works a 50 hour week, all completely voluntary, for the pure satisfaction of seeing the club go from strength to strength.
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