Sporting Achivement of the Year
Darren England, from Little Houghton, finished his career as an assistant referee at the FA Cup final back in May.
Now Darren, who also officiated a game between Argentina and Portugal and the world's best players Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi last season, is a referee in his own right and has started making the big decisions in League Two.
Upon receiving his award, Darren said: “I’m delighted. I’m so proud to be from Barnsley. I’m a Barnsley lad from a mining family and a mining town.
“I just want to thank my family because sometimes you have dark days as a referee. When you get decisions wrong and games don’t go well you need your family behind you, so thank you to my wife and my mum and dad.
“Sometimes as a referee you ref games and hope to stay out of the limelight but it has been good to be in the limelight tonight – I’m proud to fly the flag for Barnsley across the country and the world.”
For this award we want to hear about local clubs or teams who have achieved dazzling sporting success.
This could be at local, regional or national level, or it could be that this team has advanced the development of their sport within their local community.
The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help with you with your nomination.
- Does this club/team demonstrate fair play and a good sporting attitude throughout the year?
- Have they made an impact on or contribution to the development of sport in the community?
- Do they encourage people to participate and improve their skills?
- Are they a role model for other clubs/teams?
- What sets this club/team apart from others?
- Have they achieved success against all odds?
The winners of this award will have shown considerable dedication to their sport, the local community and the development of their team or club.
Barnsley S75 1LR
Telephone: 01226 887 493http://www.perrys.co.uk
Perrys has been located in Barnsley for over ten years, selling a wide variety of vehicles and running very successful service and parts departments.
Its Claycliffe Road branch, situated in Barugh Green, is home to three major franchises – Vauxhall, Citroën and Mazda – selling all the latest models.
In addition, Perrys, which is the only award winning Motability dealership in Barnsley, sells a wide variety of quality, used cars and has a trade centre with vehicles from only £995.
Most of its employees live in and around Barnsley and the branch gives back to the community by taking part in local annual shows and holding its own events and open days throughout the year, welcoming customers and locals for fun, food and fantastic savings.
They take great pride in supporting local charities including Barnsley Hospice and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
A recent fundraising campaign by the entire Perrys Group saw the Barnsley site host a launch night to kick-off a special charity eBay auction which included the sale of a 1970’s Vauxhall Viva as well as many other fantastic items. This auction along with raffles, events and other fundraising efforts held by individual Perrys dealerships raised over £10,000 for Bluebell Wood – a worthwhile and humbling cause.
Alan Greenwood, general manager of Perrys, Barugh Green, says the motor sales group wanted to be part of the Proud of Barnsley awards for a third year as the company believes in rewarding and recognising special people within local communities.
“We are really proud to be part of the Barnsley community,” says Alan. “Without it we wouldn’t be in the position we are today as we very much rely on business from the people of Barnsley, and strive to provide a service to keep our customers coming back time and time again.”
“We chose to support the sporting achievement category as sport in all ages is something we believe in as it brings people together.”
“We have strong ties with sport in the community, currently sponsoring Hickleton Golf Club’s resident PGA Golf Professional, Sam Law. We previously sponsored Barnsley FC for seven seasons and have also supported local BPL sports centres.”