Award nomination for athletic volunteer
Wednesday 2nd July 2014
ATHLETE and volunteer Keith Binney has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award for his work with athletics clubs across Yorkshire.
ATHLETE and volunteer Keith Binney has been nominated for his work with athletics clubs across Yorkshire.
Keith, of Burnsway, Wath, has been nominated as volunteer of the year by his friend David Haywood.
He has been involved with Barnsley Athletics Club for a number of years, where he is now a track and field mentor.
"He still races in the over 60s although he's much slower now," joked David.
"I find him a remarkable person. The hours he gives to the sport amount to hundreds but it is his willingness, encouragement and commitment which set him apart from his colleagues.
"He has suffered many injuries over the years but 14 years ago he was diagnosed with testicular and lung cancer...he eventually beat that.
"No surprises there to a remarkable devotee of the sport."
Sports Team of the Year Sponsor
People’s Sport in Barnsley
Telephone: 01226 204409www.peoples-sport.com
People’s Sport in Barnsley is an exciting new project which aims to tell the story of the many thousands of people who have participated in sport in Barnsley over the years.
The project is focused particularly on Shaw Lane, which has been a centre for amateur sport since its completion in 1864 and has proven a popular venue for cricket, rugby, football, tennis, athletics, squash and several other sports.
The project’s aims are to establish a collection of memories and artefacts which can be used to preserve the sporting history of the site.
A website, www.peoples-sport.com, has already been launched and further memories, images and stories will be posted online.
Patrons for the organisation are MPs Dan Jarvis, Michael Dugher and Angela Smith, while Reds footballer Bobby Hassell and retired cricket umpire Dickie Bird are ambassadors.
Co-ordinator Dave Clayton said: “It’s an exciting project, and what’s particularly amazing is how much we’re discovering each week as we delve into the archives.
“There are so many people who have participated in sport in Barnsley and we want to celebrate that and record it in history.
“We’re privileged to sponsor the sports team category in the Proud of Barnsley awards. It means that as well as celebrating the great sporting history of this town, we can also honour what is happening in today’s generation.”
People’s Sport in Barnsley has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and work in close co-operation with Experience Barnsley.