Midland club Spartans Basketball WA takes out club of the year at Blue Ribbon Awards

L-R: Jarrad Warne of Midland, Ryley Hendriks of Caversham, Coby Freeman of Helena Valley (Club President), Oscar Gray of Woodbridge and Josh Battle of Gooseberry Hill.  Spartans Basketball Club won Club of the Year at the City of Swan Blue Ribbon Club Awards. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au   d477752
L-R: Jarrad Warne of Midland, Ryley Hendriks of Caversham, Coby Freeman of Helena Valley (Club President), Oscar Gray of Woodbridge and Josh Battle of Gooseberry Hill. Spartans Basketball Club won Club of the Year at the City of Swan Blue Ribbon Club Awards. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d477752

SPORTS clubs and volunteers in the City of Swan dominated at the 2017 Blue Ribbon Club Awards, which recognises the outstanding work done by local clubs and their volunteers.

The awards, which were held at the Dayton Community Centre at the end of last month, are part of the City’s Blue Ribbon Clubs program

The program helps local sporting clubs to grow and develop by improving the skills, knowledge and practices of clubs and volunteers.

Swan Mayor David Lucas said the awards were a chance to not only recognise, but reward volunteers who were doing fantastic work behind the scenes.

“Our local sporting clubs provide people with an avenue to be physically active and get involved in their community, and it is our volunteers that keep them running, so it’s a priority for the city to be involved in programs like this,” he said.

Among those awarded was Layke Rossiello from Swan City Titans Gridiron Inc, who received the Volunteer of the Year award for his hard work getting the fledgling club up and running.

“In six months, Layke managed to recruit over 100 members to the Stratton based club, as well as forming partnerships with the local community, other clubs and businesses which is an incredible feat,” Mayor Lucas said.

The Club of the Year award went to Spartans Basketball WA which has experienced rapid expansion since they opened just two years ago.

“The club places a strong emphasis on volunteering and up-skilling its young members, while ensuring all kids get the chance to play through an innovative ‘pay it back’ scheme,” he said

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