Meet the Vitality Grassroots Sportswoman of the Year award nominees
The Vitality Grassroots Sportswoman of the Year Award celebrates individuals who have actively engaged with different groups of people within their community through sport. 2019’s nominees are:
Founder, Crawley Old Girls FC, West Sussex
Bates is the founder of Crawley Old Girls Football Club, a recreational team for women over 25 in Crawley. She set the club up five years ago to create a welcoming and non-judgemental environment for women to take up or return to football. The club has more than 100 members and has inspired other clubs to start up in the area. In summer, Bates organised for more than 200 women to play an old girls’ World Cup in France.
Founder, Wave Wahines surf club, North Devon
Curtis is the founder of Wave Wahines, a weekly group that aims to get girls into the water to surf and swim. Curtis, a personal trainer and mum of three girls, wanted to provide a welcoming environment for girls aged 9-15 to get involved in surfing, have fun, grow in confidence and get fit. She has also encouraged women of all ages to try the sport for the first time and is described by local mums as a “vital part of the female community”.
Manager, West Wight Sports and Community Centre, Isle of Wight
Griffin is the manager of the West Wight Sports and Community Centre on the Isle of Wight. The centre is used by 1,700 a week and receives no funding from the local authority, which means Griffin has also worked to raise money for the facilities. She became manager of the community swimming pool in the 1980s and continues to teach swimming as well as work shifts as a lifeguard.
Founder and head coach, Thames Valley Kings Wheelchair Basketball club, Berkshire
Scoins-Cass is the founder and head coach of the Thames Valley Kings, a wheelchair basketball club in Berkshire. She runs the club, which was named the British wheelchair basketball club of the year, entirely on a voluntary basis, and has helped set up other teams across the south of England. She has also raised more than £60,000 to buy specialist wheelchairs.