Hockey player Andy Barlow is the latest to be nominated in the services to sport category in the new South Holland Health Awards (see story below).
Andy was recently named as Spalding Hockey Club’s ‘Clubman of the Year’.
He is heavily involved in the junior section of the club, doing jobs such as admin, umpiring and coaching, and is described in the health awards nomination as “an all-round great performer and advocate of junior sports participation”.
The Clubman award was a great achievement for Andy (39) as he only joined the club in 2014.
He’s played the game for 27 years as a defensive midfielder.
Andy was based at Boston until problems with the pitch there forced that club to fold, which saw him switching to the Spalding club’s home at Surfleet.
Andy once coached the Boston U12s to the Lincolnshire title and says participation in sports brings many benefits for young people.
He says: “There are health benefits and it teaches them teamwork and there’s certainly an element of confidence as well. It’s just positivity.”
Andy describes Spalding Hockey Club as a “very, very hospitable and fantastically run club”.
He lives at Wyberton and works as a management accountant with Micronclean in Skegness, a firm specialising in supplying clean garments to the food processing and manufacturing industries as well as supplying linen to the region’s restaurants and hotels.
• The first South Holland Health Promotion Day will be held in Spalding next month.
This free to the public event will be at the South Holland Centre on Saturday, June 4, from 10am to 4pm and feature a wide range of information stands, stalls and talks from local healthcare providers.
It will also see the presentation ceremony for the first South Holland Health Awards.
The event is being organised by Tonic Health, in association with South Holland District Council, South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group and the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian.
Tonic Health director Michael Morris wanted to create an event which would highlight and celebrate the healthcare provision available to people of South Holland.
The area boasts some fantastic opportunities, support and provision, through the NHS, independent agencies and voluntary organisations, but members of the public are still not necessarily aware of what is on their doorstep.
The Health Promotion Day will feature stands supplied by a range of local healthcare groups offering attendees advice, guidance, support and information.
There will be a variety of health experts providing 30-minute talks throughout the day on a wide variety of health-related issues.
The day will culminate in the Health Awards ceremony, which will start at 3pm. There are four categories:
• Young Carer of the Year;
• Volunteer in healthcare;
• Bravery in the face of adversity;
• Services to sport/exercise.
Public nominations for worthy candidates can be made through filling in the form on this page or via email.
A judging panel will decide on a final three for each category before the event, with the winners being announced on the day.
The whole event is free to attend. The function hall will be the home for the stalls and the Health Awards ceremony, with talks being held in the meeting rooms.
For more public information about the day, please visit www.tonic-health.co.uk
If you are an organisation requiring a stand, please contact Sam at Tonic Health on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01775 725059.
To nominate someone, fill in the form in each week’s Lincoln shire Free Press or Spalding Guardian and send it to HEALTH AWARDS, Free Press and Guardian, Priory House, The Crescent, Spalding PE11 1AB.
Or email email@example.com with the name of the nominee, the category you are nominating them in and some words explaining why you think they deserve the award.
Please also enter your own name, address and telephone number.