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Three students from Grantham College were honoured by sports minister, Kate Hoey, on November 30th 2000.

Louise Hart, aged 17, along with Wayne Baxter and Rebecca Coulson, both 18, were presented with their Royal & Sun Alliance Community Sports Leader Award certificates during the Central Council of Physical Recreation’s annual conference at Stoke Rochford Hall, near Grantham.

All three students have been highly commended for their work in achieving the award, which qualifies them to help deliver sports sessions in their local communities, often working with people who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to participate in such activities.

John Rees, their course tutor at Grantham College, explains; “ In terms of dedication and enthusiasm we couldn’t have asked for any more from them. It’s never easy giving up your free time to do voluntary work but once again the CSLA has proved to be a great way for young people to put something back into their local communities. “

Sarah-Louise Prime, development manager at the British Sports Trust, which runs the CSLA, adds; “ More than 27,000 people sign up to the award every year which shows what an important role it can play in teaching leadership skills and providing the volunteers needed to help run local sports clubs. “

The CSLA comprises of 30 tutored hours with an additional 10 hours voluntary work at a local club, school or sports centre. Once candidates pass the course they can join an elite band of people who now have the skills and confidence to help out running sports and recreational sessions in their local communities. Many candidates have also used the award to find employment.