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Inspire Suffolk awards celebrates the successes of students and staff

PUBLISHED: 21:10 30 March 2018 | UPDATED: 21:10 30 March 2018

Highly Commended winner at the Inspire Suffolk Awards Oscar Watson with his certificate

Highly Commended winner at the Inspire Suffolk Awards Oscar Watson with his certificate

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Inspire Suffolk has held its first ever awards ceremony- shining a light on the successes of its students and staff.

All of the Inspire Suffolk award winnersAll of the Inspire Suffolk award winners

The event, on Tuesday March 27, celebrated the dedication of the charity’s young people and volunteers and the important work the charity undertakes.

Members of the Stowmarket Inspire Suffolk team receive the Community Engagement Award from Cllr Lesley Hill of Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town CouncilMembers of the Stowmarket Inspire Suffolk team receive the Community Engagement Award from Cllr Lesley Hill of Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council

Terry Baxter, CEO of Inspire Suffolk, said: “The awards showed the breadth of work we are involved in across our county and the personal stories brought home the life changing work that we are delivering on behalf of the young people in our county who are in need.”

Young Sports Personality of the Year Winner Liam King and highly commended winners Edward Martin and Oscar Watson pose up with Bill TancredYoung Sports Personality of the Year Winner Liam King and highly commended winners Edward Martin and Oscar Watson pose up with Bill Tancred

The Outstanding achievement award went to Jess Athorn.

Sam Powell receives the Inspire Suffolk Young Person of the Year Award from Tom McGarry of EDF Energy Nuclear New Build (Sizewell C)Sam Powell receives the Inspire Suffolk Young Person of the Year Award from Tom McGarry of EDF Energy Nuclear New Build (Sizewell C)

She joined Inspire Suffolk’s Prince’s Trust Team in 2013 and now, five years on, is a fully qualified gym instructor.

Winner of the Excellence in Teaching or Coaching Award winner Stacey Foulger receives her award from Christine Walters presenting on behalf of CoesWinner of the Excellence in Teaching or Coaching Award winner Stacey Foulger receives her award from Christine Walters presenting on behalf of Coes

The Stowmarket Team scooped the Community engagement award for transforming the garden area of the Leading Lives Stowmarket Community Hub, a local charity’s centre which supports adults with learning difficulties.

Young Sports Personality of the Year Winner Liam King with Bill TancredYoung Sports Personality of the Year Winner Liam King with Bill Tancred

The apprentice of the year award went to Niall Woods who now working as an apprentice sports coach at Inspire Suffolk.

Former Ipswich player Shefki Kuqi was one of the guests at the Inspire Suffolk awards night pictured with the charity's Chief Executive Terry BaxterFormer Ipswich player Shefki Kuqi was one of the guests at the Inspire Suffolk awards night pictured with the charity's Chief Executive Terry Baxter

Jodie Hinks received the Inspirational Young Person Award, having led her Inspire Suffolk group on their community project at a centre supporting adults with learning disabilities.

Sarah Rowe receives The Extra Mile Award from Peter Dawes of sponsors Carter DawesSarah Rowe receives The Extra Mile Award from Peter Dawes of sponsors Carter Dawes

Sam Powell earned the Young person of the year award having joined the charity after becoming homeless.

Paul Partington receives his Rising Star staff award from Alicia Mattcroft of Suffolk Chamber of CommercePaul Partington receives his Rising Star staff award from Alicia Mattcroft of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

He now has gained full employment at a new trampoline park in Ipswich.

Chairman of Inspire Suffolk Prof. Dave Muller addresses the guests at the awards ceremonyChairman of Inspire Suffolk Prof. Dave Muller addresses the guests at the awards ceremony

The Rising Star award went to Paul Partington who progressed from an assistant team leader to the charity’s post-16 education coordinator, managing the delivery of Inspire Suffolk’s education programmes.

The Inspire Suffolk Awards evening on TuesdayThe Inspire Suffolk Awards evening on Tuesday

The sports coaching team took away with the Inspire Suffolk Team of the year award.

Team of the Year - The sports Coaching team with Keith Buet of VertasTeam of the Year - The sports Coaching team with Keith Buet of Vertas

It delivers top class sports sessions, giving as many young people as possible the chance to play sport, build confidence and learn news skills.

Niall Woods receives the Inspire Suffolk Apprentice of the Year Award from Caroline Water from the University of SuffolkNiall Woods receives the Inspire Suffolk Apprentice of the Year Award from Caroline Water from the University of Suffolk

Stacey Foulger won the Excellence in Teaching or Coaching award.

Jess Athorn receives the Inspire Suffolk Outstanding Achievement AwardJess Athorn receives the Inspire Suffolk Outstanding Achievement Award

Stacey has been with Inspire Suffolk from the very beginning and is currently delivering her 21st Prince’s Trust programme for the charity.

Jodie Hinks receives the Inspire Suffolk Inspirational Young Person Award from Dave WardJodie Hinks receives the Inspire Suffolk Inspirational Young Person Award from Dave Ward

The Extra Mile ward went to Sarah Rowe for her enthusiastic dedication to charity events.

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