WIRRAL Athletics Club enjoyed a fantastic evening at the England Athletics North West Volunteer Awards for 2023 with a number of winners honoured. 

In a conference suite overlooking Blackburn Rovers' Ewood Park, the shortlisted volunteers and their friends, family and colleagues were joined by Dan Isherwood and Nichola Skedgel from England Athletics, and North West Regional Council members Shelby Williams, Marie Cartwright and Uyai Ikpatt.

Andrew Fraser, of Wirral Athletic Club, was named Coach of the Year with the judges saying: "Andrew's loyalty and passion for Wirral AC is what makes him special - and his mentoring of young leaders to take their first steps into coaching and encouraging parents to get involved in coaching or officiating has seen the club continue to grow."

Andrew said:  "My advice to other coaches is 'be patient', get emotionally involved and share their journey with them and their families. It just develops over time."

Wirral Athletic Club's Pam Green was also honoured with a Services to Athletics and Running award. 

The judges said: "This volunteer has been involved in many roles within athletics for over 40 years. She is an inclusive, approachable and knowledgeable coach, who looks to get the best out of every athlete no matter what their potential.

"She is well known and liked across the region's athletics scene region, quietly working behind the scenes to push athletics across Merseyside."

Pam said: "As a PE teacher I was inspired by the young people. Athletics is something for every sort of child." 

Also winning an award for Services to Athletics and Running was Wirral Athletic Club's Joe Fallon. 

The judges said: "Joe is a well-known and a highly respected top level throws coach in his club – running twice-weekly sessions since 1983, this volunteer's willingness to work with athletes of all abilities stands him apart from many top coaches who will often choose to work with the most talented.

"He has patience, tolerance and good humour and offers immense encouragement to his athletes."

Wirral Athletic Club's Michael Wilkinson was named runner up in the Club Leader of the Year category.

The judges said: "Michael's professional background in safeguarding is greatly appreciated by a club with so many young members. His impact is felt across Wirral AC with more members than ever prepared to train as coaches and officials to support their club."

Michael said: "This is really nice – I never expected this; I just wanted to help and see people enjoy themselves. I appreciate everyone's help in what I do."