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Jack Petchey Foundation Awards 2019

Jack Petchey Foundation Awards 2019

By Anthony Sherwood
1 November
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The JPF was set up by Sir Jack Petchey to inspire and motivate young people across London and Essex to do their best and reach their full potential


Jack Petchey Achievement Award winners are young people who have gone above and beyond to achieve – perhaps when others thought they might fail.

Achievement Award for the period January - June 2019 - CHARLIE OVEY (Under 13)
Charlie is a Quartermaster on the Lord Amory for the Dockland Scout Project. The boat is situated in the West India Docks at Canary Wharf London. It is run entirely with volunteers.

This facility enables children and some adults from all over the country to come and try water sports possibly for the first time.

In January, Charlie trained to be a Quartermaster along with full First Aid and Safeguard Training. He then went on to gain qualifications in Sailing, Kayak, Open Canoe and Pulling so that he can teach the children or adults who come to stay for the weekend or on Open Days.

He is responsible for the preparation of the boat prior to the visitors arriving, smooth running of all water sessions taking small groups out and equally the clearing up of the boat, equipment and dockside ready for the next weekend.

Generally, he would go on a Friday and finish on a Sunday. This year he wanted to play Rugby League so he goes after the match.

Achievement Award for the period September - November 2019 - HARRY PYKE (Open Age)
Harry is commencing his third year at Open Age our senior level of rugby league for 16 years and above. Harry has grasped the club’s values by committing his time to the younger generation at the club by taking up his Rugby Level 2 coaching certificate.

Only 18 himself this is a massive success story for the club’s overall ethos and culture but ultimately all the plaudits must go to Harry himself.

The Leader Award programme is designed for young people to recognise the hard work, dedication and support of their adult leaders. They are invited to nominate an adult leader and thank them for their valuable contribution.

Jack Petchey Leader Award 2019 - Jamie Impey (Open Age)
Has been playing for the club since he was 14 years old and this season, he completed his 8th year at the club and 3rd as our Men’s captain. A mean feat for a guy who is still only 22 years old!

Throughout his time at the club - and currently - Jamie (who is at an age where a lot of his peers are spending their leisure time outside of training and matches on leisure activities) has been giving his time helping the younger generation through coaching and encouraging them (and refereeing at primary and youth level) which has enabled a lot of youngsters to be able to play the game of rugby league and increase participation locally.

Within his own team he has inspired his teammates (some of whom are older than him) with his commitment both to the game and to his team with his willingness to always help and be available regardless of what else he has going on.

All whilst supporting his little boy of 5 years old with his partner Georgia, who without doubt already has his sights on being a future player at the club just like his daddy!

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