Burnley Leisure in partnership with Burnley Council hosted their annual sports awards at the Mechanics. The awards recognise and celebrate the contributions and achievements of local people and communities to sport, physical activity, and community development.
This years host was Steve Backley, who won numerous medals in the javelin (Seven Gold Medals, Two Olympic Silver, Three World Records & One Olympic Bronze). He finished competing in 2004, but also during his time he received the MBE in 1995 and the OBE IN 2002.
Burnley RUFC had nominations in the Coach of the Year & Community Project of the Year.
GREAT NEWS - Simon Finnan won the Coach of the Year - official write up in the programme from the nominee read -
"Simon Finnan is Burnley Rugby Club's Community Rugby Coach, Chairman of Burnley Rugby Club Junior Section & previously Head Coach for the last seven years.
Simon also works alongside the Schools Sports Partnership coaching in both secondary and primary schools in the Burnley area. One of the principle areas for Simon in his CRC role is working in conjunction with the Burnley Schools Sports Partnership by visiting different primary schools in the area to deliver Tag Rugby sessions. These lead into tournaments which are held at Burnley Rugby Club and engage around 26 schools. The aim of this initiative is to broaden the youngsters' sporting outlook and introduce the youngsters to the game of Rugby Union Football with its Five Core Values - Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline, Sportsmanship.
He mentors the young coaches and officials, giving them opportunities to assist at primary school events so they can gain further experience. He also acts as a mentor to the junior coaches working within the club.
Simon is an asset to the Schools Sports Partnership coaching team and to Burnley Rugby Club. His enthusiasm for developing the game of rugby and coaching children is the reason why after 13 years, Rugby remains our most popular sport for schools coaching and attracts 86% of schools to take part in competitions".
He now represents Burnley at the Lancashire Awards later in the year.