To mark Volunteers’ Week, it gives us great pleasure to announce that the following 13 Sported volunteers have been selected as the regional and national winners for the Vanessa Brown Volunteer Awards 2018 (VBVAs).


Peter Baker – East of England

Steve White – East Midlands

Keith Bates – London

Alan Balmer – North East

Eilish Ward – Northern Ireland

Jon Williams – North West

Graeme Thompson – Scotland

Allan Duncan – South East

John Wilford – South West

Rob Gilvear – Wales

Colin Rothwell – West Midlands

Gary Limbert – Yorkshire and Humber

Claire Grainger – Volunteer Services – Light Touch


Sported’s annual VBVAs celebrates the outstanding contribution of our volunteers to building the capacity and sustainability of our member groups. The 13 winners from across the UK have been nominated by their respective Sported Regional and National Managers and the Volunteer Services team.


The awards celebrate the life of Vanessa Brown – a much loved Sported staff member and friend – who sadly passed away in 2014. The overall winners of the VBVAs will be announced at a special celebratory event in September.


Sandra Hillyard, Volunteer Services Manager at Sported, said: “Congratulations to all our shortlisted winners for the Vanessa Brown Volunteer Awards 2018. As always it’s a tough but highly enjoyable process to reflect upon all the great work done by our volunteers and to shortlist just 13 winners to represent the regions and nations. Our volunteers are integral to Sported and our service delivery. It’s fantastic to be able to shine a light on their hard work and thank them for all that they do for us and our members.”