8 May 2008

CCPR, the alliance of national governing bodies of sport and recreation, held its prestigious ‘Sports Club of the Year’ awards ceremony in London last night. Amongst the winners of the awards, presented by sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe MP and world cup winner Jason Leonard, was Wrexham Fencing Club.

In association with the Foundation for Sport and the Arts (FSA) and runningsports, CCPR recognises sports clubs which have made an outstanding contribution within their community. The six finalists had all shown exceptional commitment and dedication in providing opportunities to make sport inclusive and accessible for all. The winners were awarded cash prizes between £1,000 and £6,000.

In the view of the judges, Wrexham Fencing Club, which finished in joint third place, provides a wealth of opportunity for individuals of all ages and abilities. Utilising sports science and weekly local competitions in addition to national and international championships, it boasts an impressive array of international fencers from youth through to veteran levels. Working with local schools, Wrexham’s latest initiative will see it working with the Women’s Institute. This, combined with the club’s commitment to developing coaches, makes Wrexham Fencing a worthy recipient of a prize.

Tim Lamb, CCPR chief executive, said:

"CCPR is proud to present the Sports Club of the Year awards and to recognise community sports clubs in this way. Their volunteers devote countless hours of their time encouraging participation in sport and it’s only right that this contribution is highlighted on nights like this.

"Wrexham Fencing Club provides a wealth of opportunities for participation and is an example to clubs right across the country. The people of Wrexham are very fortunate to have such a beacon of excellence in the area."