Active Adults

Real Life Stories to Inspire

John Pritchard from Amlwch was named 2006 Sports Learner of the year at the annual NIACE Inspire awards.

Rhodri Davies, John Pritchard & Dr Huw Jones

A former business man, John, who now coaches at the local football academy, received the award in recognition of his work with the Sports Council for Wales' Dragon Sport programme on Anglesey. He has volunteered with Amlwch football club for over 13 year, and since 2004 has been running football sessions for young people with special needs.

The awards recognise the achievements of adults in Wales who have improved their livers and the lives of others through continued learning.

On receiving the Sport Learner Award John said: "I am delighted to have received this recognition. My work with Dragon Sports has meant that I have had the opportunity to develop my skills along the way, and hopefully made a difference to the lives of some of the young people I have worked with."

John Pritchard travelled to Cardiff to pick up his trophy - sponsored by the Sports Council for Wales - from ITV Wales sports presenter Rhodri Davies and Chief Executive of the Sports Council for Wales, Dr. Huw Jones.

Niace Dysgu Cymru is responsible for promoting and facilitating adult learning in Wales. The awards form part of Adult Learners' Week, a programme of events designed to promote adult learning.

JOHN HARVEY ROBERTSON

As player, volunteer administrator, coach, committee member and volunteer sports development officer, John Harvey Robertson has been actively engaged in sport all his life.John Harvey Robertson

The Bryncrug star has been dedicated to raising standards and providing opportunities for thousands of people across South Meirionydd and his achievements were recently duly recognised when he was presented with the Achievement in Sport award at the glittering Help the Aged Living Legends ceremony.

John became Dolwydden football club’s secretary in 1966 and began his football coaching in primary schools in 1973 - he remains active in both roles to this day.