A former Sports student from Cornwall College St Austell took home the title of Young Leader of the Year at the annual Cornwall Sports Awards last week. The event, held at The Headland Hotel in Newquay, was attended by hundreds of people and was organised by Cornwall Sports Partnership.
Fergus Connolly was up against other young coaches who volunteer for teams or organisations across the Duchy. In the past two years Fergus has volunteered for St Austell Rugby Club, initially starting with coaching and then refereeing, after joining the Cornwall refereeing society. He then completed a large amount of work experience working for the Cornish Cricket Company, going on to train as a Cricket Coach.
Team Lead for Sport at Cornwall College St Austell, Mark Ferguson-Smith, who nominated Fergus for the award said: “I am delighted that Fergus has been acknowledged for his outstanding contributions to Coaching and Officiating in Sport within the local community.
“He has invested over 100 hours into community sport in addition to achieving a triple distinction* grade on his 2 year Extended Diploma in Sport development, fitness and coaching. All of these achievements make Fergus an outstanding role model to current and future Cornwall College sport learners and the Sport Department are all very proud of his achievements over the last 2 years.”
Because Fergus completed so many hours he was also awarded £100 by the sports partnership to spend on a sport qualification, so he choose to take the FA Level 1 Football Coaching award.
Fergus said; “I achieved a lot more than I thought I would over the 2 year period I was at College and I left with a Sports Diploma, 3 coaching qualifications in different sports, life guard and refereeing qualifications. It’s been brilliant gaining so much experience and I’m really pleased with all I’ve achieved in such a short space of time.”
Fergus added; “I’m now taking a year out to get more work experience before going to university to become a sports teacher and I’m looking forward to continuing with my career in the sporting environment”.