Garry Sapsford has been highly influential in promoting the involvement of young people in a variety of sports, including cricket. Garry is head of PE at Shenfield High School and puts a huge amount of effort, both during
school hours and to a very large extent in his own time, into promoting youth involvement in sport. The recent success of the School's cricket, football and basketball teams at county and national level, is testimony to his efforts.
In support of his role within the school Garry actively encourages the involvement of young people in sports clubs beyond the school gates. Over the last 5 years or so he has been instrumental in encouraging youngsters
from the School to join and play an active part in the nearby Shenfield Cricket Club. As a keen cricketer himself, Garry became 3rd XI captain in summer 2006 and was thus responsible for team selection; such was his
success in encouraging student participation that there were several occasions when the 3rd XI team constituted a majority of current or former students from the school.
Over the last 2 or 3 years the 1st and 2nd XI
teams have included a number of former Shenfield School students all of whom were initially introduced to the cricket club as a result of Garry's efforts.
All the current SCC colts sides, from U11 through to U16, contain a high proportion of current Shenfield School students, almost entirely as a result of a Garry Sapsford introduction, directly or indirectly.
Through his infectious energy and enthusiasm many youngsters have been encouraged to enjoy a sport which they might otherwise not have considered.
In 2006, Shenfield High School 6th form cricket team was one of only two English state schools to participate in the national schools 20/20 cricket competition. That they did so with remarkable success, beating 3 highly regarded non-state schools in the early rounds of the competition, serves to further illustrate Garry's efforts in this area.
Garry has without doubt demonstrated, in an outstanding way, an ability to encourage and motivate young people to participate in a worthwhile sporting activity and thoroughly deserves a Jack Petchey Leaders Award.
Garry's award funds will be put towards net resurfacing.
Garry received his award from Dudley Payne, Deputy Mayor, on President's Day.