Phoenix athletes run off with two awards

PUBLISHED: 16:08 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:12 26 October 2009

TOP TEAM: Herts Phoenix collected the Team of the Year award from WHTimes
sports editor Alan Davies (left) and Cllr Carl Storer, Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield

TOP TEAM: Herts Phoenix collected the Team of the Year award from WHTimes sports editor Alan Davies (left) and Cllr Carl Storer, Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield

HERTS Phoenix AC ran off with two top prizes from this year s Welwyn Hatfield Borough Sports Awards. The Gosling-based athletics club s senior women were honoured with the Team of the Year accolade after pipping WGC Cricket Club s 1st XI to the finish lin

Herts Phoenix Athletics Club: Club of the Year

HERTS Phoenix AC ran off with two top prizes from this year's Welwyn Hatfield Borough Sports Awards.

The Gosling-based athletics club's senior women were honoured with the Team of the Year accolade after pipping WGC Cricket Club's 1st XI to the finish line.

Phoenix also claimed the Club of the Year trophy ahead of competition from the Beaumont Diving Academy, cricket clubs WGC and Hatfield Crusaders, Welwyn Warriors Lacrosse Club and the Tiger Club at Mill Green Golf Club.

This latest honour comes after Herts Phoenix was also named the 2007 UK Athletics Club of the Year by the sport's governing body.

Head coach Dave Rice didn't know which Welwyn Hatfield Borough award pleased him more.

He said: "Certainly the Club Award is a great honour and I have been heavily involved in the development of the club over the last 25 years, so the UK Award and now this one really is something special to me.

"I am exceedingly proud of all its achievements in that time, and possibly no more than the last 12 months when all the early years' development work has come to bear fruits.

"More recently, of course, we have been able to intensify our school work, thanks to funding from England Athletics and I am sure we will see some more great talent in the years to come."

Rice was particularly pleased that the club's women were recognised after winning the Southern League title two years running.

"The women's team award gives me a great deal of satisfaction," he said.

"When I first became team manager nearly 20 years ago, the team was in the lowest division of the Southern League, and with all our developmental work we have climbed the divisions to the top, winning the premier league championship title, but even more, my long term aim all those years ago was to see the team gain access to the UK Women's League, and we have done that in style.

"As I said, this one gives me a great deal of satisfaction.

"I could not have achieved any of this without the fantastic support I have had over the years from the many other volunteers at the club.

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