We were absolutely thrilled to be at the iconic Oval Cricket Ground on Thursday 13 July to celebrate the Super 1s programme, and in particular two recipients of the Inspire Awards. Sophie and Connor were recognised for their personal development and contribution to Super 1s – and both got a well-deserved standing ovation on the night!
The awards were hosted by comedian Adam Hills, and England cricketer Chris Woakes took time out from the Ashes to hand out the trophies.
Sophie has been a regular attendee at her Super 1s hub for over eight years, and has become a brilliant role model for others. She plays a key role in making cricket a game for everyone.
Sophie said: "There are no words to describe it, I’m on top of the world right now. This award is not only for me but it’s for all my people back home and all my team and I’m going to go, ‘this may have my name on it, but this is for you, this is about us’."
Since getting involved with Super 1s, the teenager’s confidence has skyrocketed as cricket remains front and centre in her life.
"The fact that this is the only programme in the world like this, as big as it is, means it needs to keep growing. There needs to be involvement throughout life because it improves those kids’ lives, and it improves everybody’s lives. I need to encourage other people so it’s not just me as a role model, I want to have ten role models standing by my side and showing what this sport can offer."
Find out more about Sophie and her Super 1s journey.
Connor’s parents were told he wasn’t going to be able to walk when he was a child. Now, he’s a fully-fledged member of the Yeovil Super 1s, runs some of the sessions, coaches at his local cricket club and is also a personal trainer.
Connor commented: “It’s really motivating, sometimes I think of coaching and training as not actual work because I really enjoy what I’m doing. I just care about other people enjoying it.
“Lord’s Taverners are doing an amazing job; I really respect them and what they do for young people, and they’ve helped me so much as well. At the moment one of my goals is to pass my level two cricket course. In a couple of years I might do level three and come back here as a manager.”
Watch Connor's Story to find out more about his journey.
The Foundation has funded the Super 1s programme since 2013. A new partnership film, played on the evening, highlights the many other role models created through Super 1s over the 10 years. Our Trustee Piers Clanford also announced that the Foundation is extending its support of the programme for another three years, which was met by cheers all round!