Basketball England West Midlands Region Volunteer Awards Announced

Basketball England is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 West Midlands Region Volunteer Awards.

The annual volunteer awards programme sees nominations gathered from the public across the 10 English Regions, with winners selected in partnership with the Regional Management Committee Chairs.

One of the worthy winners is Funganayi Chogugdza (Young Volunteer of The Year) from the City of Birmingham Rockets. "Nash" as he is known at the club is heavily involved in coaching across all of the programme's younger age groups and has regularly attended coaching conferences to develop his skills further. Nash’s involvement in the Aspire Programme as a young coach has further illustrated his commitment to developing young people both on and off the court.

Also recognised is Jamie Richens (Teacher of The Year), who works at Alcester Grammar School, for his efforts in helping coordinate the Jr. NBA programme at his school and Joe Hodgson (Referee of the Year) who continually displays an exemplary standard of officiating when refereeing fixtures within the region.

The full list of winners is as follows:

“Congratulations and a big well done to all the volunteers selected from the West Midlands” said David Butler, Delivery Director for Basketball England. “I'm delighted for everyone chosen that their efforts have been recognised with a regional award and I look forward to potentially seeing some of the winners at the National Awards evening this September”

All of the winners in each category at regional level will be reviewed by a panel, with three nominees for each national award being invited to the Basketball England Annual Volunteer Awards Dinner which takes place on Saturday 7th September in Manchester, where the winners of the national awards will be announced and presented.