Teenager’s joy at landing top sport accolade

Football coach Lucy Briggs,17, who has set-up Football Kickabout on Garstang Moss Lane Playing Fields
Football coach Lucy Briggs,17, who has set-up Football Kickabout on Garstang Moss Lane Playing Fields
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A teenager from Garstang has won acclaim for her work volunteering in sport.

Lucy Briggs, from Garstang, was highly commended in the Young Volunteer of the Year category of the Lancashire Sports Awards, in recognition of the time she has dedicated to volunteering in sport.

Lucy, 18, coaches the juniors at Garstang Cricket Club and has created a football scheme to provide sport for young people in and around Garstang.

She set-up ‘Football Kickabout’ on Moss Lane Playing Fields for aspiring footballers aged seven to 14 years.

At the age of 16 she took a year out of playing to have a go at coaching and later said:“I have always had a great passion for football. I wanted to give something back to the community which I have grown up loving and have now began to do this through coaching.”

A student at Lancaster and Morecambe College, Lucy recently won Level 3 Student of the Year and Women’s Footballer of the Year.

She has been praised for her enthusiasm and commitment and the good example she sets to those around her.

Lucy also plays for Blackpool Football Club Ladies and coaches the Under-11s team.

Another Wyre resident was also recognised in the county awards.

Graham Lawton from Poulton, won the Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to community sport.

Graham has both played and umpired local cricket and taken on the roles of treasurer and groundsman at Fylde Cricket Club where he has been a member for the past 50 years. The Lancashire Sports Award were developed in partnership with the county’s local councils to celebrate sporting achievement and share best practice.