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Club of the Year: it’s up to you!

Club of the Year: it’s up to you!

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Don’t miss your chance to vote for the prestigious Sussex Sports Awards 2019 ‘Club of the Year’ Award

The eagerly anticipated full shortlist of finalists for the record breaking Sussex Sports Awards 2019 has been revealed, after this year’s awards received the highest number of nominations ever, from across the county.

The ‘Club of the Year’ category is the only award to be decided by a public vote, and it is just the fourth year when the deadline has been extended to the event itself, leading to much excitement and anticipation on the night – particularly as votes remain open for a period of the event before the winner is announced.

Club of the Year 2019 shortlisted finalists 

  • Westerleigh Judokwai

Westerleigh Judokwai, awarded the Queens Award (equal to a group MBE) in 2015, is an inclusive club, catering for over 120 athletes, with 35% with disabilities and  furthermore supports many families with disabled children by sign posting to services they may be in need of and supporting with networking with other parents.

This year has been one of much success for the Battle-based club, with 20 athletes travelling to Holland to participate in the Pan Disability European and World Championships, returning with a haul of 28 medals including four World Champions and seven European Champions, bringing this year’s medal tally to in excess of 45 medals.

Westerleigh’s athletes have competed all over the globe at many different competitions including the Common Wealth Championships and the World Championships, held in Marrakech, Morocco.

The club has also done numerous fundraising events over the year – including a small team taking part in the Westminister mile, supporting two athletes to complete it with their walking frames. Westerleigh Judokwai will also shortly be announcing a ‘Million Pound Appeal’ to purchase their own premises as they potentially won’t have a venue next year.

VOTE: to cast your vote please visit: ssa19.club

  • Whitehawk Football Club

Whitehawk Football Club are a Charter Standard Club, based at the TerraPura Ground in Brighton, with a committee committed to changing the perception of the local area, the football club itself and the role that football can play in the local community.

This year has been one of much success off the pitch, including the inspiring project – ‘Non-League for Grenfell’ – with 30 Grenfell children and leaders spending a day by the seaside and mascots at a Whitehawk home league game.

Furthermore, at Pride this year, football was united with Whitehawk hosting a match between an ex-Premier League All Star team featuring ex-players from Manchester United, Newcastle United, Brighton & Hove Albion, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur and an LGBTQ+ XI player managed by transgender writer and broadcaster, Sophie Cook. The game was one of the biggest mixed gender matches ever played and gained national media attention.

The club also ran ‘Hawks Heroes’ – a project for men on the Whitehawk Estate aged 30 years and above who were unfit through inactivity. The 10-week programme focused on health and mental well-being through coaching.

Amongst other projects the club also does partnership work with; the food bank and Whitehawk Legends for men who have lost their immediate family network, an education partnership with Greater Brighton Metropolitan College for construction and graphic design students and ‘Hawks In The Community,’ – a partnership between the local community centre, local businesses, the University of Brighton and Your League TV to use football as a focus for community solidarity.

VOTE: to cast your vote please visit: ssa19.club

  • Worthing Town Football Club

Worthing Town Football Club, a FA Charter Standard Community Club, is one of only 15 clubs in the country that offers a player pathway from youth-to-adult in male, female and disability football. The club has over 600 players FA registered, across 46 teams, for the 2019-20 season, furthermore Worthing Town is fully inclusive, with boys and (more) girls teams than any other in the county.

Based at Palatine Park, the football club is recognised as a leading organisation impacting on grassroots football in the local area and community and is an FA Respect site.

This year has been one of much success for the club with a number of teams in a variety of age groups winning league titles and or cup competitions.

Worthing Town hosted a three-day Football Festival for over 300 teams with clubs from all over the South of England involved and the club also took part in the Highdown Rotary Carnival.

Off the pitch Worthing Town continues to work closely with local schools - providing after school clubs onsite as well as running daily clubs during the holidays from its clubhouse based in Worthing.

VOTE: to cast your vote please visit: ssa19.club

Sadie Mason MBE, Active Sussex Chief Executive commented: "Ever since we extended the deadline of this category to be decided on the night itself, there has been an extra buzz about the place as all three nominees eagerly await the decision. We have three outstanding finalists this year and it is safe to say that this year was the hardest round of nominations we have ever had to judge. All three clubs have done so much for their local communities, so it is incredibly satisfying to give these communities the power to vote for their clubs."

For the  full Sussex Sports Awards 2019 shortlist of finalists, please click HERE


Why not join in the memorable celebrations and attend one of the most prestigious evenings in the Sussex sporting calendar. 

Tickets are on sale NOW: 

Community Tickets, £55 (limited subsidised number): Available for individuals and community groups and include a welcome drinks reception alongside VIP guests, a three-course gala dinner served by Hilton Brighton Metropole, wine with your meal and tea/coffee afterwards, entertainment throughout the evening, a special Sussex Sports Awards speech from Kriss Akabusi MBE, the presentation of all of the awards, and an after party to wrap up the sporting year.

Corporate Tickets, £75 plus VAT: Include a drinks reception, a three-course meal with wine, tea/coffee, entertainment throughout the evening, and of course front row seats for the awards presentation and stories from Kriss Akabusi MBE, and an after party.  Corporate Tables of 10 are discounted to £675 plus VAT.

The Sussex Sports Awards provides a spectacular and memorable night for all involved and is a fantastic celebration of Sussex sporting dedication and achievement.  


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For more information please contact Ed Bartram, Active Sussex’s Events Officer,

E: ebartram@activesussex.org/ T: 01273 644103