Selsey hope to take centre stage at Sussex Sports Awards

Matthew Weller winning an earlier award - this one from Sussex FA, presented by Tony Kybett
Matthew Weller winning an earlier award - this one from Sussex FA, presented by Tony Kybett

Selsey FC and a young football coach in the town feature in the shortlists for the Sussex Sports Awards.

The ceremony, now in its 11th year and hosted by Active Sussex, will be held on November 29 at The Grand Hotel, Brighton.

Regular host Danny Pike, the BBC Sussex presenter, will this year he will be joined by Olympic badminton silver medallist Gail Emms, who will provide inspirational tales of her journey to sporting success.

Shortlisted for The Grand Hotel club of the year are Selsey FC, who have worked with Selsey Seals to move football participation in the area to a new level.

Between them, the clubs have worked hard to achieve the FA Charter Standard Community Club award. They have a combination of 19 adult and youth teams covering all age ranges and encompass a friednly attitude to the delivery of grassroots football.

Up for the young coach of the year award is Matthew Weller, who has undertaken voluntary work with Selsey Seals for the past three years helping the manager in coaching the under-nine mixed age group. In 2012 Weller completed the FA level-one coaching course and since then he has become more involved with using his experience at the course to help other age groups.

Weller is also shortlisted for the young volunteer of the year award. In addition to his work with Selsey, he has extended his volunteering contribution to the wider community as well as building on the coaching undertaken in the Selsey community. He supports the adult coaches with their teams and has made a significant difference with another young coach with the development of the under-13 girls’ football team.

The club of the year award is being decided by public vote - choose which club you think deserves to be nominated. Place your votes by tomorrow (Friday, November 15) at

Sadie Mason, Active Sussex chief executive, said: “2013 has been an extremely important and significant year in sport. Whilst last year was all about preparing, approaching and enjoying the London Olympic Games, this year has been all about keeping the momentum going and ensuring that sporting legacy continues throughout Sussex. The awards ceremony will reward quality, achievement, determination and commitment to those involved in sport across the county.”

Tickets for the awards ceremony are on sale and cost £40 including VAT - these are subsidised tickets for community sports groups, teams and individuals. Corporate tickets are also available at £65 excluding VAT, with corporate tables of ten for £600 plus VAT. Buy online at