ANDY Evans was rewarded for his continued success with QPR in the Community Trust after being given the Outstanding Contribution Award at the 2016 Hammersmith & Fulham Community Sports Awards.
The Trust CEO, who has been with the R’s charitable arm since its inception in 1994, was recognised for devoting several years to improving sports across the borough on a night which celebrates the very best of sport and physical activity in the community.
After taking centre stage to receive his award from special guest and Commonwealth and European silver medallist, Jade Johnson, a surprised Evans told www.qpr.co.uk: “It was totally unexpected! As I found out on the night, the staff had kept it a big secret for a few weeks.
“To go up and pick up an award that recognises what QPR in the Community Trust does in our home borough of Hammersmith and Fulham was really nice.
“Jardine [Finn, Sports Development Manager] from Hammersmith and Fulham Council described us as an institution in the borough built over a number of years. To hear that and accept the award personally was a highlight for me.
“But it’s recognition for everyone’s hard work over a number of years, both present and past staff who have contributed to building us into a very important part of community sport in Hammersmith and Fulham.”
Evans’ award capped a memorable night at the Hammersmith Academy, where one of the Trust’s participants, Jett Coleman, took home the Inclusive Activity Award.
A volunteer on the Trust’s older people ‘Extra Time’ programme and Down’s Syndrome ‘Tiger Cubs’, he was recognised for enabling disabled people and those with long term health issues to access sport and wider physical activities in the community.
“Recognising people who volunteer is really important,” Evans said. “They are so important for so many organisations, not just us. The fact that these awards recognise that is great.
“I was so pleased for Jett in particular, who’s been on a journey with us. It’s been interesting watching him at our older people programme and seeing how much he’s grown in confidence by being part of it. To see him on the night pick up his award and make a speech was heart-warming.”
Meanwhile, fellow Trust participants Lemar Chance (Young Volunteer Award) and Kevin Nathaniel (Adults Volunteer Award) were also nominated during an evening to remember in west London.
Evans added: “It was a great night for all the individuals who were nominated, and it was a great night for QPR in the Community Trust to be recognised by the Hammersmith and Fulham Council.”