VIDEO - Surprise gift for gym club coach Sammi

It was a fantastic awards night for Sleaford Gymnastic Club.

It was a fantastic awards night for Sleaford Gymnastic Club.

Sleaford Standard Editor Stephen Stray presents the Coach of the Year award to Sammi Emsley. EMN-150420-121831001

Sleaford Standard Editor Stephen Stray presents the Coach of the Year award to Sammi Emsley. EMN-150420-121831001

Not only did head coach Sammi Emsley win Sports Coach of the Year at the Sleaford Town Awards, but she also walked away with the trophy for Sports Club of the Year.

During her acceptance, she described the club’s ongoing struggle to fund replacement safety matting and at the interval, county councillor Mark Allan pledged to award the club a £500 grant from his Big Society Fund. Each councillor is allotted cash to spend on local good causes.

He said: “It seemed to me a small donation could make a big difference to a small club like this. I am looking forward to going down to the gym and seeing what they get up to and taking an interest in their activities.”

Ms Emsley was ‘flabbergasted’ adding: “It means we only need £100 to reach our £1,200 target and it is going to make such a difference.

Young cricketer India Freeman gets her Sports Individual of the Year award from County Councillor Mark Allan. EMN-150420-121759001

Young cricketer India Freeman gets her Sports Individual of the Year award from County Councillor Mark Allan. EMN-150420-121759001

“We have been doing cake sales and raffles and anything we could think of and it would have taken another six months to raise the money, but now we can order the mats.”

Sports Individual of the Year, young India Freeman recalled an incident when she got stuck in a lift as a memorable moment of her recent trip to New Zealand to play for England in the under 20s Indoor Cricket World Cup.

Sports Club of the Year, Sleaford Gymnastics Club coaches Sammi Emsley and Helen Farrant with Clive Wicks. EMN-150420-121819001

Sports Club of the Year, Sleaford Gymnastics Club coaches Sammi Emsley and Helen Farrant with Clive Wicks. EMN-150420-121819001