Sky Sports Living for Sport Awards
2015 Awards Celebrate Inspirational Students and Teachers on Sky Sports
The Sky Sports Living for Sport UK & Ireland Student of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Project of the Year winners were all invited to Sky Studios in London to receive their trophies during a brilliant Awards show in March 2015.
Broadcast on Sky Sports 1 on Sunday 29 March, the hour-long show was hosted by Di Dougherty and featured a host of sports stars including Sky Academy Ambassadors Thierry Henry, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Darren Campbell.
The Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of students and teachers, using sport stars and the skills learnt through sport to build life skills in young people as a result of their involvement in the programme.
The Awards show came at the end of a week of celebrations, during which the Students of the Year for England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales were each surprised by a different Sky Academy Ambassador who turned up to their school unannounced to present them with their Award.
The surprise Ambassador visits were broadcast live on Sky Sports News HQ throughout the week, with one of the many highlights seeing Thierry Henry dress up as a teacher when visiting Emma Morgan, who won the Student of the Year – Wales.
SKY SPORTS LIVING FOR SPORT UK & IRELAND STUDENT OF THE YEAR - RORY DOHERTY
England rugby union hero Jonny Wilkinson surprised 16-year-old Rory Doherty from Northern Ireland with a video message to reveal he had been chosen by the judging panel as the Sky Sports Living for Sport Student of the Year. Rory won the award for using the skills he learned through the programme to build the skills he needed to overcome confidence issues and severe dyslexia.
SKY SPORTS LIVING FOR SPORT UK & IRELAND TEACHER OF THE YEAR - ASHLEY SMITH
Sky Sports Living for Sport Teacher of the Year Ashley Smith from Worcester was presented with his award by former South African rugby union player Thinus Delport. Delport has made regular visits to Ashley’s school as part of his role as a Sky Sports Living for Sport Athlete Mentor and presented the award to the Norton College teacher. Ashley received the award for embracing the programme to help positively change the lives of his students through sport.
SKY SPORT LIVING FOR SPORT UK & IRELAND PROJECT OF THE YEAR - Ó FIAICH COLLEGE
The cast of Sky 1 and Sky Sports popular TV programme Soccer AM awarded 19 County Louth students from Ó Fiaich College the Sky Sports Living for Sport Project of the Year award. The students were recognised for running a successful project encouraging goal-setting and to raise motivation levels amongst their peers.
Sky Sports Living for Sport is part of Sky Academy, a set of initiatives using the power of TV, creativity and sport to help 1 million young people in the UK and Ireland build practical skills and experience to unlock their potential.
The initiative runs in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust and in this academic year alone, over 1500 UK secondary schools and 175 Irish secondary schools will take part.
You can find out more about all of this year’s Sky Sports Living for Sport Awards winners on the case studies page here.