Basketball team honoured by Duke’s award

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WHEELCHAIR basketball players in Sheffield have earned a community award.

Members of the Sheffield Steelers Wheelchair Basketball Club are the latest recipient of The Duke of York Community Initiative Award.

Prince Andrew founded the initiative in 1998, in a bid to encourage the development of community spirit, individual leadership and initiatives across Yorkshire and the Humber.

It supports projects through a dedicated award scheme and recognition of excellence.

Colin Price, chairman of the Steelers, who celebrate their 25th anniversary of their formation this year, said: “Being awarded the Duke of York Community Initiative is a fantastic achievement and a real honour for us and the members who give their time so freely.

“We are very proud of the work we do and this award is a marvellous seal of approval.”

Simon Blagden, chairman of the trustees for the award scheme, said: “On behalf of myself and the assessment panel, I would like to offer our congratulations on what is a great achievement.”

Lorraine Waring, Steelers secretary, said: “The scheme’s aim is to foster and increase community spirit throughout Yorkshire.

“It is only awarded to community schemes of outstanding merit which meet the rigorous assessment criteria.”

The Steelers, who play at the spinal injuries unit at the Northern General Hospital in Fir Vale, received their award from Susan Cunliffe-Lister, the Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire, who also read a personal message from The Duke of York.

n visit www.sheffield-steelers.co.uk for more about the Steelers.