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Jean is England Golf’s Volunteer of the Year

first_img22 Feb 2018 Jean is England Golf’s Volunteer of the Year Tags: Award, Jean Hooper, Volunteer of the Year Surrey’s Jean Hooper, who goes above and beyond to support the juniors at her club, has won England Golf’s Volunteer of the Year Award, sponsored by Players 1st.Jean is England Golf’s Volunteer of the YearSurrey’s Jean Hooper, who goes above and beyond to support the juniors at her club, has won England Golf’s Volunteer of the Year Award, sponsored by Players 1st.Jean represents about 50,000 golf volunteers in the country and her achievements as junior organiser at Bramley Golf Club, near Guildford, were celebrated at the England Golf Awards, sponsored by Bridgestone.The glittering, black tie event at the Royal Lancaster London highlighted all that’s great about golf in England and guests heard how Jean encourages, educates and integrates the juniors at her club.She’s built up the section to around 70 members, including 12 girls, and gives up countless hours to get them on the course, involve them in competitions, organise matches – and have fun. She even chose her car for its capability to act as team transport!“This came as such a shock to me,” she said of the award. “I do all this because I like doing it, but this is a lovely bonus – and one that I just didn’t see coming.”Jean, a retired teacher, had many nominations from fellow club members and they spoke of her tireless devotion, outstanding organisation, and her passion, drive and enthusiasm. One member told how her interest transformed him from being in trouble at school to becoming junior captain and “the person I am today.”The judges agreed with them, commenting: “Jean is an exceptional person who gives 100% and more. Her contribution to the club and members is immeasurable. She goes above and beyond in everything she does and clearly makes a significant impact on people’s lives for the better.”Jean first became involved with the juniors about 10 years ago, inspired by the opportunity to give back in return for her son’s good experience at the club.“I just like doing it, I like to see then progressing, moving from complete beginners to stunning gofers and I like to be part of what they are doing,” she commented.She’s very keen that the juniors are integrated in the club and praises Bramley: “The club are brilliant, everyone wants to know how the juniors are getting on and the juniors are just part of the club, which is how it should be.”Jean also believes that golf has a great role to play in helping shape youngsters and develop their confidence.“Life is tough for youngsters these days, there are all sorts of routes you can go down and a lot of distractions,” she said.“Golf is a lovely sport, you play with a variety of people and learn so much from the adults as well as the other juniors. The fact that it’s time consuming is good, it uses up their time, and there’s always company. It’s one of the safest environments you can be in, spend time in and meet people, young and old.”Jean also managed to fit in a term as ladies’ captain alongside her junior duties and she’s an active member, playing off 23 handicap and enjoying the club matches – when not babysitting her two young grandchildren.“The golf club is a large part of my life,” she said. “I’ll keep going until they throw me out! I just love it.”The runners-up for the Volunteer of the Year Award were Sue Robertson of Berkshire, co-founder of the Disabled Golf Association; Richard Ward of Wrag Barn Golf Club, Wiltshire; and Jenny Winch of Test Valley Golf Club, Hampshire.Jean received her award from Morten Bisgaard, Chief Executive of Players 1st.Click here to read about all the Award winners.Jean represents about 50,000 golf volunteers in the country and her achievements as junior organiser at Bramley Golf Club, near Guildford, were celebrated at the England Golf Awards, sponsored by Bridgestone.The glittering, black tie event at the Royal Lancaster London highlighted all that’s great about golf in England and guests heard how Jean encourages, educates and integrates the juniors at her club.She’s built up the section to around 70 members, including 12 girls, and gives up countless hours to get them on the course, involve them in competitions, organise matches – and have fun. She even chose her car for its capability to act as team transport!“This came as such a shock to me,” she said of the award. “I do all this because I like doing it, but this is a lovely bonus – and one that I just didn’t see coming.”Jean, a retired teacher, had many nominations from fellow club members and they spoke of her tireless devotion, outstanding organisation, and her passion, drive and enthusiasm. One member told how her interest transformed him from being in trouble at school to becoming junior captain and “the person I am today.”The judges agreed with them, commenting: “Jean is an exceptional person who gives 100% and more. Her contribution to the club and members is immeasurable. She goes above and beyond in everything she does and clearly makes a significant impact on people’s lives for the better.”Jean first became involved with the juniors about 10 years ago, inspired by the opportunity to give back in return for her son’s good experience at the club.“I just like doing it, I like to see then progressing, moving from complete beginners to stunning gofers and I like to be part of what they are doing,” she commented.She’s very keen that the juniors are integrated in the club and praises Bramley: “The club are brilliant, everyone wants to know how the juniors are getting on and the juniors are just part of the club, which is how it should be.”Jean also believes that golf has a great role to play in helping shape youngsters and develop their confidence.“Life is tough for youngsters these days, there are all sorts of routes you can go down and a lot of distractions,” she said.“Golf is a lovely sport, you play with a variety of people and learn so much from the adults as well as the other juniors. The fact that it’s time consuming is good, it uses up their time, and there’s always company. It’s one of the safest environments you can be in, spend time in and meet people, young and old.”Jean also managed to fit in a term as ladies’ captain alongside her junior duties and she’s an active member, playing off 23 handicap and enjoying the club matches – when not babysitting her two young grandchildren.“The golf club is a large part of my life,” she said. “I’ll keep going until they throw me out! I just love it.”The runners-up for the Volunteer of the Year Award were Sue Robertson of Berkshire, co-founder of the Disabled Golf Association; Richard Ward of Wrag Barn Golf Club, Wiltshire; and Jenny Winch of Test Valley Golf Club, Hampshire.Caption: Jean Hooper receives her award from Morten Bisgaard, Chief Executive of Players 1st.last_img read more

Six straight for STETHS!

first_img Wedderburn was elated with the win, but as usual, was reserved as he praised his relatively young team for the record-sustaining victory. “It was a fabulous performance today! This is pedigree at its best, and while we take nothing away from Manchester, who I thought gave it their all, we just had more today, and we proved once again that once we play hard football, it is going to be difficult to beat us,” stated Wedderburn. Six titles in as many years has cemented STETHS as the undisputed kings of the Ben Francis Cup, and Wedderburn was not shy in calling it as he sees it. “You can almost call this the STETHS Cup,” he told The Gleaner. “It is an awesome feeling! Several of my players are 16 years old and have no experience of winning a title, so this is one for them,” he said. For Manchester, it was a third loss in the final against STETHS, who also bettered them in 2011 and 2013. “I am very disappointed. We got our chances and failed to take them, and such is the game,” Duckie said. “I believe two of the STETHS goals were erroneously allowed when fouls in the build-up were not called by the referee,” reasoned Duckie. Pleasing performance WESTERN BUREAU: “This is certainly STETHS’ era,” declared Omar Wedderburn, the St Elizabeth Technical head coach after his team slammed Manchester High 4-1 in the ISSA/Flow Ben Francis Knockout final yesterday at the Juici Field in Clarendon to fashion a sixth-straight hold on the title. Romeo Wright, the bustling central midfielder, was the surprise star for the champions with a double strike to stun Donovan Duckie’s team into submission as STETHS retained the title they have now won since 2010. STETHS was into the swing of the action early when Michael ‘Diddy’ Kerr netted from the penalty spot in the sixth minute, the result of an infringement inside the area. It was Kerr’s 29th goal of the schoolboy season. Wright, meanwhile, was having the time of his life alongside Kerr in an attacking role for STETHS. But it was another reliable STETHS asset in Shawn Genus, who gave them back the lead when he stooped low down to head them in front at 2-1 in the 59th. Duhaney Williams had equalised for Manchester in the 17-minute and the teams held that score into the half-time break. Come the second half, and it was all STETHS as Wright exploded. His first of the evening put STETHS 3-1 ahead in the 71st minute when he slid the ball into the back of the net, beating Manchester goalkeeper Nicholas King at his near post. He then made the game effectively safe for his team with a long-range effort that crashed against the far upright before nestling in the net at 4-1 in minute 80.last_img read more

Have You Changed Enough to Ask Your Client to Change – Episode 15

first_imgIf you want to be the kind of person that can help your dream client change, you need to change first. It’s a challenge, and it sets the bar high.last_img

The NFLs Offseason Carousel Is Mostly Pointless

As my colleague Ben Morris wrote Wednesday, the NFL’s annual free agent market is not, by and large, where Super Bowls are won and lost. At best, it’s a place where teams tread water, paying the going rate for known talents. At worst, it’s where teams waste a ton of money. It’s not hard to see why: Because of “the winner’s curse,” the team that lands a coveted free agent (cough, Ndamukong Suh) is usually the one whose front office overestimated his value by the greatest amount. And with a hard salary cap in place, miscues of that sort mean another aspect of the team is necessarily handicapped with fewer resources as a result.Want more evidence that offseason roster reshuffling is pointless? Going back to the advent of the NFL salary cap (before the 1994 season), I looked at the relationship between the Approximate Value (AV) of veteran players acquired by a team1Via free agency or trades. over the offseason and how much the team’s Simple Rating System (SRS) score improved the following season. Whether you gauge the quality of incoming players using their AV from the prior season alone or their cumulative AV over the preceding three seasons, there’s essentially no connection between how much talent a team adds over the offseason and how much better (or worse) it gets that season.But maybe adding talent is only half the equation. There’s also the matter of preventing talent from leaving by re-signing veterans — or at least maintaining a positive mark in the offseason AV exchange ledger. However, even when looking at net veteran AV gained/lost over the preceding offseason, there’s still no relationship between a team’s ability to hoard proven talent in the offseason and its improvement or decline in the ensuing season.Free agency always feels like one of the most exciting parts of the NFL offseason. But if history is any guide, the vast majority of what happens this week will have little bearing on how much any given team improves or declines next season. read more

Ohio State club football optimistic about future

On a windy, overcast April afternoon at Ohio State, the cleats are laced up, footballs are tossed around and a new offensive scheme is being installed. New coaches and new players provide hope for the upcoming season. This is not the beloved Buckeye varsity football team, however, but the OSU club football team getting ready to enter its fourth season this fall. OSU club football began Spring Quarter 2008. A group of about 25 players made the team and stuck it out through the inaugural season in fall 2009. The team went 1-4 the first year, beating only Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 28-12. The second year was a similar story for the club. A team of about 35 players competed for the Buckeyes and they made improvements from 2009, but the 2010 squad finished the year with a 2-4 record. Former club president and a player for three years, Nick Herrin, said that despite the tough times the team endured those first two years, it was the most fun he’s ever had playing football. “It was just 18 to 25 guys that just absolutely loved football,” said Herrin, a fourth-year in psychology. In the first two seasons, the team was not lacking in skill or talent, but was simply outmanned when compared to their opponents, Herrin said. “The first year of the club, we had 18 guys that were as good as anybody,” Herrin said. “We were just outnumbered. We go to Xavier and Miami and they’ve got 45 guys.” Despite going 3-8 in the first two years of the club’s existence, the players said the excitement increased prior to the 2011 campaign. Through tryouts, the team was able to increase its roster size to almost 50 players last season. As Herrin said, the increase in the number of players on the team helped. The Buckeyes finished the season 6-0 and ranked No. 3 in the final Intercollegiate Club Football Federation rankings. OSU practices and plays all of its home games at the Lincoln Tower Turf Field, which is located just south of Ohio Stadium. Safety George Shapiro, a third-year in industrial engineering and club president, said looking up at the fourth-largest football stadium in the country makes him feel like “the little brother” at times. He said he doesn’t mind though. “It’s still cool that it’s behind us like that,” Shapiro said. “It’s still very exciting to play in front of the Horseshoe.” The Buckeyes held tryouts last week and added 25 players to a team with 25 players from last season’s undefeated squad. Practice began Monday and will be two days each week until the end of the quarter. The team is making an offensive transition this year, similar to that of the varsity team under coach Urban Meyer. The scheme will be more of a spread offense after last year’s team was more run-oriented, Herrin said. Quarterback Jeff Porter, a second-year in operations management and club vice president, said the biggest thing for the team this spring is to get everyone together and start teaching the new guys. “We’re just trying to teach right now,” Porter said. “We’re just trying to get the new people caught up to what the veterans have learned already so that when it comes time for the fall, we can just jump right in.” Defensive back T.J. Thompson, a second-year in finance, said learning the new schemes is key, but getting everybody excited about playing is the most important thing. “This spring, we want to get everyone just excited for the autumn,” Thompson said. “Everyone just loves playing and has fun.” Looking forward to next season, coach Ray Giesige said it’s going to be hard to duplicate what last year’s team did because of the players that are graduating. Giesige played for the club team the previous two seasons before concussions forced him to switch to a coaching role. The fourth-year in sport and leisure studies said he wanted to stay involved and help continue what he helped start. “I decided I wanted to stick around and help out because it really is a great organization and we’re trying to do good things,” Giesige said. While he said he thinks the team has lost some important players from last year’s team, Giesige is looking to build off the 2011 season and is optimistic about the 2012 Buckeyes. “We lost some key contributors, but the great thing about here is there’s so many people that we can replace them at least a little bit on the talent side,” Giesige said. “We’re looking for people to step up right now and be leaders and if that happens, I think we’ll have a pretty good year.” read more

Chelsea set to offer Willian a new lucrative twoyear deal

first_imgChelsea winger Willian is set to be offered a new two-year contract shortly in order to fend off interest from Manchester UnitedThe Brazil international had been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer to both United and Barcelona.Although, while the Catalan side had made three attempts to sign Willian, no such bid arrived from United.But Chelsea are not prepared to risk losing Willian again with the Daily Mirror reporting that the Blues are now willing to break their club policy by offering him a new two-year deal.Chelsea only offer players at 30 years old or over a one-year extension.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.But Willian, who celebrated his 30th birthday last week, is an exception.The Brazilian recently admitted that he would have moved on from Stamford Bridge had Antonio Conte remained as manager.Although Maurizio Sarri’s arrival as the new Chelsea boss has pleased Willian and he has decided to remain at West London.Willian current earns £120,000-a-week and has just under two years remaining on his current contract.last_img read more

Klopp pokes fun at Super League reports

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has joked he would be in favour of European Super League because it would mean fewer games and more money.The German manager laughed off the notion of a European ‘Super League’ by joking it would be a boost for his team to play fewer games.Speaking after Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Saturday, Klopp batted away the idea of the competition in his typically jovial style.“It sounds really nice because it sounds like much less games and much more money,” he said, according to FourFourTwo.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I am completely fine with how the league football is at the moment. At least, it’s an idea [the ‘Super League’] that we don’t do immediately.”Klopp also claimed football governing bodies, FIFA and UEFA’s approach to proposed competition revamps are flawed because they do not seek sufficient input from clubs and other stakeholders.“I’m not even sure if somebody spoke about it, to be honest. It looks like all the other wonderful ideas of FIFA and UEFA,” he added.“They do them immediately, they don’t ask. And then you see, ‘Oh, okay, we have 20 games more and not more money’.”last_img read more

The Greenfield University Amendment Bill 2019 passed in state Assembly

first_imgKolkata/Darjeeling: The Greenfield University (Amendment) Bill 2019 was passed in the state Assembly on Wednesday with the objective to change the name of Greenfield University to Darjeeling Hills University inrecognition to the persistent demand of the people of the Hills to change the name of the varsity. “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited the Hills several times since 2011 and has always shown her commitmenttowards development of the Hills and respect to the demand of the local people. The people in the Hills have urged her to change the name of the varsity and so the amendment to change the name has been proposed,” said state Education minister Partha Chatterjee while placing the Bill in the Assembly. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe minister added that 25 acres of land has been earmarked at Mongpu for setting up the university. The state Higher Education department has already sent its proposal of sanctioning Rs 333 crores for construction of the varsity to the state Finance department. “The Public Works Department (PWD) will execute the construction work,” Chatterjee said. It may be mentioned that the state Assembly had passed a Bill on July 31 last year to set up Greenfield University at Jogighat in Mungpoo. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSoon after the bill was tabled, sections of the hill community were of the opinion that the varsity should be named Darjeeling Hill University so that it would strike a chord with the local people. “It was ready to be tabled in the February session in the Assembly but with the ensuing elections it could not be tabled during that time,” Chatterjee said. Left Front leader Sujan Chakraborty demanded that the Bill should be sent to the select committee to elicit opinion of the MLAs while Congress MLA Nepal Mahato also wanted it to be circulated among the MLAs for eliciting opinion. However, the Bill was passed after majority of the MLAs voted in support of the Bill. Darjeeling has welcomed the change in name of the Greenfield University to the Darjeeling Hill University. The demand for a university in the Hills of Darjeeling has been long pending. Though the Union Government during the formation of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration had assured of a Central University for the Hills, it had not translated into action. A Memorandum of Agreement between the Union, State and the GJM that had paved the way for the GTA had also mentioned the creation of a Central University. The state government decided to come up with a new university in the Darjeeling hills. Finally on July 31, 2018, “Greenfield University Bill” was passed in the West Bengal Assembly “I as the MLA, Darjeeling and Binoy Tamang as the Chairman, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration had written to the State Government suggesting amendments. We wanted the name to carry the identity of Darjeeling as Darjeeling is known globally as an education hub. Darjeeling in itself is a brand name,” said Amar Singh Rai, former MLA, Darjeeling. The Hills have welcomed the change in nomenclature to “Darjeeling Hill University.” “We thank the state government for the change in name,” Tamang said. He stated that with the change in nomenclature, the state government and the GTA will start construction at the area already earmarked in Jogighat, Mongpu. Till the construction is complete, the Vice-Chancellor, Registrar’s offices will be operating from the existing Tukdah Engineering College on a temporary basis. There are many government buildings vacant in Mongpu, these buildings will also be used for the University on a temporary basis. “Before the elections the process for selection of Vice-Chancellor for the university had begun. Three names have already been empanelled,” stated Tamang.last_img read more