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The volunteer basketball coach has been recognised for his contribution to grassroots sport in his community, where he has dedicated over 40 years to helping young people

The overall 2012-13 Barclays Community Sports Award has been won by Manneh Elliott, a volunteer basketball coach of the Toxteth Tigers basketball team in Liverpool.

Elliott has been recognised for his contribution to grassroots sport in his community, where he has dedicated over 40 years to helping young people.

He has devoted his life to coaching, most recently in his role as Under-12s volunteer basketball coach for Toxteth Tigers.

Elliott also coaches basketball in schools in the local area as well as running week-long basketball clinics during the school holidays.
 
"I was overwhelmed to hear I was the winner of the February monthly award, so to have won the overall Barclays Community Sports Award is unbelievable," he enthused after receiving the prize.

"It's such a great honour to have our club recognised in this way and the prize money from the awards will help to secure the further development of the Toxteth Tigers – I can't wait to tell the kids!"
 
Former England international Gareth Southgate, who was head of the judging panel, said: "Manneh Elliot is a truly deserving winner of the Barclays Community Sports Award.

"His commitment to coaching and to developing young people's skills is to be greatly admired and he is an example of the fantastic volunteers up and down the country who are making a real difference to grassroots sport."

As the Barclays Community Sports Award winner, Manneh wins £5,000 for his club and a winner's trophy, which was presented to him by Southgate.
 
The Barclays Community Sports Awards are delivered in a partnership between Barclays Spaces for Sports, the Premier League's Creating Chances programme and the Football Foundation.

To nominate a person, group or organisation for the Barclays Community Sports Awards of the Month, simply visit www.barclayscommunitysportsaward.com

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