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Double Greenhouse Sports Nomination at the Active Wandsworth Awards

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Coach Ashley Trodden (right) was nominated for the Coach of the Year award.

The Active Wandsworth Awards is an event that showcases the best sporting and fitness talent in Wandsworth. In an amazing result, both the U15 volleyball squad and their Greenhouse Sports coach Ashley Trodden from Ernest Bevin College have been nominated for Sports Team of the Year and Coach of the Year respectively.

Coach Trodden, who nominated the U15 team, says: “I feel hugely proud and happy that the volleyball team have a chance to celebrate and be recognized for their achievements on the volleyball court last season. They showed great commitment and desire during training and matches throughout the year.”

The U15 volleyball team have had a number of successes, notably winning gold at the U15s Volleyball England Inter-regional Championships and gold at the U15s Volleyball England National Championships last year.

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The U15 boys with their medals after winning the National Championships. 

In an interview with a  local paper after his team were crowned national champions, U15 Captain Christian Ioannou, 14, said: “We started slowly, but gradually we grew in confidence and really bonded. “Our momentum carried us from the semis to the final and we kept it together.” Ioannou, who was named most valuable player of the tournament, added: “It was so exciting to  win, everyone was just buzzing.”

Coach Trodden himself was nominated by his colleagues at Ernest Bevin College in Tooting, where he runs one of the two Greenhouse Sports volleyball programmes. He calls it “an honour to be personally nominated, especially within the Wandsworth borough which is so competitive and sports-mad with many passionate and selfless coaches”.

The Awards event is being held in early February and will be presented by Sky Sports news presenter David Garrido.