Well-deserved TTE award for our volunteers Rachel and Phil
It’s national Volunteer’s Week and we would like to extend congratulations and thanks to our award-winning volunteers Rachel Kashi and Phil Walker, who both volunteer on our table tennis programme at Raine’s Foundation School. Rachel won Table Tennis England’s Adult Coach 2015 award and Phil took the runner-up award in the same category! Phil also won Greenhouse Sports’ Volunteer of the Year award. The Raine’s team are thrilled to have such dedicated volunteers and really appreciate the support.
Read more about why Rachel and Phil were chosen as award winners below:
Winner Adult Coach 2015 – Rachel Kashi
Rachel is an extremely talented table tennis coach and Greenhouse Sports are delighted that she spends a whole day with the Raines Foundation Table Tennis programme each week. Rachel volunteers her time to the programme every Wednesday from 9am to 5pm and in that time she makes a huge difference. She is such a motivated individual and one of Greenhouse hardest working volunteers. She is always reliable and strives to get the best coaching sessions possible.
All the young people enjoy her sessions. By successfully engaging with them she not only improves their table tennis skills and techniques she also has the opportunity to mentor them. This is where Rachel’s reliability, week in week out, is so effective as the young people can always look forward to their sessions with her.
Greenhouse Sports know they are extremely lucky to have Rachel as part of their coaching team for the last seven months and recognise her outstanding dedication and commitment to volunteering.
Runner-up Adult Coach 2015 – Phil Walker
Greenhouse Sports really values the ongoing support Phil provides each and every week since joining as a volunteer in January 2014. He is involved with the Raine’s Foundation table tennis programme and associated community club. He coaches the young people during session time, after school and holiday camps and assists with the mentoring of them both on and off the table. Part of the ethos of Greenhouse is to develop the whole person and Phil excels at this, building good strong relationships with all of the young people he coaches.
In 2014, Greenhouse Sports launched the STEP programme (social, thinking, emotional and physical skills) Phil was an integral part of the launch at Earls Court helping with the set up and the launch itself. Over 100 young people took part in the event. Philip has also shown commitment to his own development attending all Greenhouse training courses and also is in the process of completing his UKCC Level 2 award.
In the year he has been with Greenhouse, Philip has become a well-respected member of the team and the organisation recognise that without the dedication and commitment of people like Phil, Greenhouse Sports would not be the success it is.