Barclays PR Shoot 12/03/2013Toxteth Tigers coach Manneh Elliott has been recognised for his contribution to basketball and his dedication to youth development  by winning The Barclays Community Sports Award for February.

Elliot, who coaches the U12s development group three times a week, also has a role at the club which extends beyond being a coach, acting as a role model to the young people he coaches within the culturally diverse community where the club is based.

Manneh also coaches basketball in schools in the local area as well as running week-long basketball clinics during the school holidays. Education and personal development are central to Manneh’s coaching philosophy and over the past 40 years of coaching he has helped several players achieve basketball scholarships to colleges in the USA.

“To be recognised and rewarded for doing what I enjoy is such an honour,” he said.

Elliott helps numerous youngsters

Elliott helps numerous youngsters

“To me it’s not just about the winning, it’s the engagement we get from the children and watching them grow as people and players. Here at Toxteth Tigers we aim to increase the number of young people involved in sport – empowering them and their community.”

Former England international footballer Gareth Southgate, head of the judging panel, said: “It is inspiring to see someone who has dedicated so much of their time to sports development and Manneh is a role model in this field.

“His enthusiasm and tireless energy, and his longstanding commitment to Toxteth Tigers Basketball Programme is to be greatly admired.”

Each monthly winner receives £1,000 for their group or organisation, half of which will be spent on skills-based qualifications for members. The winner also receives a limited edition trophy and is entered into the end of season award to win a further £5,000, donated by Barclays Spaces for Sports.

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