Youth Achievement Awards

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OK, we have all heard about the TV Awards and the Grammys.

But on Wednesday 3rd of November in the Muni, Pontypridd was the Youth Achievement Awards.

It was a chance to celebrate what the Youth Services offer young people from youth exchange to street based youth work and many more.

It was the second Annual Services for Young People Youth Achievement Awards.

This was the chance to celebrate what young people to do good in their community and to pick up their well-deserved awards for what they have done in the community instead of all the negative publicity young people have!

The awards up for grabs were the;

Shining Star Award which went to Luke Belmont. The award was in recognition of a young person who had overcome difficulties and adversity to take part in activities.

Outstanding Sporting Award went to our very own Pontypridd RFC fly half Dean Gunter. The award was in recognition of a sporting achievement.

Outstanding Project Award was in recognition of clubs and associations that have completed an outstanding project and the project winners were the Youth Inspectors who inspect all youth work.

Susan Richards Memorial Award, this award was in memory of a former exemplary youth worker and the winner of this award was James Hall for all of his hard work.

Susan Davies Memorial Award, this award was in memory of a former exemplary youth worker and this award was in recognition of a young person’s outstanding contribution to their club or centre across RCT and picking up this award was Kirsty Atkins.

Youth Ambassador Award went to Bethan John in recognition for her representation of the voices of young people in her community.

Creative Arts & Culture Award went to Darrian Rees who has shown a flair for creative arts and culture.

Environment Award went to Tonyrefail Comp Eco Committee for their participation in an environmental project.

Thank Sam Award was in recognition to a youth worker in RCT who always goes above and beyond their call of duty. This award was nominated by young people to say thanks for all they have done for them. The award went to Ashley Trow.

Finally was the International Achievement Award. This award was for the young people who took part in a youth exchange to Poland, picking up their well-deserved awards were Harriet, Costello, Jessica Nelson, Lloyd Owen, Joshua Price, Darrian Rees, Catrin Davies, Stephen Bees, Leon Jones, Anthony Davies and Michael Brown.

Louise Cook, Head of Services for Young People said in her speech “the Youth Achievement Awards celebrate and champion the fantastic achievements of the young people engaging with youth services all across Rhondda Cynon Taff.”

Not only was it the Youth Achievement Awards but we had a chance to officially launch the website. The launch included videos a presentation from the editorial team, a performance from Take Part Performance Crew and a performance from our very own X Factor star Tom Richards.

On behalf of the editorial team we would like to say a massive congratulations to each and every one who took part in the awards, keep up the good work and can’t wait till the next one!


1 thought on “Youth Achievement Awards”

  1. WICIDeditor says:


    The awards were judged by a group of young people and various special guests, including the Director of Street care, who judged and presented the Environment Award, Cllr Hanagan who judged and presented the Youth Ambassador Award and various youth workers.

    The judging process, took many hours and was not an easy task for the young people or the special guests due to the fantastic work of all young people in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

    Well Done and Congratulations to all those that were shortlisted!! it really was a fantastic night and showed off the amazing talent in RCT!!!

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