Top marks for Heathfield young leader

Evie pictured with Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor, East Sussex Divisional Commander

Evie pictured with Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor, East Sussex Divisional Commander

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Evie Rowe has headed straight to the top of the class.

Evie is a year 13 student at Heathfield Community College and she’s just been crowned winner of the Spark Senior Volunteer of the Year Award.

Spark is the name of the East Sussex Council Voluntary Youth Services scheme, now a registered charity, and a network for young people’s organisations.

Evie was nominated for this award by PE teacher and Heathfield Panthers’ Netball Club secretary Maxine Cobbold for her outstanding contribution to the club and wider community over the last four years.

Evie has always been fully involved, as a young leader or an official, in various primary school community sporting events.

Whilst in Year 10 and in the lead-up to the London 2012 Olympics, she was a Sports Ambassador (YST) for Heathfield Community College in the area.

She has always been willing to volunteer and help others and, in particular, to give back to the sport that she loves being involved in as a player herself. Maxine said: “She has freely and generously given her time for two hours a week, being a young leader at the Heathfield Panthers Junior Netball Club training sessions for both the U14 and U11 training age groups.

“She is now going into her third year of assisting the club coach at the sessions as a young leader and coach.”

In order to continue to develop her leadership and coaching skills, Evie has also completed the Level 1 Sports Award whilst at college and has since been on an OCN Level 2 Leadership Training course.

College spokeswoman Chris Vigor said: “Evie is a fantastic role model both to and within the wider community. We are very proud of her.”