Nottingham Panthers fans celebrate after council’s club of the year award

ICE CREAM -- Nottingham Panthers ice hockey team, who were named professional club of the year, pictured in action.
ICE CREAM -- Nottingham Panthers ice hockey team, who were named professional club of the year, pictured in action.

Hundreds of Nottingham Panthers supporters in the Hucknall and Bulwell area are celebrating after the club landed a prestigious award.

The ice hockey giants were named professional club of the year in the end-of-year Nottingham City Council sports awards, sponsored by Speedo.

The awards, which are in their fifth year, recognise a wealth of talent and dedication to sport from local sporting heroes based in the city, incloding the Bulwell, Bestwood and Basford districts.

And Panthers were honoured for their continued success in a year that saw them lift the Challenge Cup for the fifth consecutive time, beating league champions Belfast Giants in the final.

The awards, which were split into 15 categories, were announced at a special ceremony by BBC 5 Live presenter Darren Fletcher.

The sportsperson of the year accolade went to 23-year-old rower Grace Clough, who won gold medals at both the world cup and world championships in 2014.

The junior sportsperson of the year award went to swimmer Rosie Rudin, while Nottingham Rowing Club picked up both the team of the year and the amateur club of the year honours.

Improved club of the year was the Forest Bows And Arrows Netball Club, of Nottingham, and sporting school of the year was Fernwood, also of Nottingham.

An award for volunteer of the year was handed to Jason Ramage, of the Sycamore table tennis club. The junior version went to Kacey Scrimshaw and Morgan Viles.

Community coach of the year was Ruth Pickthorn (netball), performance coach of the year was Mel Berry (cycling), junior team of the year was the Nottingham Icicles under-tens’ synchronised skating team and voluntary community group of the year was Sneinton Bikers (cycling).