Berahino hands out honours at SCA awards
ALBION striker Saido Berahino was on hand to help Sporting Club Albion celebrate a year of success at The Hawthorns last night.
More than 300 players and representatives from the Girls’ Centre of Excellence, Ladies Football and Basketball teams filled the Richardson Suite for the landmark annual event.
And Berahino’s appearance was the icing on the cake as the England striker happily handed out awards and posed for photos with the lucky age group winners.
Individual trophies were given to the player’s player, coaches’ player and supporter’s player of the year for the girls/Ladies and - as is the tradition in basketball - Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards.
Sporting Club Albion is an integral part of The Albion Foundation and provides an opportunity for the local community to wear the colours of West Bromwich Albion in a range of sports including girl’s football, basketball and disability sport. The club has over 250 players and 20 teams.
Foundation director Rob Lake said: “It was fantastic to see such an excited crowd at another of our end-of-season awards nights.
“We really appreciate Saido taking time out to join us. Being on stage for the players to have their photo with him really made the night special for them.
“There is a great trust and respect between the coaches and I felt that was demonstrated with their speeches. I cannot speak highly enough of the group and all I can say is, bring on next season!”
The evening was climaxed by a presentation to this year’s Peter Rippington Award winner. The award is given in honour of Peter, a longstanding supporter of all levels of football, a loved teacher at Alvechurch School and father, who tragically lost his life in early 2012.
This went to Ami, Lisa and Lydia Bevan, who volunteer with the Ladies first team and supervise all matchday operations.