Connor Hyde, won the Lord’s Taverners Inspire Award at the Sport Gives Back Awards on Thursday (7th March). He was recognised for his inspiring work with the Super 1s disability cricket programme in Somerset. Connor received his award from England world cup winner and Ashes hero Chris Woakes.

Pictured Left to right:<br />Chris Woakes, Mandy Purchase (Connors Mum), Connor Hyde &amp; Emily Vickery (Somerset Cricket Foundations Disability Participation Officer)

Pictured Left to right:
Chris Woakes, Mandy Purchase (Connors Mum), Connor Hyde & Emily Vickery (Somerset Cricket Foundations Disability Participation Officer)

The Lord’s Taverners, one of the UK’s leading youth sports and disability charities, runs Super 1’s, a disability cricket programme which provides opportunities for disabled young people aged 12 – 25. Connor initially attended Super 1’s sessions as a player, but after a few months and with his confidence boosted, he began leading warmups and gaining transferable skills in cricket coaching. He then began coaching cricket at his local club, working at a local gym and delivering on the Somerset Cricket Foundation’s Walking Cricket initiative for over 50s.

Connor Hyde sits in a crowd, looking up to the stage which is out of shot. He is dressed smartly and has a Lord's Taverners badge on the jacket of his grey check suit.

Connor said: “It felt really good to win the award, it made me feel proud to have achieved this. I was surprised but so happy! The evening was amazing, I enjoyed meeting all the sports celebrities – I got to chat to Mo Farah, I challenged him to a race but he said he’s retired and that I would probably beat him! I shared jokes with Daliso Chaponda and spent a lot of time with Chris Woakes talking cricket. I had met him before and it was great to catch up with him again. He told me the tips I gave him last time worked!

It was like meeting up with a friend – he really took interest in what I had been doing.”

Connor Hyde pictured with cricket legend Chris Woakes with his award. They are stood infront of PR boards with 'ITV' 'The cooperative bank' and 'sports gives back' on it.

 

“Connor’s attitude and achievements are truly inspiring, not just for his peers, but for all of us,” explained Lord’s Taverners CEO Mark Curtin. “Super 1s plays a vital role in empowering young people to overcome the inequalities they face, to give back and inspire the next generation of young people – and Connor is the embodiment of that. He is a fantastic role model for everyone on the programme – supporting them to build confidence, self-esteem and social skills they need to reach their potential.”

Steve Gass, Community Programmes Manager at Somerset Cricket Foundation said: “Connor’s award is no accident or a surprise to those that know him.  He is an excellent role model, as he epitomises the values of hard work, dedication, and operating outside of your comfort zone. He deserves his recognition as he is brilliant advert for sport and disability sport. Connor’s attitude is about moving forward and continuing to strive for your goals. Connor has certainly done this and excelled at many of his objectives.

Connor Hyde stood on stage with Chris Woakes and the awards host. Connor holds a microphone and his award in his hands, answering questions.

Connor said: “At Super 1’s, we get to show people no matter how hard it is, or the other challenges we face, we can still accomplish great things. We can play sports at high levels – disabilities should not be a barrier. But be prepared to have fun, make new friends and be part of a team that turns into a supportive family – that’s what Super 1’s is all about.”

You can catch the awards ceremony in full on ITV on Sunday 24 March.