Sheffield Springs Academy’s Lacie Dodsworth was rewarded for her sporting prowess when she took a top accolade at Sheffield Federation for School Sports’s (SFSS) annual awards.
A Year 10 student at the Hurlfield Road based school, Lacie’s sporting journey began in Year 7 when she joined the academy’s girls’ football team, having played with Sheffield United‘s under 10s. She quickly became team captain and was encouraged by the academy to look at other sports when the football season ended, including netball, rounders, athletics and trampolining – all of which are supported by the SFSS.
As she progressed through the year groups, Lacie took to supporting her fellow students, coaching the Year 7 football team when she was in Year 9, as well as refereeing fixtures in the SFSS leagues and city tournaments and taking a leading role in greeting schools and organising teams when the academy hosted the U12 SFSS girl’s football fixtures.
Now in Year 10, Lacie encourages other Year 10s to support the events and has also played a prominent role in supporting the academy’s feeder primary schools with their SFSS events across a range of sports, volunteering to help those taking part or acting as an official at competitions.
Outside of school, she continues to play for Sheffield United’s Community Foundation, has coached youngsters at this year’s summer camps and even managed to find the time to successfully complete an FA coaching qualification.
And on Monday night (3rd December), Lacie’s dedication and commitment were rewarded when she was presented with a Special Achievement Award at the SFSS’s Annual Awards night, held at Sheffield Town Hall.
During the event, Lacie was recognised not only for her participation in a range of SFSS sports, but also for the commitment she has shown to PE and leadership skills, especially in supporting younger Sheffield Springs students and primary pupils.
Commenting on the award, Lacie’s mum, Donna, said:
“We want to say thank you to all involved. It was so nice to see Lacie and Sheffield Springs Academy win the special award, particularly considering the other schools that they were up against.”
Sheffield Springs Academy’s Head of School Mark Shipman added:
“We’re incredibly pleased that SFSS has chosen to recognise Lacie’s sporting contribution in this way. She is an absolute credit to herself and the school and has made a major contribution to our sporting programme, both within the academy and in her work with our feeder primaries and other local sporting organisations.”