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OL in running for a Leeds Sports Award

Monday 21 January 2019

Steve Boothroyd (OL73) has been shortlisted for a prestigious Leeds Sports Award in the special contribution category.

The retired headteacher is in the running for the Service to PE and School Sport Award in recognition of his dedication to school sport.

Steve has devoted his life to coaching sports, particularly rugby league (RL), but also cricket, football, athletics and hockey. His coaching career began in rugby union, when, as a sixth former at Leeds Grammar School, he coached the Nevile House middle school team to an unexpected victory over Sheafield in the house final!

Throughout his teaching career he coached teams in his own schools as well as Leeds and Yorkshire representative sides at U13. During this time he coached future Super League stars like Danny McGuire, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Chev Walker and Andy Lynch. In 1994 he refereed the Cup Final curtain-raiser at Wembley and also the U16 international in France. He has also held a number of administrative roles, such as English Schools’ RL chairman and Yorkshire Schools’ RL treasurer.

Since his retirement as headteacher of Adel Primary School in 2014, Steve’s main involvement in the sport is as secretary of Leeds & Hunslet Schools’ RL and as English Schools’ representative on the Rugby Football League Council – although he can occasionally still be seen refereeing at primary school level!

He said: “I am really honoured and proud to have been shortlisted for a Leeds Sports Award.”

The awards will be presented at a gala dinner at the First Direct Arena on 28 February.

Photo courtesy of Leeds Rhinos

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