Recognition Beckons for Young Achievers

By Craig Burgess:

The Ladies First Professional Development Network will be returning to Nailcote Hall in October to stage their 2nd Annual Awards Night to recognise the achievements of Women in Business throughout Warwickshire and the West Midlands.

Pictured: The 2017 Ladies First Awards Night at Nailcote Hall [Images by Linda Scannell Photography]
Whilst the nominations process for the Senior Awards is now closed, the Young Achiever Awards are still open for nominations and the team at Ladies First is keen to receive news of any deserving cases.

“Our aim is to introduce, inform and inspire women of all ages across Warwickshire and West Midlands,” explained Ladies First Co-Founder Tracey McAtamney before discussing the Awards:

“On 18th October, we are holding our second Business Awards recognising the achievements of women at the fabulous Nailcote Hall.”

“We would be grateful to anyone that’s able to nominate any young talent they feel stands out from the crowd and deserve any of our Young Achievers Awards.”

This is a fantastic opportunity for young talent to rub shoulders with some of the most successful businesswomen in the Region at a famously fun celebration of Women’s success at Nailcote Hall’s famous Marquee.

Nominations are being sought for three categories as follows:

The Young Achiever Award Sponsored by Hills and Co Accountants

This Award is to recognise someone within full-time Education, whether studying at School, College or University.  This young lady is a ‘Rising Star’ recognised by their Educational Establishment for their hardworking and determination to succeed and is someone who has a bright future ahead and deserves to be recognised.

2017 Winner Nicola Gierzak [Images by Linda Scannell Photography]
Since winning Last year’s Young Achiever Award, Nicola Gierzak, from President Kennedy School gave a presentation at her school which was attended by Lloyds Bank. As a result, the bank offered her an apprenticeship where she is now in full-time employment. The school believe her experience of taking part and winning in the Awards gave her the confidence to succeed.

Inspirational Young Achiever Sponsored by Positive Fitness UK

A young person who is succeeding despite adversity.

Adele won this Award in 2017. She is a young lady who was born with chronic illness.  She has spent most of her life in and out of hospital.

Adele:  The 2017 Inspirational Young Achiever Award Winner [Images by Linda Scannell Photography]
Despite the challenges her condition has thrown at her, she has succeeded in getting a business degree and becoming a Mother, against all odds.

Her challenges have not ceased.  Since last year’s Awards Night Adele has required a life-saving operation and spent three months in intensive care.  All the while, she kept her trophy at her side.   She continues to inspire to this day and is already thinking ahead. Tracey says:

“I am meeting with her next week because she wants to organise a charity ball and I have offered to support her.”

What an inspiration!

The Young Achiever in Science and Technology Award Sponsored by Primary Goal

New for 2018, this Award has been created to recognise a student who excels in (STEM) Science and Technology.

Award Nominations

All nominations for Young Achiever Awards should be received by
Monday 1st October 2018.  Email your nominations for the attention of:

Any student chosen as a finalist will be asked to attend a short interview and will each receive a free ticket to the awards dinner.

Note: Parental permission is required for Under 18s.

Ladies First Awards Night: Thursday 18th October 2018

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This is a fabulous night out complete with Champagne Reception, 3 Course Meal and great networking opportunities.

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Ladies First Network Founders Tracey McAtamney (left) and Julie Richards (Images by Linda Scannell Photography]

Jessica Lee wins place at prestigious London Dance School

Jessica Lee CSB
17 year old ex-Heart of England student Jessica Lee has been accepted for professional dance training at one of Europe’s premier schools for dance training and education, Central School of Ballet (CSB) in London which in 2013 celebrated its 30th anniversary.

Jessica has been dancing since she was four years old. She recently completed her first term at CSB, one of only 39 pupils accepted for a place on this three year degree course, a BA (Hons) in Professional Dance and Performance (accredited by the University of Kent). CSB is the only dance school in the UK to offer this unique qualification. Jessica was selected from 400 applicants who applied to CSB last year.

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Tennis: League award for Berkswell’s Harry Malone

Berkswell Tennis Club's Harry Malone collects league award

Report by Lucie Ray-Barrett


Berkswell & Balsall Common Tennis Club’s Harry Malone has received the Men’s ‘Player of the Season’ 2012 title from The Coventry and District Lawn Tennis League.


The Committee selected Harry for captaining Berkswell’s second team to promotion – an amazing achievement at just 17 years old. He was presented with the award at the League AGM earlier this month.


Jon Baber, Men’s Captain at the long-established club in Meeting House Lane, Balsall Common said:

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