Alison Howard, Rounders England Chief Executive Officer, has been chosen as the recipient of one of two Emeritus Awards by the Sport and Recreation Alliance (SRA).
The Emeritus award was presented in recognition of the outstanding contribution that Alison has made over the years to the sport of Rounders. The SRA President, HRH Prince Edward The Earl of Wessex, presented the award to Alison at the SRA Annual General Meeting.
Alison has been involved in sport, especially Rounders, for all of her adult life. Alongside representing her country and captaining England, Alison became volunteer Treasurer for the governing body in her early 20’s, and continued this role for 19 years. In 1999, Alison became Rounders England’s first ever employee. Her professional experience, combined with her knowledge of the volunteer sports sector, enabled her to lead the growth of the organisation into its current form.
The SRA provide advice, support and guidance to traditional governing bodies. As the voice of the sector, they work with the Government, policy makers and the media to make sure grassroots sport and recreation grows and thrives. The SRA present awards annually to celebrate and show appreciation to individuals and organisations who are delivering great opportunities for people to get physically active. The Emeritus Award, which has been in existence for over a decade, is awarded to an individual for their life-long or sustained service to grassroots sport and recreation. Previous winners include Jenny Fromer, joint-CEO at BaseballSoftball UK and Mike Hamilton, Chief Executive of British Orienteering.
After receiving notification of her award, Alison said:
“I am honoured to accept the 2018 Emeritus Award from the SRA.
I am fortunate to have been involved in sport, and especially Rounders, for all of my adult life. I have seen the impact that Rounders has on people’s lives: making lifelong friends and even a few marriages, providing a support network, personal development and personal challenge, a means of getting more active or back into sport, personal wellbeing, being part of a team, a sense of independence, and above all, an opportunity to have fun!
Rounders is especially grateful to the SRA, who provided vital support in our journey to become a recognised governing body with exceptional governance standards. Today, the Alliance continues to provide independent leadership and support to the sector.”