Sussex Sports Awards 2018 Update

Friday the 23rd November saw the HoundDogs representatives attend the Sussex Sports Awards at the Brighton Grand Hotel. The evening was hosted by BBC’s Sussex’s Danny Pike with guest speaker being the legendary Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards.

The HoundDogs were up for the ClubMark award

Claire Boorer collecting  the ClubMark Award

along with Chairman Luke Boorer being shortlisted for Volunteer of the Year for the 2nd year running.

With Chairman Luke Boorer in Sri Lanka cheering on England Cricket with the Barmy Army, the evening was attended by his wife Claire. Hellingly HoundDogs were awarded the 2018 ClubMark Award, but unfortunately Luke did not win Volunteer of the Year with the winner being Eric Douglin, from Bexhill Basketball who was shortlisted last year along with Luke.

However, the club would like to thank all those at Active Sussex for their hard work on putting on the evening along with a special mention to anthony Statham who helped the club with the whole ClubMark process. The club would also like to congratulate all the other nominees for their continuing fantastic work that they work so hard on to make Sussex such a sport friendly community.

Coaches wanted

With an ever expanding number of teams withinSlide1 the HoundDogs organisation, we are looking to recruit new coaches to work alongside our existing coaches. In return for one to two hours a week coaching flag and/or contact football we can offer help obtaining coaching qualifications. All applicants will need, funded by the club, to obtain a DBS check, along with a sitting safeguarding course. For more details please message us through social media or email us on

Chairman up for Award

Wednesday the 31st of October saw Active Sussex release the shortlist for the annual sussex sports awardsSussex Sports Awards 2018 to be held at the Grand Hotel on Brighton seafront on Friday the 23rd of November.

Earlier the previous week, our Chairman, Luke Boorer received notice that he had been nominated for the Sports Awards in the category of Volunteer of the Year. Wednesday saw Luke receive an email from Active Sussex to inform his of the judges decision to shortlist Luke along with Eric Douglin from Bexhill Giants Basketball and Heidi Emery from Eastbourne Borough Walking Football Club.

Luke Boorer winning Volunteer of the Year at Sussex Sports Awards 2017

Luke, who is Chairman and was the founder of Hellingly HoundDogs won the same category in 2017 Sussex sports Award added “Its a real honor to be nominated, let along short listed. It was a real high for me in 2017 and just as bigger honor this year too. However, I would like to thank the whole Committee at the HoundDogs who help out behind the scenes as well as my wife who has to put up with me talking about football and the HoundDogs pretty much all the time! I love helping out the HoundDogs and seeing the smiles on the players faces as they represent the club. I wish all the other nominees the best of luck across all the categories and hope everyone has a fantastic evening”.

The HoundDogs had already been invited to the Sports Awards to collect their ClubMark certificate from Active Sussex.

HoundDogs take part in joint training

Sunday the 7th of October saw 15 players from the Hounddogs Youth team join up with teams from Kent Phoenix and East Kent Mavericks in a joint training exercise arranged by SEYAF. There were almost 50 players from the 3 teams, along with 8 coaches all working together to improving American Football in the South East of England.

The players were split into their positional groups and coaches from all three teams were assigned different groups to work with on fundamentals and skills. The HoundDogs were then joined by the Kent Phoenix to take part in a scrimmage against the Mavericks.

All players took part in the scrimmage which gave some of the newer players from each squad a lot of valuable game time.

All players gained a lot from the day and it’s something that the teams and SEYAF are planning to do on a more regular occasion.

HoundDogs Receive Award

tweetHellingly Hounddogs Youth American Football club is pleased to announce that the club has been awarded the accreditation of ClubMark,   a universally acknowledged accreditation scheme for community sports clubs run by Active Sussex under a licensed from Sport England to award this status to sports clubs.

HoundDogs Chairman, Luke Boorer added “The club are extremely proud to be part of the ClubMark scheme. It represents the club’s commitment to offer the Youth of East Sussex the best possible chance to play and train within our sport, in a safe environment. I would like to thank the whole Committee who jumped at the opportunity to work towards this award for the club, and really got on board with the enthusiasm that I have come expect from our Committee. We would also like to thank Anthony Statham from Active Sussex who has guided us, and offered his help throughout the process of the ClubMark application process. “

Anthony Statham, Active Sussex’s active sussexStrategic Relationship Manager, said he was impressed with the commitment and development of the local American Football outfit.

“Active Sussex was delighted to support Hellingly Hound Dogs through the Clubmark process. They have demonstrated a real commitment to developing their club and delivering high quality opportunities for people in their community.”