Annual Broxbourne Youth Awards 2018

Broxbourne Youth Awards celebrates the borough's brilliant young people and those who help them.

The 2018 awards ceremony took place at the Spotlight, Hoddesdon, on Friday 9 March 2018. 

You can click here to read a summary of the winners, or scroll down on this page for more information on the winners and sponsors.

The Broxbourne Youth Awards are organised by the Council’s Community Development Team with support from the Broxbourne Youth Council


Winners at Broxbourne Youth Awards 2018

Young People's Contribution to Culture
Sponsored by the Broxbourne-Sutera Twinning Association

Since attending the X Studio music project in Waltham Cross, 14-year-old Andrada Fistic has progressed from singing cover tracks to writing and producing her own music. At present she has written over 20 songs. Project staff with many years’ experience working in the music industry describe her as a natural talent which, combined with her professionalism, could lead her to achieve great things.





Young Carer of the Year
Sponsored by Marriott Hotels

Jointly won by:

15-year-old John Warner School pupil Sam Jamieson combines studying for his GCSEs with caring every day for his mother who has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome which affects the connective tissues in the body and causes fatigue. Sam supports his mother’s evening routine; for instance, running a bath for her, ensuring she takes her medication and providing emotional support.

Lila Moorcroft provides support to her younger sister who has Nager syndrome. This required major jaw surgery and a tracheostomy to help her breath. Lila acts as her sister’s alarm system if she is choking, especially at night as they share a room. Lila understands her sister’s communication and acts as her voice. She reminds her when she needs a feed, keeps her company and alerts adults when there are blockages. Staff at St Mary’s High School say that Lila never uses her sister’s condition as an excuse to avoid work or behave poorly.


Young Volunteer of the Year
Sponsored by Inland Homes

Millie Andrews has been volunteering at Mayhem Theatre Arts for five years and on average assists with eleven classes each week, even sacrificing some of her own lessons to ensure she could continue to volunteer. She is described as having a natural ability to lead and guide younger students. She is always first to help set up and last to leave after clearing up. Due to staff sickness, she gave up her school summer holidays to assist in the office and liaise between the cover tutors and the students.









Disability Youth Project of the Year
Sponsored by the Broxbourne-Sutera Twinning Association

Joint winners:

The CHIPS Teens Group meets monthly on Saturday afternoons and for whole days in the holidays. They provide supervised trips for teenagers aged 13-19 with special needs so to help them develop independence skills like using public transport or purchasing food. The trips also include fun activities like bowling, quasar and boating so to build up friendships between the young people.

Razed Roof is an inclusive performing arts group for people with or without learning difficulties and disabilities. They believe that performing arts provides opportunities to improve the quality of life for everyone. Although based at the Playhouse in Harlow, they have been working with the Robert Barclay Academy in Hoddesdon giving opportunities for students to work and perform alongside people with disabilities.



Special Achievement Award
Presented by Cllr Steve Wortley, Deputy Mayor of Broxbourne

Sarah Tweddell is the Head of Sixth Form at the Robert Barclay Academy in Hoddesdon. No less than 14 of her pupils nominated her for the Inspirational Teacher award but there was one common theme throughout all the nominations. Shortly before Christmas, a popular and well respected young man in the sixth form tragically died whilst the pupils were still shaken by the death of a fellow pupil from cancer in the summer. The nominations for Mrs Tweddell spoke of how she was always there for her pupils during these tough times, her kindness and compassion, her sacrifices for the benefit of her pupils, how she made the students feel safe again and her dedication to helping every students push themselves to gain the best grades possible. The students said that she deserves to be recognised.



Young People’s Contribution to the Environment
Sponsored by CEG

Under the leadership of Chris Lucas, the 1st Wormley Scouts work on a number of community and environmental projects including the creation of a bio-diversity area, planting and maintaining trees, creating a picnic space to encourage people to enjoy being outdoors and participating in community clean-up projects including cleaning rivers.









Youth Team Achievement of the Year
Sponsored by the Cheshunt Marriott Hotel

St Joseph’s Gaelic Football Club’s Under-14s team had a remarkable season reaching the final of the Hertfordshire County Cup, finishing second in the Hertfordshire League by one point and reaching the final of the All Britain Championship last July against teams across the UK. In all tournaments, the boys gave their best, fought hard and were gracious in defeat. Many of the team went on to represent Hertfordshire on tour in Ireland.





Young Sports Personality of the Year
Sponsored by Cheshunt Football Club

14 year old Dylan Tomkinson-Burden began canoeing in 2015 after being tested by the Team GB canoe slalom academy. He was promoted in Division One in both the kayak and canoe in 2017 with three consecutive wins in the latter making him the first in his group to be promoted. After further profiling and testing, he was one of just 16 selected for the Southern Super Regional Squad, again in both categories. Dylan trains eleven times per week. Dylan's sister collected the award.








The Dame Marion Roe Young Citizen Award
Presented by Charles Walker OBE MP

Lloyd Evans is a founding member of the Be Yourself Be Proud group which supports young people aged 13 to 17 who identify themselves as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans or Questioning. From the outset Lloyd was obviously very well-educated in LGBTQ issues and was a massive support for the YC Hertfordshire staff team who support the group. Lloyd has led on almost every project including a photography project depicting the lives of LGBTQ young people locally, a touring exhibition as part of LGBTQ awareness month, a presentation to the Broxbourne Youth Council and the development of a presentation for schools. The schools presentation addresses issues of coming out, offensive terms, discrimination and support for young people who may be coming out. Lloyd also made a huge impact at Herts Pride by attending the well-being tent and developing pamphlets to support trans young people with their experiences of transitioning. He is described as fantastic ambassador for LGBTQ young people in Broxbourne and an inspiration for those staff working with him.


Inspirational Teacher of the Year
Sponsored by Inland Homes

Matthew Briscoe from the John Warner School is described as not being your typical secondary school Physics teacher. His passion for the subject is infectious and makes science fun. He is very approachable and committed to his students, always believing in them. Pupils and colleagues both reference his passion for physical health demonstrated by completing 10 Tough Mudder events in Europe to raise money for Cancer Research, which in turn has inspired students to take on similar experiences.







Youth Project of the Year
Sponsored by Aldwyck Housing Group

The Fiesta Project is a project run by YC Hertfordshire for young people aged 13-17 who are experiencing issues with their emotional well-being and are looking for extra support. Young people can self-refer or other agencies can signpost them to Fiesta. The current cohort have worked hard and made progress with their emotional health, increased their life choices by abstaining from risky behaviours and prevented possible school exclusions.





Special Achievement Award
Presented by Cllr Mark Mills-Bishop, the Leader of Broxbourne Council and former World, Commonwealth and European Boxing Champion John Conteh.

Last September, three St Mary’s High School pupils Devonte Cafferkey-Wilson, Sami Farah and Shawn Young were returning home from school when they crossed over the A10. They saw a man sitting on the edge of the bridge with a rope around his neck, preparing to take his own life. 13 year old Devonte and 14 year old Sami ran to take hold of the man whilst 12 year old Shawn called for help. The boys held on to the man whilst the A10 was closed and emergency services attended, with the man eventually being taken to hospital. Their bravery was reported in both the local and national media.



Club of the Year
Sponsored by Cheshunt Football Club

Jointly won by Mayhem Theatre Arts and the Vallé Academy

35 nominations were received for Mayhem Theatre Arts from parents and young people alike. They spoke of the warm, friendly and encouraging atmosphere, the range of ages who attend (18 months upwards), the wide range of classes on offer and the dedication shown by the tutors resulting in fantastic exam results. Much was made of their scholarships to support those who are financially disadvantaged. Others spoke of opportunities to perform both locally but also at the Rugby World Cup, the London Stadium and the National Theatre. 

35 nominations were received for The Vallé Academy. Parents spoke of how their children grew in confidence and motivation to become successful, hard-working young people. A common phrase was that Vallé was like a family and that long lasting friendships are made. In 2017, Vallé put on three major productions, each with 140 children in each show whilst the Valle FX performance team appeared at many fetes and community events. Young people have graduated from Vallé to perform in the West End and to study at leading Performing Arts colleges.


Small Club of the Year
Sponsored by Cheshunt Football Club

A special Small Club of the Year award, new this year, was presented to The John Warner School Robotics Club, which gives young people the chance to excel at engineering. Although the age of the members ranges from 11 to 18, the older pupils mentor the younger students making the club one of the most successful in the country and has also competed overseas last year in the VEX Robotics World Championships. Locally they have taken robotics into primary schools and used it to engage local business leaders to work with young people through apprenticeships and work experience. It is also used to teach science, maths and design technology.




The Todd Waldock Young Entrepreneur Award
Todd Waldock was a pupil at Broxbourne Primary School competing in the Dragon’s Apprentice challenge when he tragically died in 2015. In Todd’s memory, the Todd Waldock Young Entrepreneur award has been established and was presented by Todd’s mother Mrs Linda Williams

Pierce Connolly discovered a love for business at the age of 13 and decided he wanted to set up his own business. He’s already achieved this and more by creating three companies. When he was 17, Pierce and a friend set up Zeus Technologies assembling and selling custom computers – they have recently shifted into small-scale research and development of new technologies. After Pierce bought a drone in 2016, he undertook a Commercial Drone Operator’s course so he could set up a licensed drone photography and videography company called PICO Media capturing photos and videos of property, land, events etc. A few weeks ago, Pierce set up California Republic Apparel – an online store selling T-shirts which Pierce designs based on landmarks and symbols of California.

Pierce is also an actor, involved with the Vallé Academy, and for much of last year was a radio presenter with Cheshunt Radio.



Youth Worker of the Year Award

Sponsored by Aldwyck Housing Group
Of the 58 nominations received online in this category, 44 were for Madeline Stoller from the Stoller School of Dance. Parents of children spoke of her ability to inspire passion and respect in her pupils, giving them the confidence and courage to push their own limits and strive to improve their skills. She has time and commitment for all students no matter what level they are at. Young people commented on the respect they have for her and how much they enjoyed and loved her classes.





Young Person's Achievement Award
Sponsored by CEG and presented by John Conteh

Harry Herbert was diagnosed with autism at the age of five. He also had poor motor skills and needed a special push chair. He joined Special Olympics whose athletics club helped strengthen his legs. Six years ago a Special Olympics basketball club was formed which Harry joined and he is now an assistant coach. He has been selected to represent Great Britain at basketball at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi in 2019 and the family are busy seeking the £2,500 funding to enable Harry to attend.




Lifetime Achievement award
Presented by the Leader of Broxbourne Borough Council – Councillor Mark Mills-Bishop

Sally Pringle left the John Warner School in December after 16 years. She originally joined the school as a member of the finance office but her hard work and talent led to her rapid promotion to School Bursar and for the last five years she served as Director of Finance and Resources.

In her role Sally has faced many challenges not only the increasing size and complexity of the school but also the ever increasing demands of central and local government. She has displayed a great talent for financial management.

In addition to her finance role, Sally was central to the rebuilding of the school which has seen the construction of 48 classrooms in five separate blocks.  This building programme has been achieved without one single day of school being lost and all of the project has been brought in within budget and on time. 

Not least among Sally’s achievements was working in partnership with the Borough of Broxbourne to facilitate the running of the John Warner Sports Centre which over the years, and in cooperation with the Council, has become a major community resource. Sally made sure that there was cooperation to smooth the running of the centre over many years.

In the last two years of her time at the school she has also met the challenges of the new Multi Academy Trust structure and has integrated the three schools with great skill and determination.


The 2018 Broxbourne Youth Awards were sponsored by:

Aldwyck Housing Association, Broxbourne Sutera Twinning Association, CEG, Cheshunt Football Club,

Inland Homes and Marriott Hotels



Aldwyck Housing Group is a housing association with over 11,000 homes across Hertforshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire. Aldwyck provides specialist support to younger and older residents as well as those with a range of care needs. The Community Involvement team aims to provide on the ground support to Aldwyck residents, ensuring their voice is fully represented across the organisation. They also look to provide local communities with a safe and enjoyable environment to live in.

The Broxbourne-Sutera Twinning Association. Many residents of the Borough have links with the Sicilian town of Sutera. They were officially twinned in 2000. The Twinning Association holds events every year to raise money to improve links with Sutera, enabling residents to visit Sicily.

CEG don’t just build bricks and mortar. They build communities. They make space for lives to flourish, for neighbourhoods to grow and for businesses to develop. They build the amenities that turn an area from somewhere many people simply live, into a vibrant neighbourhood. They give people a place to start their stories – or to continue them. They’re not just property developers, they’re place makers.

Cheshunt FC is the most successful football club in the Borough of Broxbourne, playing at step four of the non-league pyramid, with aspirations of reaching the national league. Community is at the heart of Cheshunt Football Club. Our passion is grassroots football, and our volunteers, coaches and staff help cater for every aspect of football development in a fun and safe environment. We are able to deliver a variety of football, education and social awareness programmes, which, alongside our community events, work experience placements and links with other community organisations, means the club is reaching out to more and more people in the community. We live by our motto ‘One Community. One Club.’

Inland Homes is an established land regeneration business, focused on developing sites in southern England for residential and mixed use projects. Inland Homes is devoted to providing high quality residential and mixed used developments. Through our activities as a brownfield regeneration specialist or as a self-delivering housebuilder, we are passionate about our sites.  Inland Homes is an established land regeneration business, focused on developing sites in southern England for residential and mixed use projects.  We are currently leading the master planning of Cheshunt Lakeside, a mixed use development that will bring significant economic and social benefits to Cheshunt and the wider Broxbourne area.

Marriott Hotels is a leading global lodging company with more than 6,000 properties in 122 countries and territories. Founded by J. Willard and Alice Marriott and guided by family leadership for nearly 90 years, the company is headquartered outside of Washington, D.C. in Bethesda, Maryland. Locally there are Marriott Hotels in Cheshunt and Waltham Abbey.