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Club of the Year

Club of the Year were Derbyshire Dales' PEAKSUP.

Emerging triumphant as Club of the Year, Peak Stand Up Paddle Boarding (PEAKSUP), based at Carsington Water in the Derbyshire Dales, has helped make the sport one of the fastest growing in the country, expanding from three initial members to 35 inside 12 months.

That was enough to deny Glossop North End Juniors AFC a third county award win in a row, where the High Peak club has seen player numbers have grown from 280 in 2013 to 415 this past season, and the City of Derby's Darkstar Volleyball Club, which is expanding rapidly and scored a 98 per cent satisfaction rate in a survey.

"We weren't expecting to win this award, but it's amazing," said PEAKSUP vice-chairman and club safety officer Dave Duncker-Brown. "We were up against such established clubs involved in established sport, so for a little niche club we set up to win this in our first proper year is incredible.

"I would like to think the judges were impressed by how quickly we have grown and because of how inclusive we are. We focus on all ages and genders and it's not just about elite performance, but having fun and having time to yourself.

"The club is entirely based on volunteers and they are passionate about what they do. We enjoy being active and hopefully we can contribute to Derbyshire Sport's aim (of getting 50,000 people living more active lives by 2021)."

Glossop saw the number of players at the club grow from 280 in 2013 to 415 this past season, with the club having plans to move to their own purpose-built facility in the new future.

Chairman Dave Rowlinson said: "We're a little bit disappointed, but we're so proud we won the High Peak Awards last week and sometimes you have to acknowledge those you're up against, with PEAKSUP having put together a fantastic club for a new sport,"

"The last three years have been phenomenal for us, with the number of players and coaches coming through. We're striving to be the best club in the North-West, Derbyshire and the East Midlands, and we are getting there.

"The enthusiasm and drive of the coaches rub off on the players and the players have been fantastically supported by their parents. We want the club to be at the heart of the community and everything that goes off in the town."