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Team Sunderland celebrate success at annual Sports Ball

Men’s Rugby collecting their award for Club of the Year


Team Sunderland celebrated the achievements of their clubs and individuals at the annual Team Sunderland Sports Ball at Ramside Hall.

Men’s Rugby were the big winners of the evening, picking up three awards while British U20 weightlifting champion Josh Hutton picked up his second successive Sports Person of the Year trophy.

Over 250 students and staff made their way to Ramside Hall to celebrate the end of the 2023-24 season.

Many students were recognised for their contributions to their clubs in the form of Club Colours.

Netball were awarded Committee of the Year for their commitment to their club members throughout the season.

Dance picked up Most Improved Team after returning to competition in 2023-24 with a successful campaign.

The Special Recognition Award went to Men’s Basketball 2nd’s who won their BUCS division to cap off a fantastic season.

The Unsung Hero award was presented to Lewis Sutcliffe of Men’s Football for his contribution to his club and going above and beyond with coaching work and commitment to Team Sunderland’s Community Outreach Programme.

SportsByte awarded their Reporter of the Year award to Finlay Anderson.

Josh Hutton (right) collecting his Sports Person of the Year Trophy

This year’s Ainsley Charles Award for Most Improved Individual went to Arya Ashrafian Kaffash of Men’s Football who had been commended for his development by his coaches and teammates.

Meredith Brady, President of Esports, was awarded The Individual Who Achieved the Most for Their Club for her outstanding commitment to her club.

Men’s Rugby’s successful season saw them awarded Performance of the Year for their Northern Conference Shield victory and the Peter Fidler Award for Team of the Year.

Their coach Graeme Edmundson was also recognised for his successful debut campaign by winning Coach of the Year.

Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell chose Esports as his Charity Club of the Year for the money they raised for various causes throughout the year.

Team Sunderland Elite Athlete Josh Hutton picked up Sports Person of the Year for the second year running after another amazing year that saw him break British U20 records, represent England for the first time and win silver at the BUCS championships.

The final award of the night saw Sir David Bell select Women’s Futsal as his Club of the Year as a result of their sensational season which saw them win the BUCS league & cup double.

Full albums from the night are available on the Team Sunderland Facebook page.