Pride in Elland: Phoebe is most improved at sport

Rising star: deputy headteacher John Sacha, Phoebe Walsh, seven, and coach Craig Ackroyd.

Rising star: deputy headteacher John Sacha, Phoebe Walsh, seven, and coach Craig Ackroyd.

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A promising school girl has been honoured with a special sports award.

Seven-year-old Phoebe Walsh, of St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School in Elland, was awarded the Nigel Johnston memorial trophy for being the most improved sports person by school sports coach Craig Ackroyd.

Mr Ackroyd, who coaches 610 children across Calderdale and Leeds, said Phoebe was the stand out winner.

“We chose Phoebe because she’s improved so much over the last 12 months,” said Mr Ackroyd, who teaches a wide range of sports, including football cricket and tennis, one day a week at the school

“She really enjoys all of the sports and I wouldn’t say she has one which she enjoys the most.”

The trophy is named after Craig’s close friend Nigel Johnston, who died in 2003.

It is handed out every year to an improved player.