Daily Telegraph Award for Outstanding
Contribution to School Sport 2007
Pete Dewsnap was awarded the Daily Telegraph Award for Outstanding Contribution to School Sport on Tuesday Oct 9th at the Emirates Stadium Arsenal. A star-studded event saw Pete beat off the nation's other challengers to win this prestigious category.
Norwich Union and the Daily Telegraph have been championing the cause of School Sport Matters for three years now and have enrolled Dame Kelly Holmes as their figurehead.
Peter has been at NSB for 37 years and has given unstinting service to the school throughout that time. He thoroughly deserves this accolade. On Tuesday he rubbed shoulders with James Cracknell, Mark Ramprakash, Darren Campbell and Mo Farrah. He was interviewed by John Inverdale and appeared live on Talk Sport Radio.
This is the third National Sports Award the school has now won in the last three years and is testament to the outstanding work that takes place in the P.E. Dept.
Peter retires in the Summer of 2008 but he can rest easy in the knowledge that he has made a staggering contribution to sport at NSB.
Pete Dewsnap is quite simply a consummate professional. He has spent 37 years encouraging boys of all ages and - more importantly - of ALL abilities to do their VERY best. Although an outstanding coach of elite sportsmen, Pete has always believed that EVERY child deserves the best he can give, and some of his best work is with youngsters who are very definitely NOT sportsmen, but who he nevertheless encourages so that they can achieve their goals. He makes lessons fun, but always in a safe and structured environment. In his lessons, boys don't 'play', they 'learn to play'. He sees sport as a key component in each child's development. It provides a moral framework - an appreciation of right and wrong, of the need for rules, of camaraderie and teamwork, of hard graft and individual responsibility to enhance the common good.
I know of no other teacher who inspires such respect and loyalty - boys who left 30 years ago speak of him with a mixture of awe and reverence. He respects every child as an individual. They, in turn, respect him. This award is hugely merited, although Pete himself would never seek such accolades. He does not do it for himself; he does it for the boys. The boys, and thus the school, benefit enormously from his dedication.