Awards ceremony recognises community and sporting success


Volunteers from across Scotland have been awarded for their dedication to supporting the local community.

SP Energy Networks held its first Community Awards at Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow on Wednesday15 May to celebrate community work carried out across central Scotland.

We joined forces with Glasgow Warriors to celebrate the partnerships which have been making a difference to communities across the region.

The Awards acknowledge the positive impact which the rugby club has made on encouraging girls in sport through our SP Energy Networks Warriors Championships for schools.

Winners on the night were Kenny Bowie, Head of Planning, Design and Resources in SPEN Dumfries and Galloway District and President of Young Enterprise, who scooped the Community Advocate of the Year award for his voluntary involvement in community activities; Maggie’s who won the Charity Partner of the Year Award for working together with SP Energy Networks to raise money for cancer services, while the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC was announced as the Best Community Partnership Initiative for their work to encourage people to speak up on Mental Health issues through their ‘Are ewe OKAY?’ campaign with SP Energy Networks in the farming community.

Glasgow Warriors also celebrated individuals for their dedication to activity in the community with Prop-player Zander Fagerson, winning the Community Player of Year Award; 25 youngsters, one from each participating school, winning Coaches’ Player of Year for their involvement in the SP Energy Networks Warriors School Championships and Stonelaw High School in Rutherglen who were announced as the School of the Year following their dedication displayed throughout the Championships. Wallace High School from Stirling also received a special mention for winning the competition.

The partnership has highlighted SP Energy Networks’ support for women and girls in both sport and industry. For every boys team competing during the Championship, there was a girls team competing too.  The commitment to supporting women on the pitch is mirrored in our support of women in the workplace through, for example, our apprenticeships and women returners’ programmes.

Frank Mitchell, CEO of SP Energy Networks, said: “We’re committed to supporting the communities we serve and the team at SP Energy Networks goes above and beyond to support people in their local area. The awards night was a celebration of the work that goes on in the community and the amazing organisations who help us make it happen. I’d like to say a massive well done to all winners.”

Alastair Kellock, Scottish Rugby Ambassador, said: “The SP Energy Networks Warriors Championships had another incredibly successful year with over 1,000 kids playing at Scotstoun over five qualifying rounds, with Wallace High eventually coming out on top. Last night’s awards offer the opportunity to bring together everyone who was involved and celebrate the on and off field achievements, as well as highlight the great work that the ongoing partnership between SP Energy Networks and Glasgow Warriors is doing in the wider community.”

Maralyn Boyle, Partnerships Manager for Scotland at Maggie’s, said: “Maggie’s is thrilled to be awarded SP Energy Networks Charity Partner of the Year at the inaugural SP Energy Networks Community Awards. We were honoured to join the celebration of the many ways in which SP Energy Networks makes a positive impact in their communities at the home of the Glasgow Warriors. Having the support of SP Energy Networks means that Maggie’s can ensure that people with cancer can get the immediate and expert support they need in our uplifting Lanarkshire centre.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with SPEN’s colleagues, who so kindly give us their time through volunteering, fundraising and raising awareness of Maggie’s unique programme of cancer support. Thank you to SP Energy Networks for your wonderful support of Maggie’s - everyone’s home of cancer care.”

SP Energy Networks owns and manages overhead and underground powerlines in Central and Southern Scotland, Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and North Shropshire. The company is currently recruiting for apprentices and graduates. 

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Notes to Editors

SP Energy Networks:

  • SP Energy Networks (SPEN) is the licensed Electricity Distributor (DNO) for North Wales, Central & Southern Scotland and for Merseyside, Cheshire, and North Shropshire. It has 30,000 substations (one substation for every 100 customers), 40,000km overhead lines (once around the globe), and 70,000km underground cables.
  • SPEN also operates the Transmission Network in Central and Southern Scotland. It takes electricity generated from power stations, windfarms and various other utilities and transport it through its vast transmission network, consisting of over 4,000km of overhead and 320km of underground lines. It has 129 transmission substations in its network that helps to manage extra high voltage electricity supplies.
  • From 2015 to 2023 SP Energy Networks plans to invest approximately £5 billion into the electricity network.

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