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SPAR, the UK’s leading independent convenience group and partner of British Athletics, has named Mike Briggs, a gymnastics coach from Dumfries, Scotland, as the overall winner of its People’s Podium Campaign.

The People’s Podium initiative recognises and rewards individuals supporting community sport across the UK. The UK-wide competition saw hundreds of people nominate individuals involved with incredible sporting projects in their region. SPAR rewarded four of the best candidates with £2,000, which will go towards supporting their sports projects.

However, it was Mike Briggs, a gymnastics coach at the Dumfries Y Gymnastics Club, who was awarded the £10,000 grand prize. Briggs worked his way up the rankings, from volunteering at the club when his daughter started, to leading the club as Head Coach. SPAR recognised the incredible achievement Briggs had accomplished to take the Dumfries Y Gymnastics Club to different heights and how he intends to take it further.

Mike Briggs was revealed as the winner of the £10,000 prize in a presentation that took place during the Muller Anniversary Games at the London Stadium. Briggs, and three of the other winners of the People’s Podium, were given the same treatment as the world class athletes, taking their place upon a physical ‘People’s Podium’ in the stadium, and receiving VIP treatment in SPAR’s hospitality boxes at the Games.

Speaking at the launch, Debbie Robinson, SPAR UK Managing Director, said: “SPAR is at the heart of the communities it serves, and the People’s Podium campaign has been a brilliant way for us to show our appreciation for the incredible individuals supporting grassroots sport. Our winner, Mike Briggs was selected as one of the five finalists from almost 1000 entrances. Following a rigorous process Mike stood out not only for the time he has given but his selflessness, ability to work through bureaucracy and overcome barriers simply to help young athletes be the best they can be. Participation in sport helps create healthy, happy lives and brings communities together, and we hope that the People’s Podium campaign will encourage more people in the UK to get behind sports projects in their area and ultimately lead to stronger communities.”