Following a season of outstanding success, the EFA have awarded Shrewsbury School two national awards:
- George Thomason (Fives Captain, G UVI) has been named EFA Young Player of the Year 2011
- Grant Williams (Head Coach Shrewsbury School) has been named EFA Coach of the Year 2011
The accounts below are taken from the EFA website: www.fivesonline.net
Young Player of the Year: George Thomason
This has been one of the best and most successful seasons in the history of Shrewsbury School Fives and the school team has been led from the front all year by their first pair of George Thomason and Jack Hudson-Williams. Either could have been the choice for this award after their winning of the Schools' Championships without dropping a game and their reaching the quarter-finals of both the Northern Tournament and the Kinnaird Cup, but George's excellent contribution to the Old Salopians run to the final of the EFA Trophy means that he just edges it. A talented attacking player, the Old Salopians will be hoping to see a lot more of him on court over the next few years.
Coach of the Year: Grant Williams
Grant has been at the forefront of an exceptional year for the whole coaching team at Shrewsbury School, which has brought success in the Williams Cup and at the National Schools' Championships, where Shrewsbury won the Open, Under 16, U17 Ladies and Mixed titles. The passion and level of involvement of Grant at the back of the court watching some of those finals was truly a sight to behold.