Jack Petchey Award

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We have more exiting news from the Jack Petchey Award Foundation as coach TONY CRONIN has been awarded the LEADER AWARD. 

The Jack Petchey Foundation Leader Awards scheme highlights and recognises the incredible commitment of adults who work with schools and youth organisations and are dedicated to supporting young people.

Tony will receive the award at the Jack Petchey Award ceremony at Hackney Town Hall in October.

Read more here why Tony has been awarded. 

Congratulations to the April 2022 Jack Petchey Achievement Award Winners.

  • Saffire Fontenelle (AD1/Para)

  • Ivy Hernandez Taylor (RP)

  • Mollie Hoyle (Gold)

  • Louis Mclachlan (Para)

  • Kai Ogden (NP)

  • Thomas Roberts (RP)


Read citations here 



What is the Jack Petchey Award Scheme?
The Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme is the flagship programme of the Jack Petchey Foundation and it currently operates across 1,800 different schools, groups and organisations within London and Essex.

The scheme contributes millions of pounds each year and to date has donated over £130 million to support youth programmes.

The Achievement Award Scheme aims to enable schools, colleges and youth organisations to recognise, reward and celebrate the achievements of their young people.

Sir Jack Petchey CBE wants young people to raise their aspirations, believe in themselves and make a contribution to their society.

Achievement Awards are designed to recognise a wide range of achievements. It is not just about being clever, or gifted, but about putting the effort in and doing your best. The success of the award scheme arises from empowering young people to nominate their peers and select the Achievement Award winner. The award winner also chooses how their award money is to be spent

How does the Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme work?

The Jack Petchey Achievement Awards are not solely for athletic achievement — they may be used to recognise a personal triumph for someone who has faced a challenge, a young person who has pushed themselves outside their comfort zone

or it may be an opportunity to recognise the outstanding efforts of a team player. In other words it is not about being the best, fastest, most successful swimmer but about doing your best.


Each award constitutes a gift of £300 and the winner can decide what to spend the money on. However the award money must be used for the benefit of a group of young people, not an individual (the winner does not receive a cash payment for personal items). 


A Jack Petchey Award coordinator will work together with the winner(s) to create a ‘wish list’ of items — this can include equipment, activities, trips out, hiring a specialist worker, a celebration event, training courses etc.

However it’s ultimately the award winner only who decides how the £300 is spent.

Who can be nominated?

Nominees must be aged 11–25 and have not previously received the award before within HAC.


When are the winners announced?

6 Winners will be announced in April and 3 further winners in October.

For more information

Please contact the Jack Petchey Award Coordinator here if you have any questions or suggestions. 

For more information on the Jack Petchey Foundation please click here.

Get involved and nominate our next 3 winners

You* can nominate our next 3 winners for October by downloading the form here

Please email the completed form to secretary@hackneyaquaticsclub.org.

* Parents/carers cannot nominate