Vittles named Sports Personality

Head of FITC wins Exeter-wide award

Jamie Vittles, Head of Exeter City’s Football in the Community department, was recognised on Wednesday evening for his contribution to sport in the city by winning the Sports Personality of the Year award at the Express & Echo’s Sports Awards.

The Echo’s sports editor, Nick Warren, who was one of the five judges for the awards, said he thought it was fitting that someone like Jamie picked up the main award as he does so much behind the scenes for sport in the region.

“The Express & Echo Sports Awards does its best to shine a light on the great work so many unsung heroes do for sport in the county.  Therefore it was fitting that Jamie Vittles picked up the main prize,” he said.

“His work in the community covers a wide array of sporting and educational programmes, in connection with Exeter City.

“He puts a lot of effort, hours and hard work into Exeter City’s Football in the Community programme and the judges felt this needed to be rewarded.”

Many people are familiar with FITC’s holiday courses, but there is so much more that the charity is doing.  Jamie has been instrumental in developing the educational programmes that FITC deliver – a BTEC course and a Foundation degree programme – in conjunction with Exeter College and Marjon University.

The charity also works with local schools to encourage children to participate in sport and other areas of work include social inclusion – running Doorstep Clubs in Wonford and Exwick and disability sessions – plus health - putting on football leagues and a running club for adults.

For more information on the work done by Football in the Community, telephone 01392 255611 or email