Christine is a journalist and TV presenter who has been one of the best know faces in the Yorkshire region for nearly 30 years, with 20 of those as the main presenter of the regional news programme ITV Calendar. She has hosted the Children of Courage Awards and been an Ambassador for several years.
In her words “As a regular host of the awards, I’m passionate about the event and its continued support for young people across the region. I’m always humbled and astonished at the amazing achievements of the children who are recognised every year and I’m proud to be a part of this.”
Jessica is a professional singer who was a semi finalist on Britain’s Got Talent and on Team Will.I.Am on The Voice. She is also the owner of ‘Superstars’ performing school in Sheffield, and as such is absolutely honoured to work with dozens of very talented students both young and old on a daily basis – such incredibly impressive musical skills amongst all of my Superstars! When Jessica was 15 she had her first professional gig where she sang the British National Anthem in Las Vegas for world champion boxer Ricky Hatton. Jessica has also performed at many events and festivals supporting big artists such as Little Mix, Jessie J, Kaiser Chiefs, Ella Henderson, Jess Glynne and more!
“I’m incredibly honoured to be an Ambassador for YCCA as I feel that young people are under more and more pressure to perform, achieve and excel than ever – perhaps without always getting the recognition they deserve. I’ve chosen to be a part of the awards as it’s so incredibly inspirational to witness a showcase of such remarkable bravery, talent, morals and determination – and although these awards represent our children and young adults here in Yorkshire, these are arguably some of the most remarkable kids in the UK. Not only do the awards set a fantastic example to young people and adults alike – but this very well deserved recognition on such a public stage gives these award winners the confidence boost to continue with all the incredible and inspirational life stories they’ve been contributing to so far.”
Ryan Sidebottom is a former England international cricketer who played county cricket for Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire and retired in 2017 after two decades at the top of his game taking more than 1,000 career wickets and a memorable test match hat trick. He is the only player in the last 15 years to win 5 county championships and he also played a major role in winning the 2010 ICC T20 World Cup with England.
In 2008 Ryan was named England player of year, Wisden cricketer of the year and named in the ICC test team of the year. He also has 5 test match 5 wicket hauls and one 10 wicket haul.
Ryan is a regular in the media circuit and has appeared on various TV and radio programmes.
Ryan’s coaching career took him to Surrey as bowling coach straight after his retirement from playing, and his experience helped seal their victory as county championship winners in 2018.
He continues to coach children with his academy to encourage the young talent of the nation.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be supporting YCCA as a brand ambassador at this year’s forthcoming awards ceremony. Over the last 10 years the awards have shone a light on the bravest and most courageous children and young adults, recognising some of the most amazing achievements across Yorkshire.”