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Preparations underway for Derbyshire Schools’ Sports Awards

Posted: Wed, 27 Sep 2017 14:32

Preparations underway for Derbyshire Schools’ Sports Awards

The sporting successes of young people in Derbyshire, the hard work of volunteers, and work to help young people to engage in more active and healthy lives will all be recognised at the forthcoming Derbyshire Schools' Sports Awards.

Hundreds of young people and their families, teachers and those working within sports will attend the Derbyshire Schools' Sports Association event at the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield on Tuesday, October 17.

Individuals, teams and schools have been shortlisted for awards in 15 categories.

Awards for individual achievement include Sportsperson of the Year (inclusive), Primary School Sportsperson of the Year and Secondary School Sportsperson of the Year, all in School Sport, along with Non-School Sport Sportsperson of the Year.

Team awards are Primary Team, Secondary Team and inclusive Team, while volunteer categories include Young Leader / Ambassador – Primary School, Young Leader / Ambassador – Secondary School, Young Leader / Ambassador – Inclusive and the Adult Volunteer Award.

There are also a number of new categories. The #YoungActiveHealthy Award will recognise an outstanding contribution in helping young people in Derbyshire engage in more active and healthy lives, and the first Active Schools of the Year will also be named.

This year's recipient of the Services to School Sport Award in honour of Suzanne Meehan, the former Chair of DSSA who passed away in 2014, will also be revealed.

Karen Shopland and Janice Price, Co-Chairs of DSSA, said they were looking forward to recognising yet more sporting talent at the event as well as the work to encourage more young people to take part in physical activity and sport.

Karen said: "There are so many young people across Derbyshire who excel in physical activity and sport, and the awards are a great way of highlighting and rewarding these achievements as well as the work of dedicated volunteers who continue to play a crucial role in ensuring the success and smooth-running of school sport across Derbyshire.

"I'm also pleased that there will be a greater emphasis on recognising the work that goes on to help young people engage in more active and healthy lives."

This year's DSSA Sports Awards, organised by Derbyshire Sport, are again being supported by the University of Derby, as part of its partnership with Derbyshire Sport and the DSSA, which also sees it supporting the delivery of school sport competitions in the county.

The partnership is part of the University of Derby's ongoing support for sport in Derbyshire, and its work to create greater links with local schools and encourage more young people with an interest in sport to consider studying at the University.

Ollie Shearer, Head of Sport at the University of Derby, said: "We are delighted to be supporting the DSSA Sports Awards again and to be able to help recognise the sporting talent of young people in this way.

"The University has much to offer any young person with an interest in sport including a range of sport and exercise courses, first-class facilities, a Performance Sport programme and scholarship and bursary opportunities."

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