Towards an active Derbyshire Awards recognise those using physical activity to help improve the lives of people across Derby and Derbyshire

Posted: Thu, 07 Mar 2019 08:30

Towards an active Derbyshire Awards recognise those using physical activity to help improve the lives of people across Derby and Derbyshire

The efforts and achievements of individuals and groups who are using physical activity to help improve the lives of people across Derby and Derbyshire have been recognised at the first Towards an active Derbyshire Awards.

The event showcased individuals who have used physical activity to achieve outstanding change in themselves, as well as some incredible tales of what others have done to transform the lives, health and wellbeing of members of their communities.

The awards celebrated all of the amazing work happening in our communities and Active Derbyshire, who organised the event, wanted the opportunity to thank the volunteers, groups and staff who help to make physical activity the norm.

Winners included the Livewell Volunteer Team for Oakwood and Chaddesden, Riddings Junior School, Chesterfield College and DS Active.

Norman Todd from Derby, Sophie Widdowson from Duckmanton, Dave Cartawick from Chesterfield and Teresa Croft from South Derbyshire were also among the winners.

In addition, Community Growth in Staveley, Derby-based Baby People, and Liam Parker from Erewash each received an Active Derbyshire Special Community Contribution Award.

The inaugural Towards an active Derbyshire Awards, organised by Active Derbyshire, were held at the Sports Direct Auditorium in Shirebrook on Wednesday, March 6, and sponsored by Chesterfield College, Derby City Council, the University of Derby, Strategic Leisure, Legacy Leisure, Active Nation, and Derbyshire County Council.

Attended by 200 guests, the event was hosted by Colin Hazelden and included performances from choir CoDA Chromatics, dance group Trinity Warriors, and a spoken word performance from Rhythmical Mike.

The winner of the Change4Life Award was 64-year-old Norman Todd, who joined Livewell, Derby City Council's free healthy lifestyle service, four years ago. Through physical activity and healthy eating Norman lost ten stone in one year alone, and is now physical active for up to three hours every day.

There was another award win for Livewell in the form of the Livewell Volunteer Team for Oakwood and Chaddesden, who won the Community Group of the Year award. The volunteer team of Lee Blurton, Lisa Fairbrother, Andrea Wightman and Mark Wightman have supported numerous Livewell health hubs and exercise sessions in Oakwood, Chaddesden and across the city, as well as leading running sessions and groups, having previously been through the Livewell programme themselves.

The This Girl Can Award was presented to Sophie Widdowson from Duckmanton who has lost weight after taking part in multiple sporting sessions and activities and also going on to regional and national success in both tennis and basketball.

Riddings Junior School was the winner of the Active Place Award. The school has been running Forest Schools for four years and has massively increased the amount of physical activity the children get to experience. It has also now implemented a forest playground which has seen activity levels at unstructured times soar.

The Inclusive Project of the Year was named as DS Active. The football and multi-sports sessions provide opportunities for participants with Down's Syndrome from the age of five, who wouldn't necessarily get the chance to play football otherwise.

Martial arts coach Dave Cartawick, who has been coaching in Chesterfield for more than 25 years, was named Community Coach of the Year. He is passionate about engaging young people in sport and activity and works with local schools, Chesterfield College and community groups to increase participation in sport in general and martial arts in particular, running regular classes to encourage children and teenagers to become more active.

Chesterfield College's Healthy Lifestyle project was named Project or Innovation of the Year. Funded by Sport England through the Tackling Inactivity in Colleges stream, the project is designed to open out physical activity opportunities to students that have been identified as physically inactive, primarily women and girls, disabled students and students from low socio-economic backgrounds.

Meanwhile the Special Recognition Award was presented to Teresa Croft from South Derbyshire. For many years Teresa has played an active role in the development of community activity in the village of Hatton in Derbyshire, helping to ensure young people become more involved.

Active Derbyshire works in partnership with the local authorities and a wide range of other partners to get people active in Derbyshire.

A full list of winners and runners-up is below:

Change4Life Award, sponsored by Chesterfield College
Winner: Norman Todd, Derby City
Runners-up: Frank Woodward, Derby City; Hannah Kendall, Chesterfield

Community Group of the Year, sponsored by Derby City Council
Winner: Livewell Volunteer Team for Oakwood and Chaddesden, Derby City
Runners-up: Derby County Community Trust, Derby City; Start2Jog Running Club, High Peak

This Girl Can Award, sponsored by the University of Derby
Winner: Sophie Widdowson, North East Derbyshire
Runners-up: Hannah Kendall, Chesterfield; Julie Hodge, Derby City

Active Place Award, sponsored by Strategic Leisure
Winner: Riddings Junior School, Amber Valley
Runner-up: Go!Active@TheArc, Bolsover; Hardwick Walking for Health, Bolsover

Inclusive Project of the Year, sponsored by Legacy Leisure
Winner: DS Active, Derby City
Runner-up: BKKA, Chesterfield; Liveability Project, Derby City

Community Coach of the Year, sponsored by Active Nation
Winner: Dave Cartawick, Chesterfield
Runner-up: Sandra Ward, Derby City; Stuart Asquith, Derby City

Project or Innovation of the Year, sponsored by Derbyshire County Council
Winner: Chesterfield College - Healthy Lifestyle project
Runner-up: Chesterfield Borough Council - dedicated swimming lessons for children with autism; Active Fostering, Derbyshire Dales

Special Recognition Award
Winner: Teresa Croft, South Derbyshire
Runner-up: Barry Newton, Amber Valley; Steve Tallo-Brady, High Peak

Active Derbyshire Special Community Contribution Award
Winners: Community Growth; Baby People; Liam Parker

Photo Credit to Ian Hodgkinson (PictureIt Media)

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