Derbyshire organisations and individuals celebrated at the second Towards an active Derbyshire awards

Posted: Fri, 14 Feb 2020 08:59

Derbyshire organisations and individuals celebrated at the second Towards an active Derbyshire awards

The efforts and achievements of individuals and groups who are using physical activity to help improve the lives of people across Derby and Derbyshire were recognised at the Towards an active Derbyshire Awards on 13 February at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery.

The exciting awards were jointly presented by sports broadcaster Colin Hazelden and GEM Radio presenter Jo Russell, with 200 guests attending the celebration. Entertainment was provided by Sing for your Supper community choir, Team Unit 1 Martial Arts and Erewash Valley Gymnastics Club.

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

A special thanks also goes to the category sponsors of the event: Action Nation, Strategic Leisure, University of Derby, Derbyshire County Council and Derby City Council.

This year's winners and finalists:


Winner (area)


Change4Life award

James Illsley (Amber Valley)

Derry Cooper (Amber Valley)

Rita Wagstaff (Derbyshire Dales)

This Girl Can award

Afsana Afsar (Derby City)

Hannah Kendall (Chesterfield)

Caroline Hill (Amber Valley)

Active Place award

Hunloke Community Garden (Chesterfield)

Adam Fretwell PT (Erewash)

Freedom Leisure ARC Leisure (Derbyshire Dales)

Community Coach of the year

Dave Cartawick (Chesterfield)

Helen Thornhill (High Peak)

Jay Plimmer (Derby)

Project/Initiative/Innovation award

Redwood Primary School (Derby City)

#runwalktalk (Derby City)

Wiltsthorpe School (Erewash)

Inclusive Project, group or club of the year

Rhubarb Farm (Bolsover)

St Martins School Derby SHOUTaboutSEND (Derby City)

Ripley LC and William Gregg VC LC Dementia Friendly Swimming (Amber Valley)

Community Group/Association of the year

Ilkeston Cycling Club (Erewash)

Alvaston Parkrun (Derby City)

Residents of Fairfield Association (High Peak)

Erewash Valley Gymnastics Club (Erewash)

Special Recognition award

Joe Mason (Bolsover)

Gillian Stallion (Amber Valley)

Libby Hawkins (Chesterfield)

Active Derbyshire also awarded a Community Contribution award to organisations who have made a unique contribution to local communities and who are worthy of special recognition. These were awarded to: Pingle Academy, Active Fostering work and Active4Life Petersham.

A full list of winner and finalist stories along with images from the night can be found here:

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