Towards an Active Derbyshire - Thank You

Thanking those who are helping to make physical activity the norm

We want to say 'thank you' to the amazing organisations, clubs, facilities, volunteers, people and places across Derbyshire which are helping to make physical activity the norm.

We asked for your help to say 'thank you' to some of the people, groups, clubs and organisations who have helped to make physical activity the norm over the past four years.

From 10-21 May we highlighted the people, groups, clubs and organisations, which you told us about, who are using physical activity and sport to make a real difference in their communities and to the lives of others. During the two-week campaign we highlighted their work and how important and powerful physical activity can be.

Stories from our community

Beat the Street

As part of the #ThankYou campaign we would like to say a huge thank you and well done to all those in Chesterfield, Clay Cross and Derby who took part Beat the Street. An amazing 27,000 took part in Beat the Street Derby recently, following the earlier success of Beat the Street Sinfin which saw 1,843 people walk, run and cycle as far as they could to earn points for their virtual teams.

Meanwhile further north 13,890 had taken part in Beat the Street Chesterfield and 2,170 people took part in the game across Clay Cross, North Wingfield, Tupton, Grassmoor and Holmewood as part of Beat the Street Clay Cross. Post-game surveys showed that players felt that the games had helped encourage them to walk or cycle more often, visit new places and spend more time with their family.

Well done to you all and thank you!

Ben Horton (BH Fitness)

As part of the #ThankYou campaign, we received a submission to thank Ben Horton - here's what they had to say:

"I joined BH Fitness at the start of the lockdown in March 2020, I can honestly say it is the best thing I have done. Ben puts on 60 live classes onto his website per month, you can do them live or on catch up, the classes vary from HITT to stretch and flex, which are put out at various times of day. Ben and team are very enthusiastic, encouraging, motivating and above anything else they brighten up the day. Ben also has an online running group, which is brilliant, everyone encourages each other, and you can guarantee Ben will always add a message of encouragement to all our shared activities, it doesn't matter if it is a 7 minute mile or a 14 minute mile, Ben gives us all the same great level of encouragement and praise. He sets challenges for us to take part in

.Once a month Ben sounds out a recipe book, which is another highlight.Last year was a bad year personally for me, and to be honest Ben got me through it without even knowing that he did. Just knowing that he would be there putting on the HITT the deck beginner class on a Monday morning encouraged me up and out of bed, because it is a live class Ben gives me a shout out, guaranteed to put a smile on my face.Ben works full time, has a wife and young family, he still makes the time for the group and gives it maximum effort. He is an extraordinary young man whom definitely deserves some recognition for what he does."

Breaston Park Football Club

"I would like to nominate all the parents, supporters, sponsors, coaching staff and Club committee for Breaston Park under 14s. The squad is made up of 16 boys who all play for Breaston Park U14s football club. As Covid was starting to become apparent all the team went through infection control hand hygiene training. Sadly we then went into lock down and it was obvious on the squads return the effect that lock down had on the boys. Some players really struggled with the virus and lockdown and the constant not knowing if they would play or not.

Everyone involved in with the team came together to support sport starting again. The pitches had to be marked out again and due to a severe rabbit problem in our absence the parents spent hours filling the pitch with topsoil to ensure it was safe. Training was designed to support social distancing using a small sided rotation system. The club house was designed to provide a separate one way route for the different teams to wash their hands before competing.

Hand sanitisation was offered and enforced. Al l players home and away were asked to complete the Covid 19 app or complete a paper version if they did not have the technology. All cases have been tracked by the team and club secretary, and the work involved should not be underestimated. The balance between health and safety and health and well being has been difficult, but everyone has supported all the procedures expected of them, including transportation to and from the grounds. They have all gone way above and beyond so this is why I would like to nominate Breaston Park Under 14s."

GAD Khalsa Sports Club

A couple of years ago, we spoke to the GAD Khalsa about their work to ensure football is accessible for all. They have done some amazing work to support people to be active in our community over the years and we want to say a huge #ThankYou to them.

View a video highlighting the work they do to make football inclusive for all

Girls Active

150 girls from schools across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have been inspired and empowered to help shape a PE offer that is suitable for all and influence their peers about physical activity choices.

View video

Leigh Ashmore

Another #ThankYou from someone in the community is for Leigh Ashmore. They told us that Leigh, who is a boxer, has given so much back to the sport and provided voluntary sessions during lockdown for her community. Thank you Leigh!

Move More Glossop

We wanted to share some of the work by the Move More Glossop team. Throughout the pandemic, Move More Glossop have shared ideas and ways to be active, using walks and routes within the town. They have created stories of Maisie, the Move More Mouse and Manny the Mole to create fun walks for the family. Thank you to all of the organisations in Glossop and High Peak, working hard to help the community move more.

Paul Booth

I would like to nominate Paul Booth and his coaches who lead the Ilkeston Outlaws Under 14 Girls Basketball Group within the Kirk Hallam area.

The Under 14 Girls are a relatively new team to the Outlaws family, which we intend to build through to U16 and U18 girls' age groups. This U14 Girls squad was established in 2018 with a focused effort to develop a junior girls section for the Club and the initiative was supported by Derbyshire Basketball Association, Active Derbyshire, Big Kirk Hallam, and East Midlands Airport.

Currently the team plays in a National Development League where they are showing continued improvement. The focus for girls is to learn new individual and team skills, improve their fitness and have fun along the way. The team is coached by a team of young female qualified Coaches from the Outlaws Senior Women's Team. Paul and the coaches offer FREE training sessions to vulnerable girls across the deprived area of Kirk Hallam with the overall aim to give them new opportunities, improve their fitness levels and empower them within their community. Paul and the coaches' passion for supporting young women have led to many girls who usually don't participate in sport signing up to the training sessions and they now play has a team. I have personally listened to feedback from the girls who have commented that:

"The team are all my friends, I really like getting to spend time with them and play basketball."

"I've made friends I've never had before in school."

"I didn't play basketball at school because the boys would kick us out, I am now part of the team and I really enjoy it."

"I'm getting fitter now too and my mum is happy that I can come to the training."

Also feedback from parents:

"Paul and the coaches are fabulous for the girls, they really believe in them."

"The coaching team are fantastic, they encourage the girls so much and you can see the girls enjoy it."

"They have given my granddaughter a chance to be a part of something she wouldn't normally get to be part of."

We are a little family now because of this and we will keep fundraising to keep the team going. Paul and his team really shine through within our community as a group of people who want to invest their time and skills into supporting young people across their communities. Their love for the sport, their passion for giving back to their community and their ability to support children and their families is something they should be very proud of!

Residents of Petersham

The residents of Petersham have been working over a number of years to bring the community together and activity forms a big part of that. We'd like to thank the residents, @Shift and @Erewash Borough Council and all of the amazing community organisations for working together and helping make activity happen. Filmed before lockdown, this video gives a flavour of some of the activities happening in Petersham

Ronin Budo Martial Arts

As part of the #ThankYou campaign, we asked people who they'd like to thank. We received a number of submissions for Ronin Budo Martial Arts for their work, particularly during lockdown, here's just a flavour of some of the comments we received, thanks for all you do Ronin Budo!

"Ronin Budo has been a big part of my son's life for a couple of years now, he was shy and had next to no confidence. Chaz and the team have been excellent with him and he has come on leaps and bounds! All the instructors are amazing and always have their students best interest at heart!!!"

"Through Covid 19 they have gone above and beyond to ensure the students have the best chance at learning whilst in these uncertain times. From keeping classes open(when allowed) and putting all safety measures in place to doing zoom lessons just to keep everyone active and progressing. I thank them all so much and so does my whole family!!!"

More info:

Ronin Budo website

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