Sportivate Star Awards

By NickiBlake on September 6th, 2012 - comments

Sport participants and coaches have all been selected to receive a Sportivate Star Award.

James Housam from Boston was nominated for the award by Jeff Elms, a coach from Boston Rowing Club.

Jeff said: “James was inspired to have a go at rowing and signed up for a six-week Sportivate Learn to Row course. His enthusiasm and drive for learning enabled him to take part in a regatta race in a double skull boat, which would normally take a year to achieve.He helps our junior members handling equipment and on the river. Having spent his summer at the Olympic park providing security, I am sure James will return more inspired and inspired to help others.”

15-year old Alexander MacRury from Horncastle was nominated for the award by Shirley Sutton, coach and course leader from Horncastle and District Tennis Club.

Shirley said: “Alex has come into his own during our ‘Tennis Leaders – Leading the Way at Horncastle Tennis Club’ course.  He has discovered his talent and aptitude for working with young children and encouraging others in sport.

Alex ran an inspiring, upbeat 15-minute coaching session, which saw all the children purposefully engaged and having great fun. We will certainly be asking him to continue helping us with our junior section – he is our Sportivate Star of 2012”.

Russell Watkins and Nigel Jubbs, both coaches at Lindum Squash Club, received nominations for their contribution towards coaching in the Sportivate sessions.

Katie Noble, a student at Bishop Grosseteste University College, nominated Russell Watkins.

She said: “The 6-week WIN squash and racketball programme was aimed at any ability. It was delivered in a fun way and with passion from the coaches and it showed they loved their sport and what they deliver.”

The coaches also ran a coaching qualification for us and offered us the chance to support them with their Saturday junior sessions so we can gain more experience coaching.”

Sportivate is a national programme, managed by Sport England and delivered by Active Lincolnshire Partnership, which funds six-week sport sessions to encourage teenagers to take part in sport.

Lucy Blakey, Children and Young People Officer at Active Lincolnshires Partnership, said: “Over 200 projects have received Sportivate funding since the programme started in April 2011. We wanted to recognise the contribution made by specific individuals and the Sportivate Star Award is a great way to do this.”

All of the Sportivate projects running in 2012 have been asked to nominate either a coach or student who they feel have contributed towards the success of the project and who they feel should receive an Adidas hoodie and certificate from the Active Lincolnshires Partnership.