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Cornwall Sports Projects WIN Regional Sport England Awards!

Sportivate & Satellite Winners

Projects from Cornwall which develop opportunities and encourage young people to get more active have been honoured by Sport England.

Sportivate Mylor SailAbility & Kernow Boccia Satellite Club have been named best in the South West after inspiring young people to get into sport and continue taking part.

Sportivate Mylor SailAbility, which is an approved RYA SailAbility centre, have got more disabled young people taking part in Sailing and Powerboating in the heart of Cornwall, by making sailing accessible to those with a disability, providing it at a more affordable price and breaking down barriers that normally prevent these disadvantaged young people taking part.

Tracey Boyne of Mylor SailAbility says "I am honoured to be part of a great community.  It has made me feel even more inspired to do more to encourage more people into this amazing sport.  I am completely overwhelmed and thanks so much.  This is a real boost to our project."

The satellite club is delivered at Cornwall College by Sports Maker, Jamie Tresidder on behalf of Rosewarne / Kernow Boccia Club and has brought Boccia into the heart of the college. The club was established a year ago gives students from Cornwall College, who all have various learning and physical disabilities the opportunity to regularly access sport and physical activity. The weekly sessions have significantly helped develop the confidence and well-being of the students as well as putting Boccia on the map at the college with the club being selected to represent Cornwall at The South West Championships in March.   

Jamie Tresidder from Cornwall College said: "Winning the Satellite Club Of The Year Award is a huge testament to the attitude, motivation and enthusiasm of the students who participate in the Boccia club every week. Through regularly playing Boccia the confidence levels and comradery amongst the group has significantly  increased as well as the skill level, which has seen the group go from complete novices to finishing 4th in The South West Region in a period of just 9 months!!."

Sport England Awards

Sport England has also given recognition to Jordan Edgcombe from St Mawgan FC - Kickivate, who has been named South West Sportivate Participant of the Year and Hayden Knowles from Cornwall Cougars Wheelchair Basketball Club who has been named South West Satellitte Club Participant of the Year.

Having never played sport before, Jordan completed introductory coaching sessions in Football with St Mawgan FC, and is now taking part regularly, having joined the local club. Jordan's ability improved over the 6 weeks and he has developed into a true leader for the others to follow.  His desire to win rubs off onto other players; someone who 6 weeks prior was shy and inactive.  His transformation into a confident young man has been amazing!

Jordan said: "I never really had an interest in sport until I tried football as part of Sportivate. I've particularly enjoyed the sessions and they have inspired me to carry on playing football at St Mawgan FC.  I'm really honored to have been named South West Participant of the Year."

Hayden attended the sport satellite club at Camborne Science and International Academy delivered by Cornwall Cougars Wheelchair Basketball Club, and is now taking part every week. Hayden was also recently asked to represent the South West in the regional under 15 Championships in Worcester. He is an extremely committed player to the team, never misses a training session and improves week in and week out. Through wheelchair basketball he has overcome many challenges in life. He is now a more confident person and the sport has helped him through his disability. He has also made new friends at the club, where he now understands that just because you have a disability doesn't mean you can't achieve goals and become good at sport.

Hayden said "Before wheelchair basketball I didn't enjoy life and didn't have anything to look forwards to. When I attended the satellite club and started playing regularly, I found something that I really love, have made new friends and massively want to improve as a player and person."

Sport England's Director for Community Sport, Mike Diaper, said: "These awards celebrate the great work of local projects and participants in helping youngsters make the transition from the sporting side-lines to being active. Satellite clubs offer young people the chance to learn something new, uncover hidden depths and realise new skills. Through Sportivate programmes, young people are given the right support and know-how they need to give them the confidence to play sport in their own time. "

Mike Thomas, Director for Cornwall Sports Partnership said: "This regional success enables us to still celebrate the legacy of London 2012 here in Cornwall.  These projects have had such a positive impact and it really demonstrates the power that sport can have to not only develop communities but also changing individuals lives."

Short films about the winners can be viewed here!

Want to know more about Sportivate or Satellite Clubs Programmes and how you can get involved?
Please contact:
Lewis Sanders 01872 323335 or lesanders@cornwall.gov.uk for Sportivate
Paul Marsh 01872 323336 or pmarsh1@cornwall.gov.uk for Satellite Clubs