'All their lives some kids, they’re told they’re never going to achieve anything’
• Access Sport’s BMX Legacy Project named Project of the Year
• Access Sport partner club Waltham Forest Hockey Club selected as Club of the Year
• Access Sport partner club leader Pani Theodorou recognised as the Inclusive & Active Ambassador of the Year
Access Sport’s BMX Legacy Project was named Project of the Year at the 2012 PRO-ACTIVE London Awards on a night that also saw Access Sport partner club Waltham Forest Hockey Club take home two awards.
Hosted by the Chair of the London 2012 Forum, Richard Sumray, this year’s PRO-ACTIVE London Awards for Sport and Physical Activity were held at The Kia Oval Cricket Ground on Friday, April 27th 2012 and saw a record number of nominations for awards.
From a list of 60 nominees, Access Sport’s BMX Legacy Project was awarded with Project of the Year for its work in developing participation rates in London and bringing together an array of partners, including British Cycling, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and the 5 host boroughs. The project has created 5 ‘new model’ BMX clubs and tracks in 5 Olympic Host Boroughs over the past year, engaging over 2000 young people and introducing BMX to the London Youth Games for the first time in its history.
Joe McTague, Club Development Manager at Access Sport: “It’s fantastic to receive this award for the BMX Legacy project. I would like to say thank you to everyone that has made the project a success so far, especially the volunteers that put so much time and effort into the clubs.”
Access Sport’s partner club, Waltham Forest Hockey Club picked up two awards on a night that recognised the inspirational work that volunteers do for community sport. Along with the Club of the Year Award, Forest Flyers’ Pani Theodorou, who is supported by Patrick Hopkins in the Disability Legacy Project, collected the Inclusive & Active Ambassador of the Year. Pani has been instrumental in coordinating the Forest Flyerz, a pan-disability hockey group in North London, attracting over 20 volunteers to attend training courses provided by Access Sport. The sessions run parallel to the mainstream youth section, proving a clear and seamless exit route. They told more about the club in their interview.
Pani Theodorou, Forest Flyerz Co-ordinator: “I felt so honoured to be shortlisted for this award, so to win the award is something I’m extremely proud of. And it’s made me even more determined to do more. The hockey sessions we’ve been running have been a big hit, and we want to continue to grow the sessions and get even more kids there – that will be my biggest reward. These sessions definitely couldn’t have happened without support from several key groups: Access Sport, for their funding and on-going support; Walthamstow Academy for allowing us free use of their facilities; Waltham Forest Hockey Club for their on-going support; and of course our amazing volunteers, without whom we couldn’t give the young people the attention they deserve. All of them share in this award with me.” See what she had to say in this video.
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Congratulations to all the winners at the PRO-ACTIVE London Awards:
• Young Volunteer of the Year – Jordan Sargeant
• School Partner of the Year – Greenhouse Charity
• Volunteer of the Year – Adam Coffman
• Coach of the Year – Pierre Aghabala
• PRO-ACTIVE North London Partner of the Year – Kim Henderson
• PRO-ACTIVE West London Partner of the Year – Middlesex Football Association
• PRO-ACTIVE Central London Partner of the Year – Dan Jarvis, Islington Council Leisure Team
• PRO-ACTIVE East London Partner of the Year – London Borough of Newham
• PRO-ACTIVE South London Partner of the Year – Peter Barry, Solidrock Academy