Sports Development Officer becomes a Heart Hero

Watford Borough Council’s Sports Development Officer has been named a Heart Hero for all of the work she does to make people in the area more active.

Published: Monday, 25th September 2017

Delivering on Watford Borough Councils Sports Development Framework Caroline Roche works with a wide range of clubs, groups and organisations to promote opportunities for people to keep fit alongside those with the more traditional sporting aspirations.

The council has delivered on the Watford Get Active programme of free and low-cost sport and fitness activities in the town’s Central ward to improve health in the area. Caroline ensures this programme is managed and the scheme is now entering its fourth year and has received hundreds of thousands of pounds in funding from Sport England and other organisations. See what's coming up at Watford Get Active.

She arranges free swimming and gym sessions for young people aged under 19 at Watford Central and Watford Woodside leisure centres during their Easter and summer holidays.

Caroline was given the award by Heart FM in a prestigious ceremony at The Grove hotel after being nominated by Kate Jenkins, Founder & General Manager of Watford & Dacorum Cycle Hubs & Café.

Kate said: “Being a Sports Development Officer is more than just a job for Caroline. She has a real appreciation of sports club volunteers and a willingness to help, guide and encourage them. She has a real ‘can do’ attitude that makes things happen.”

Caroline said: “I was totally shocked to find out that I had been nominated for the award and was even more so when I was announced the winner. I have to say I’m lucky that my job and the support of the council enables me to do all this for the community and I’m very proud to have won this award.”

Caroline Roche is pictured on the right with Kate Jenkins.

Caroline Roche is pictured on the right with Kate Jenkins.


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