Watford Borough Council’s Watford Get Active programme of free and low-cost fitness activities has been named Community Project of the Year in the Hertfordshire Service to Sport Awards.
The programme – now in its fourth year – has received hundreds of thousands of pounds of funding, obtained by the council in grants from Sport England and other organisations. The activities, which cover everything from yoga to skateboarding, take place in and around Watford’s Central ward, helping improve fitness in the area. Have a look at what's coming up.
Since its launch, Watford Get Active has helped more than 3,900 people, with more than 46,690 recorded attendances at its events.
Cllr Karen Collett, whose portfolio includes overseeing the council’s community events, said: “We’re delighted to have been recognised in the Hertfordshire Service to Sport Awards. Watford Get Active is a fantastic community project. We have got so many people out and about exercising, enjoying a new activity, making new friends and improving their health. We hope that people can take inspiration from this project and look after their wellbeing for many years to come!”
Other Watford winners in the awards include football club Everett Rovers FC in the Paul Pearce Contribution to Disability Sport category. Mark Collins, who established the club’s all-inclusive offering to people of a range of abilities, was named Disability Coach of the Year. The Everett Rovers has been assessable for all of Watford’s young people for the past two years.
Lucy Lawrence, who teaches netball through Watford Get Active, came third in the Female Community Coach of the Year category. Cassiobury Parkrun director Sharon Davison, meanwhile, won the Herts Sports Partnership Directors Award.
The council has supported and worked in partnership with all of the winners, helping them establish their own sports and fitness offerings for the people of Watford.
The Service to Sport Awards bring together an array of coaches, instructors, officials, administrators and sports club volunteers to commemorate their contributions and commitment to sport in Hertfordshire. Nominations were received from all 10 local council areas of the county and covered more than 20 different sports, including fencing, running, football, judo and much more.
The awards are organised each year by the Herts Sports Partnership. The 2017 accolades were handed out during at a glittering ceremony in the University of Hertfordshire, hosted by Sky Sports F1 commentator David Croft ‘Crofty’.
From left, Deputy Mayor Cllr Peter Taylor, Watford Borough Council’s Sports Development Officer Caroline Roche, Community Sports Activator Freddy Chester, Cllr Karen Collett, and Head of Culture and Events Gary Oliver.