Awards for sporting stars as new plan aims to get Wandsworth active

Published: Thursday 1st March 18

Some of the borough’s top sportspeople have been rewarded for their hard work and success, as the borough agrees a five-year strategy to get all its residents more active.

All the winners

The 2017 Active Wandsworth Awards have shone the spotlight on some of the borough’s most successful and dedicated  sports people clubs and coaches.

The awards, hosted by Sky Sports presenter David Garrido, recognised exceptional achievement last year. There was a strong martial arts theme to this year’s Sports Personality Winners with Mohammed Nour scooping the Sports Person of the Year Award. He finished the year as the Number 1 ranked fighter in Taekwondo and represented Great Britain at the European Championships. Nia Blackman collected the Junior Sports Person of the Year Award following her success as the Pan America Champion and World Number 1 Junior Jit-Jitsu champion.

Carney’s Community won the Physical Activity Project of the Year Award following their work with disadvantaged young people delivering mentoring and boxing fitness sessions. Volunteers were also recognised across a number of sports and organisations, including Ivor Northey at Herne Hill Harriers who received a special recognition for Outstanding Contribution to Sport and Physical Activity.

The awards are spearheaded by the Active Wandsworth Network made up of the council, the council’s leisure contractor Enable, sports clubs and other key members of the sporting community. The network has also been key to drawing up a new five year strategy to get Wandsworth residents off the sofa and exercising.

The Active Wandsworth Strategy, discussed  by councillors last week, will find ways to motivate people and give them the opportunity to keep active. It was drawn up following extensive consultation last year and aims to make Wandsworth the most physically active borough in London by 2022.

It proposes developing a workforce of coaches and volunteers, targeting parts of the borough where people are inactive and removing the barriers that stop people being active, such as lack of facilities or cost.

Members of the council’s community services committee agreed the strategy last week, and it will now provide a framework for an action plan.

Wandsworth's leisure spokesman, Councillor Jonathan Cook, said: "We recognise the importance of sports and physical activity to keeping people mentally and physically well and the role it plays in creating strong communities.

“That’s why the council, together with its sports and leisure provider Enable and the Active Wandsworth Network, have drawn up the new Active Wandsworth Strategy, and why we hold the annual Active Wandsworth awards to show some of the amazing work going on and to thank the many people active in sports for their dedication.”

To find out how to be part of the 2018 Active Wandsworth Awards visit www.enablelc.org/awa2017.

Read more about the Active Wandsworth Strategy

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