Our Key Achievements for Sporting Community of Bedfordshire in 2016
Posted: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:42 by Abi Bond
We are proud of what we as a County Sports Partnership, with our partners, achieved in 2016 to improve club facilities and sporting opportunities in Bedford & Luton. Here's the highlights:
The DCMS Sporting Future Strategy had just been launched and the sector was digesting the new direction of travel. We helped people to burn off their extra mince pies with a big Workplace Challenge Dodgeball competition in Bedford – we had 10 business with over 80 participants dodge, dive, ducking and dipping to glory.
NO LIMITS DISABILITY PROGRAMME FUNDS A RANGE OF ADAPTED BIKES
Our No Limits programme has funded a range of specially adapted bikes for those with disabilities or special needs to help get back into cycling. Approx at Stockwood park delivered 9 sessions a week = 12 hours of specialised activity, with over 40 users across the year - find out more here
WINTER SCHOOL GAMES - BRINGING 1000 LOCAL YOUNG PEOPLE TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE SPORT
Our Annual Award Winning Level 3 County School Finals took place at Inspire Sports Village with over 1000 young people of all abilities attending. Schools competed in swimming, athletics, table cricket, boccia, tag rugby, hockey, handball & rowing.
PROUDLY SELECTED AS A FINALIST IN A NATIONAL WOMEN'S SPORT TRUST AWARD
The women Sport Trust #BeAGameChanger Awards recognise those individuals and organisations doing the most to progress women's sport. We were honoured to be shortlisted for an inspiring initiative at a local grassroots level for our women in coaching project. This project had a target to qualify 30 female community enablers, activators or coaches with 150 women attending workshops – it finished with over 80 women gaining a qualification. These new leaders are now able to deliver programmes locally and use this model for other areas of Bedfordshire to get people more active.
THE FIRST WORKPLACE CHALLENGE CROSS-FORCES RUGBY TOURNAMENT
As there are now fewer and fewer opportunities within the forces to get involved in sport we organised a fun competitive rugby tournament where Beds Police, Beds Fire Service, HM Prison Service and The Army got together a team of 24 players & competed against each other. It was a great team-building event for all involved and many of the guys are still playing in a new monthly league to improve their skills & fitness ready for the next tournament in 2017. Check out the video here
VITAL CASH WINDFALLS SECURED FOR BEDFORDSHIRE BASED COMMUNITY SPORTS CLUBS
We successfully helped four community sports projects in Bedfordshire secure funding to improve their facilities through Sport England's Inspired Facilities Fund. These included: Funds to renovate one of England's oldest working Lidos – Woburn Lido, to be one of the best outdoor working Lidos in the South East of England. The funds received should secure the Lido for the next 15 years. Langford Football Club also secured funding for new floodlights and pitch levelling works on the training pitch at the site. This essential work will help the club strengthen its relationship with Langford Youth FC and allow them to offer the pitch for training and coaching. check out the video here
Two other projects, at Caldecote Playing Fields and Biggleswade Town FC have received conditional funding offers. Caldecote's project will improve the club house and supporting sporting facilities whilst Biggleswade Town FC will be upgrading their artificial surface to a 3G facility with supporting multi-sport equipment.
ANOTHER GREAT SUMMER SCHOOL GAMES COMPETITION
Our award winning annual Summer School Games is a fantastic opportunity for young people to be involved in the continuing legacy of London 2012 bringing culture and sport together. Each competition taking place is the Bedfordshire county final of that sport. Teams have had to compete in their School Games throughout the year before making it to the finals. We had approx 1000 children from mainstream and special schools around Bedfordshire competing in 7 different sports, and over 70 young leaders volunteering as School Games Makers. Although some schools did better than others, a fun time was had by all and each person left with a feeling of achievement. The event was supported by Zac Purchase, Olympic Medallist and British Rower and many local VIPS as it is a key event in the Bedford & Luton School Sporting Calendar.
SPORTIVATE FUNDING ENABLES YOUNG INACTIVE PEOPLE TO EXPERIENCE LIFE CHANGING ACTIVITIES
150 young people from some of the most deprived wards in Bedfordshire, in partnership with Bedfordshire YMCA, Bedford Free School, The Princes Trust & Tokko Youth Space and Bedfordshire Young Careers. Were provided access to Bedford's Canoe Trail Adventure School to enjoy water-based activities such as canoeing, paddle boarding, bush-craft and other team-building activities. The course & equipment was funded through Sport England's Sportivate Fund and was a life-changing experience for many attendees who now have a healthier lifestyle by learning these new skills.
QUEST RECOGNISED US AS AN EXCELLENT SPORTS DEVELOPMENT TEAM
By meeting Quest's high standards for excellent sports development teams, we were recognised for our commitment to providing quality service to our local community here in Bedfordshire. This is a fantastic achievement for our team, especially as only 8 CSP's in the country have this top rating and we are the first County Sports Partnership to achieve excellent in two consecutive assessments. Read more here
SUCCESSFUL COACHING FUNDING TO TRAIN 16 FEMALE BAME LIFEGUARDS IN LUTON
In partnership with Active Luton we organised and funded a Female Only National Pool Lifeguard course at Inspire Sports Village in Luton. This filled a vital need for female lifeguards to enable more BAME women to take up swimming locally and was part of our successful Women and Coaching Project and tailored to the specific needs of the BAME females attending. Sixteen brave women from Luton completed this intensive 3 month coaching programme and most have now taken on lifeguard positions at various Active Luton Sports Centres.
WORKPLACE CHALLENGE – SHAKE UP SEPTEMBER SUCCESS
As part of this national campaign we asked businesses across Bedfordshire to take some inspiration from the success of Team GB and Paralympics GB in Rio and to shake up their fitness routine by trying new sports and adding some activity into the working day. The top activities logged during the challenge were walking, cycling and running with 115 different types of activities logged
LAUNCHED SPORTS CLUB FORUM
Our first Sports Club Forum was held on Monday 10 October and we had a great turnout from sports clubs and NGB's around Bedfordshire, in total 45 people attended. It was an evening filled will information & inspiration with great feedback from those who attended. Clubs were provided with an update of the current Sport Strategy and what this meant for Bedfordshire – with a lovely discussion at the end with our expert panel for a Q&A session. Read more here
FORMED A PARTNERSHIP WITH FUNDING 4 SPORT
To help our local community improve their funding bids we've linked up with Funding4Sport, a Sports Funding Consultancy, to help with bid writing and provide guidance on applications. Free workshops were held during November and new bids have now been submitted to Sport England to improve local facilities. Find out more about how they can help with funding applications here
DUNSTABLE ROAD RUNNERS RECEIVE A BURSARY FOR 2 NEW RUN LEADERS
As part of our Women and Coaching Project we awarded Dunstable Road Runners (DRR) a bursary to help support 2 of their female runners become run leaders for the beginners running programme. Due to this funding the club grew from 60 – 120 runners and it continues to grow.. Read more here
SCHOOL GAMES MAKER CONFERENCE
As part of our award-winning School Games programme, young people aged 14 -25 from schools and educational establishments across the county were invited to attend this funded leadership event and spend the day learning and developing skills which will enable them to deliver and officiate their chosen sport at Level 1, 2 and 3 competitions. In total 120 young leaders from 16 schools completed the criteria to achieve their awards in Basketball, Cricket, Handball, Rounders & Tennis. This training will ensure that there is a continued increase in both the quality and quantity of school sport competitions for young people across Bedfordshire.
Sustainable Clubs: Retaining Children & Young People Workshop
We successfully delivered this free workshop to attendees from 12 sports clubs across Bedfordshire. We discussed the extensive research that was carried out by Sport England and how this insight can help to make local sports clubs more sustainable and attract and retain their members. This is the first in a series of workshops we will be delivering to help support our partners locally. Read more here
TOWARD AN ACTIVE NATION – PARTNER EVENT
Over 50 partners attended this conference on the new Sport England strategy. It was a full house which shows the commitment from local Bedfordshire sports clubs, and other partners, to work collaboratively with us to maximise investment into sport in the county and enable the delivery of effective sporting programmes that reach all of our local Luton and Bedford communities. Key Speaker & Heath Psychologist Dr Angel Charter really made the audience think about how changing behaviour and ways of communicating can have a huge impact. Read the presentations here…
LAUNCH OF NEW MISSION TO GET 50,000 PEOPLE MORE ACTIVE IN BEDFORDSHIRE
Watch this space!