Luton Ladies Sport Coaching Project Selected as Finalist in National Women Sport Trust Awards!
Posted: Mon, 30 May 2016 14:45 by Abi Bond
Bedfordshire's teamBEDS&LUTON Me Time Leaders Coaching project was selected as a finalist at The Women's Sport Trust #BeAGameChanger National Awards for their work progressing women's coaching in the local area.
team BEDS&LUTON, in partnership with Active Luton, is working hard to connect with local Luton communities who are disengaged from mainstream sports provision due to a lack of opportunities, role models and female workforce. Female only leadership and activator courses have been successfully introduced and fully funded with over 80 local women to date having either completed a coaching qualification or have signed up to complete one, in a variety of sports.
Through effective partnership with Active Luton, community groups and Denbigh High School a National Pool Lifeguard Qualification course, which is sensitive to the cultural needs of BAME females, has been developed. This course allows 16 women to become qualified lifeguards and help service the need for more women only swim sessions in Luton. One inspirational female has already completed the qualification and has plans to use this with community groups to get more females swimming locally.
Michelle Morris, Coaching Development Manager, commented:
Well what a brilliant evening Catrina and I had at the #BeaGameChangerAwards Evening. Congratulations to all the winners and the finalists it was such an amazing event and so inspiring to hear about everyone's stories. We were honoured to have been a part of it surrounded by so many inspirational people working in women's sport. A massive thank you to everyone that voted for us we really appreciated it. What an exciting time to be involved and working in sport at the moment!!
In addition a Netball Activator Course has also been designed in partnership with the Bedfordshire Netball Development Officer to introduce women to the game and hold sessions with their friends, family and work colleagues. This is being held on Saturday 4th June 2016 at Denbigh High School in Luton. For more information and to register your interest for this please contact Michelle@teambedsandluton.co.uk
If you have an interest in a certain qualification such as netball, badminton, football, walking or rounders' and would like to be a role model to help get women in your area more active then get in touch. Funding is available for women to help them improve their skills so please contact the Coaching Development Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
To find out what women only activities are available in your area to participate in please contact Active Luton and the 'Me Time' programme; http://www.activeluton.co.uk/me-time
Women's Sport Trust
The Women's Sport Trust #BeAGameChangerAwards recognise those individuals and organisations doing the most to progress women's sport. The Awards also play a part in raising the profile of women's sport by generating extensive media coverage. Microsoft are the headline sponsor of the #BeAGameChanger Awards 2015-2017.
Following a public nomination process and shortlisting by The Women's Sport Trust's Board of Trustees, the finalists in each category were chosen by an expert panel. Our Me-Time Coaching project was one of the finalists for the Inspiring Initiative - Local/Grassroots level. This award was sponsored by Inclusion@Lloyds and is for a local/grassroots project, campaign or enterprise that proved how irresistible women's sport is. This initiative inspired others to value, participate in, watch and support women's sport.
team BEDS&LUTON County Sports Partnershipwww.teambedsandluton.co.uk
team BEDS&LUTON is one of 45 County Sports Partnerships across England.
They bring together a range of groups including local authorities, national governing bodies, coaches, clubs and volunteers to develop a strong sporting infrastructure that ensures sport and physical activity is easily accessible for everyone in Bedfordshire. Their vision is to work in partnership at the heart of the community to support, develop and promote high quality opportunities for people from all backgrounds and abilities to get involved, stay involved, and succeed in sport and physical activity in Bedford and Luton.
This year the CSP aims to qualify 30 female community enablers, activators or coaches across Bedfordshire with the new coaching project; 'REACH' http://reachintocoaching.co.uk. These females will then be deployed into a number of delivery sports programmes locally.
They also run Sport England projects locally such as Sportivate (sport for 14-25 year olds), The Summer School Games (30 June 2016), Workplace Challenge (getting local workforces active) and No Limits (a disability project providing inclusive sporting activities).
For further marketing information & photos please contact: Abi Bond, team BEDS&LUTON