The best Sportivate and Satellite Club participants and projects crowned at event in Parliament.
Sport England announced the 2014 winners of the Sportivate and Satellite Club awards at an event on 21 October. The ceremony brought together the top three Sportivate and Satellite Club regional winners and revealed which young person and project would be crowned the national winner.
During the event, MPs were given a taster of what it’s like to take part in a Sportivate or Satellite Club session.
Roundhouse Boxing gave MPs the chance to hone their skills in the ring, while Lancaster Youth Cycling, one of the winners, got MPs pedalling away on spin bikes.
Other winners included Onna Ju Jitsu Satellite Club based at Zara Sports Centre in Bradford, which was crowned Satellite Club of the year. The club introduced Ju-Jitsu into the heart of Bradford in November 2013 – now 34 girls aged 11-15 are regularly taking part in the sport.
Coach Mumtaz Khan described how her own childhood experiences helped her to connect with the girls. "I used to be one of the kids who would leave their PE kit at home in the hope of avoiding sport,” she told the audience. “I had low self-esteem and anger management issues. I came across Ju-Jitsu when I was 20 and it turned my life around. For the first time in my life I enjoyed a physical activity and found something I was good at. I feel that self-defence skills should be taught to all school children and women to help keep them safe and healthy."
The full list of the 2014 winners are:
Sportivate Participant of the Year
- Gold Award – Vicky Rowe (equestrianism), Cornwall Sports Partnership
- Silver Award – Najmul Kahar (boxing), South Yorkshire Sport
- Bronze Award – Nicola Shaw (badminton), GreaterSport
Sportivate Project of the Year
- Gold Award – Lancaster Youth Challenge (cycling), Lancashire Sports Partnership
- Silver Award – Sportivate Special Yoga Works (yoga), Active Gloucestershire
- Bronze Award – Sportivate She Shredders (skateboarding), Active Sussex
Satellite Club Participant of the Year
- Gold Award – Brandon Humphries, (wheelchair basketball), Wiltshire and Swindon Sport Partnership and British Wheelchair Basketball
- Silver Award – Billy Moore (trampolining), Sport Hampshire and Isle of Wight and British Gymnastics
- Bronze Award – Charlotte Gilligan (rugby union), West Yorkshire Sport and the Rugby Football Union
Satellite Club of the Year
- Gold Award – Onna Ju Jitsu, West Yorkshire Sport
- Silver Award – Roundhouse Boxing Club, Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent
- Bronze Award – Marlborough Netball Club, England Netball and Wiltshire and Swindon Sport Partnership
The project and club winners received a glass trophy along with sports equipment vouchers to buy equipment to help them to continue their work in their communities, and the individual winners received a glass trophy and a Premier League goody bag.
You can see the photos and tweets from the event here: https://storify.com/sport_england/sportivate-and-satellite-club-awards-2014