Dacorum Sports Awards
Every year we open the nominations for the Annual Sports Awards to give a little something back to all of the unsung heroes in our local sporting world. With individual, team and club awards up for grabs there are categories that ensure we get some wonderful stories, inspirational athletes and dedicated volunteers being thanked on an evening looking back at all the achievements of the past year and the future stars of tomorrow! To top things off all of our top three shortlisted candidates for every award are then submitted to the county Herts Service to Sports awards in December as we know we are the best in Hertfordshire so why not show off achievements and wonderful stories to the whole county.
Herts Learning Disability Games
Our annual event brings together teams and individuals of adults with learning disabilities from across the county to take part and compete in a number of different sports and activities throughout the day. Having started in 2012 to join the celebrations of the London 2012 Paralympic closing ceremony the event has gone from strength to strength with over 12 clubs and organisations taking part and new, exciting opportunities each year for the athletes to try out. This event brings together people from different clubs, with varying ability levels, all different ages, carers, family, friends plus lots of helpful individuals to create a day that both encourages healthy lifestyle and having fun!
Carers Take a Break
A fun, friendly session to try and give a little something back to hard working carers whether it be through their occupation or for a loved one. This project is made possible with £10,000 funding from The Awards 4 All Big Lottery Fund.
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Herts Active Together (HAT)
This programme is specifically designed for older adults who are currently inactive and/or do not take part in regular activities/are not members at any local facilities or clubs. Running throughout the year and partnering with five trusts around Hertfordshire, Sportspace is leading the programme of activities including taster sessions, beginner classes and light exercise classes to combine the best of gentle, fun exercise and socialising for older adults.
Get Set, Go Dacorum
A community sports activation fund running from 2014-2017 across the Borough of Dacorum to help local people to Get Active, Get Involved and Get Healthy! Coordinated by Dacorum Borough Council the three year programme is being delivered by local partners, clubs and organisations. It involves a wide range of sports and activities, there really is something for everyone.
For more information please visit www.getsetgodacorum.co.uk
Our aim is to provide assistance and free access to our leisure facilities to assist local athletes to achieve their full potential, helping them reach the next step in their sporting careers. Currently we are supporting just under 30 athletes in a variety of sports who are competing at different levels and all around the world!
This funding programme is coordinated by Sport England and aims to get more 11-25 year olds participating in sports/physical activity. With £56 million being invested from the National Lottery fund over six years, we have coordinated the Dacorum programme for the past four and a half years. To ensure local people are able to access programmes and clubs, Hertfordshire decided to split the funding across all the Boroughs so every financial year we distribute £9,000 worth of funding to local clubs and/or organisations that run a Sportivate project. Over 600 young people have taken part in one or more projects since we began back in 2011 and we still have a year and a half to go!
Helping young people take the leap from school sport to a club environment can be a difficult and challenging thing so Sport England have invested £3,000 per secondary school across the Country to help break down those barriers. Satellite clubs are ultimately extensions or “hub clubs” of a local sports club, which are based at a new venue (usually at the lead school) and specifically targeting 11-25 year olds. This is statistically the age we drop out of sport and often women or individuals with a disability find it even harder to continue taking part regularly for a number of reasons so each Satellite Club will have a particular sport and target group (whether it is age, gender or ability specific). So far we have developed 15 new satellite clubs across the Borough in 9 different sports with new enquiries coming in all the time!
SNAP Trampolining & Zumba
Thanks to the Special Needs and Active Play (SNAP) team who cover the west of the county we have been able to run taster sessions and courses in a number of sports/activities for children, teenagers and young adults with special needs. We run something every year with the group and due to the popularity of both Trampolining and Zumba, we have been able to ensure a regular course followed the taster sessions. We now have the two sports courses running at our sites throughout the year.
Fit 4 Fun
This is a funded project that aims to provide children with an insight to the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Our wonderful instructors go into local primary schools to deliver a four week programme to classes where they will try to equip pupils and parents with the skills and attitudes to make small, sustainable changes to their diet and daily exercise routines. The programme contains a pack for each young person to keep with topics including; making healthy food choices, physical activity diaries, the benefits of eating the recommended 5 portions a day, understanding energy balance in our bodies, sugar contents in drinks/foods and a number of healthy tips, alternatives & information to go alongside the fun/games physical activity aspect of the session.
Our local walks for pleasure in the countryside, which promote healthy lifestyle choices and social interaction with likeminded people. The programme takes place throughout the year with a friendly leader to greet you and each one has a different route and aim. We run short, medium and long rambles giving you the option of between 3-9 miles and then you can choose whichever you prefer whether it be a leisurely pace on the shorter routes or a slightly faster pace intended for the fitter/keener walker on the longer rambles.
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