Winners and finalists 2020

We've received a great selection of nominations this year from all areas across Nottinghamshire. Below are the selected finalists as chosen by our judges and the overall category winners. Thank you everyone for helping to make physical activity the norm in Notts!

Click on the below categories to view our finalists:

Project/Initiative/Innovation of the Year

WINNER: Evolve Boxing with the Live Team

Evolve Boxing with the Live Team (Nottingham)

The Live Team at Highbury Hospital work with individuals receiving in-patient treatment for their mental health, and have embedded physical activity into their work. Young adult males living on the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit were not engaging with this, and with careful planning and thought Evolve CIC and the Live Team highlighted the benefit of boxing, namely discipline, control and structure, and Gary Bulmer from Evolve CIC began to deliver on the ward. Individuals who had previously been unable or unwilling to access physical activity were suddenly taking part in weekly boxing sessions as part of their recovery, as a way to engage in physical activity and as a way to channel some energy and frustration. Patients have reported a positive change in their mood and their mental wellbeing. It also provided a positive interaction between patients and staff. A huge part of this success is down to Gary, his attitude and his ability to adapt and understand his participants.

Feel Good Families (Ashfield)

Developed using resident and local and national research, Feel Good Families is a new approach developed by Ashfield Health and Wellbeing Partnership to engage inactive people, encouraging families with children age 5+ to play, smile and be active together as a family in their local community. More than 400 families have signed up, creating a database to keep families informed of new activities and promoting existing community opportunities, including Active Autism sessions, free activities in leisure centres and Disney swims. Families have engaged in free park trails with themes such as princess and superhero, Toy Story and Halloween, with more than 1,200 participants. Learn to cycle sessions have given 63 young people and adults the chance to build their confidence to ride a bike, and Strictly-style dance class have been held for families to take part in together.

Hayd Road Community Cricket Club (Nottingham)

Haydn Road Community Cricket Club is a fun, social and inclusive initiative which brings cricket and much more to the surrounding communities of Basford, Hyson Green, Sherwood and The Forest. The first of its kind, the concept of the club is to facilitate only the non-traditional, softball formats of cricket where participation and social interaction are the main focus. Programmes and formats on offer include All Stars Cricket, Kwik Cricket, Women's Softball Festivals, Walking Cricket and Street Cricket. The club is also host to a variety of community-focused activities, including a fitness camp and dance classes.

Active Place award

Category sponsored by Strategic Leisure

WINNER: Flo Skatepark

Flo SkatePark (Nottingham)

After the previous occupiers closed their doors, Flo set up as a registered charity and reopened to the community with a fresh approach to how skateboarding should impact the community and be inclusive. Whilst making sure they are commercially viable, they are also conscious to make skateboarding, scootering and BMXing accessible to all. They set up Skate & Create sessions, working collaboratively with other organisations to create workshops around art, music and all things creative. They have worked with DS Active to engage young people with down syndrome, and with British Blind Sport to understand and overcome the barriers faced by people with visual impairments to access skateboarding. They have also worked with Stone Soup academy to set up sessions for children permanently excluded from mainstream schools, and with Nottingham City Homes to see how they can attract participants from lower social economic backgrounds.

Newark Sports and Fitness Centre (Newark and Sherwood)

The centre is home to many voluntary sports clubs, and this year has established its own Active Gym Club, giving recreational gymnasts an opportunity to compete. Otago falls prevention classes have been introduced, with centre fitness staff trained through partnership working with NCC Public Health team. There are a number of groups that use the centre's fully accessible facilities, including a Dementia Carers Group, disability friendly swim session, boccia and multi sports. The centre provides facilities for health and NHS patient groups, and operates a GP referral scheme and Heart Fit classes. The centre has partnered with Forest Community Trust to offer female disability football sessions. It also offers walking netball and walking cricket, in addition to walking football, providing social engagement and physical activity for older adults. It has introduced a VISPA Academy, which is bringing young people into coaching and volunteering, and provides funding towards recognised coaching qualifications.

Carlton Young Peoples Centre (Bassetlaw)

Since taking part in the Miles in May scheme, young people at the centre asked if they could carry the fitness on and asked for some gym equipment. It received donations of a spin bike and treadmill, and applied for a grant to buy other equipment. A local business fitted the equipment for free and since September the young people have been engaged in exercise. This has had a positive effect on the behaviour in the centre, and enhanced the experience the young people have. The centre has also been opened up for winter training for local junior football teams, as well as the local WI who are now using the centre for walking netball.

Inclusive Project, Group or Club of the Year

WINNER: Get Out Get Active Nottingham

Get Out Get Active Nottingham

The Get Out Get Active Nottingham supports the city's least active citizens to become more active through friendly, inclusive activity that provides an opportunity for disabled people, or people with long term health conditions, to enjoy activity alongside non-disabled people. The project has engaged more than 4,000 participants over three years, just over 20% of whom identified as having a disability or a long-term health condition. The project has delivered more than 37 different activities including Yoga, Walking Netball, Cycling, Couch 2 5k, Wheelchair Basketball, Swimming, Archery. More than 200 people have been trained in things such as Mental Health First Aid, Walking Netball Host, and Dementia Friends. The project has created partnerships with a host of non-traditional partners such as community organisations, disability charities and healthcare professionals, and members of the community have been supported to take ownership of community provision, access more opportunities and gain qualifications.

Active Lives Project The Live Team

The Active Lives project is delivered by the Live Team at Highbury Hospital and aims to increase engagement in physical activity with individuals receiving inpatient treatment as well as improving the quality of activity provision, education and information related to supporting people to continue engaging in physical activity on discharge to the community. The opportunity to take part in physical activity was regularly mentioned at patient council meetings as an area for improvement, including activities for service users who are unable to leave the wards. The project has delivered numerous sessions of different activities including Yoga, Chair Based Exercises, Gym sessions, Walking Groups, Zumba, Bowls and Boxing. These activities took place both on and off the wards meaning they were able to engage a broad range of participants and be inclusive of everyone receiving treatment at the hospital, even those who traditionally face the most barriers. The project has also established strong partnerships with Everyone Active and Get Out Get Active, as well as links with Active Partners trust, Notts County FC and local leisure centres.

Nottinghamshire Super 1s

Super 1s is a cricket programme designed to provide a safe environment for young people with disabilities to enjoy the physical and social benefits of an active lifestyle. The initiative, run by Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club in partnership with Lords Taverners, provides activities tailored to those with disabilities, and opens up avenues to progress to local cricket clubs. The scheme is open to any young person with a disability, with individuals who are physically impaired participating in the same activities as those with learning disabilities. The sessions have reached nearly 300 young people. This scheme has worked with leisure providers, youth groups, cricket clubs and education providers to provide the offer to as many young people as possible. Local volunteers and university students support the sessions, allowing them to gain valuable first-hand experience coaching young people and communicating with them.

Change4Life award

WINNER: Glyn Plummer

Glyn Plummer (Nottingham)

Glyn has Cerebral Palsy and minor Autism and uses a wheelchair. Over the last few years, Glyn has gone from doing no exercise to becoming a regular at the Get Out Get Active Swim for Health sessions, attending multiple sessions a week and building meaningful bonds with the Poolside Helpers. Glyn attends the sessions with his dad and his dad's partner and the trio enjoy having an activity they can all do together. Glyn has seen a remarkable improvement in his mobility and strength as well as a vast improvement in his mental health. Glyn has been supported to achieve his 1000m and 1500m swimming badges within the Swim for Health sessions. He has also begun taking part in the Race Running programme with Cerebral Palsy Sport. Glyn is also an advocate for other disabled people who are thinking about getting active, encouraging people to find something they enjoy and take it at their pace.

Josie Stapleton (Nottingham)

Josie would say herself that the Portland Centre has quite literally saved her life. Josie has suffered from numerous physical and mental health issues through her life but turned a corner when taring to work at the Portland Centre. Through the work that Josie carries out, she has become more physically active out of the work environment as well. Josie has taken part in various activities within the Portland Centre, such as programmed swim sessions, having a personalised programme developed for her to use within the gym and she also takes part in some of the sport clubs, such as Nifty Fifties and Walking Netball. Things she would never have done before, especially after having both knees replaced. Josie has supported a number of community events such as the 100 years celebrations of Constance Jeans and the Robin Hood Marathon. During Josie's time at the Portland Centre, the most noticeable impact would be the growth in the strength of her mental health. Josie has developed valuable coping techniques and above all, resilience. Josie has successfully completed a number of mental wellbeing courses completely from her own drive and determination, to help her understand her own conditions and offer that support and guidance to others too. One of many selfless deeds from a passional local lady.

Sentley Wilson (Ashfield)

Sentley was once 28 stone at his heaviest and wore 60-inch waist trousers, he had blood pressure over 200 and had difficulty walking up and down stairs. He then went for physio for his knees and was referred to a weight management scheme and then onto the Exercise Referral Scheme, which he continues to attend twice a week with his instructor Kelly. Sentley's dream was to always fly a Spitfire, but to do this he had to get his weight under 16 stone. He admits it wasn't the easiest thing to begin with to start exercising, but with the help of the physio and Exercise Referral instructors he got there and managed to fulfil his lifelong dream.

This Girl Can award

WINNER: Jayne Morton

Jayne Morton (Nottingham)

Jayne had a stroke in April 2018 which caused her to spend three months in hospital. The effect on both Jayne's physical and mental wellbeing was significant and left Jayne with weakness down her left side and a full-time wheelchair user. In April 2019 Jayne met community activator Kelly who, with the support of Jayne's husband Clive and her physio, helped Jayne to start swimming at the Swim for Health sessions at Southglade Leisure Centre. At these sessions Jayne was also supported by receptionist Annmarie and Swim for Health Pool Helper Jenna. Jayne has begun to build her strength and confidence. She has progressed from needing to be completely supported in the water to beginning to swim independently. Jayne has also started to walk a little again thanks to her hard work in the pool. Jayne also undertook a sponsored swim to raise money and awareness for the Stroke Association, achieving an amazing 31 lengths.

Alex Ross and Lisa Morris (Ashfield)

Alex runs Pretty Heavy Lifters, a sports and fitness service with a social conscience which has a significant impact in the district of Ashfield and the ex-mining town of Kirkby where it is based. Alex and Lisa have a very real understanding of the needs and issues women in the community face, and Alex puts herself out there as a living, breathing example of what can be achieved. Working in a voluntary capacity at the local youth centre, Alex runs sessions aimed at young women and has really changed attitudes and behaviours for those women. She is empowering them to have more confidence in themselves and their abilities and help them to channel this confidence into their lives. She does a lot of this work without proper thanks or recognition and is working closely with some of the young women, enabling their strength and confidence, worth and vision; to become ambassadors themselves to influence and empower their peers.

Chloe Parr (Newark and Sherwood)

Chloe played football from a very young age, but at 19 she stopped playing football and started getting into trouble with the police and ended up going to prison. After seeing an advert for Newark Town Ladies FC she attended a taster session and loved it. Chloe is now a valued member of the Newark Town team who always gives 100%, she has turned her life around thanks to football and the support of the team.

Community Group/Association/Team of the Year

WINNER: Forget Me Notts

Forget Me Notts (Rushcliffe)

Forget Me Notts is an initiative which harnesses the power of sport, and the special place which Trent Bridge holds in the community, as a vehicle to improve the quality of life of those who are living with dementia. Organised by the Trent Bridge Community Trust, the service has expanded to include a range of sports activity sessions for those with dementia to enjoy physical activity tailored to their ability levels. Sports offered at the monthly sessions include football, rugby, cricket, golf and ice skating, in partnership with the Nottingham Forest Community Trust, Nottingham Rugby, Edwalton Golf Club and the National Ice Centre. Sports sessions accompany the long-running monthly meet-ups where attendees take part in activities designed to stimulate mental activity. The growing numbers attending these sessions have hailed the camaraderie and warm atmosphere found at the groups. Carers of those living with dementia, meanwhile, report that the opportunity to socialise with people who are going through similar experiences to them is invaluable.

Notts County Football in the Community (Nottingham)

Notts County Football in the Community (FITC) are an independent charity which uses the power of sport, physical activity and Notts County Football Club to engage and empower local communities. They also operate Portland Leisure Centre, a community hub located within the heart of the Meadows. FITC has 80+ staff, plus 100+ volunteers who help deliver the work. They are fully embedded within the local community and focus on the key themes of sport development, health, inclusion: National Citizen Service, and education. They aim to support the local community based around three foundations of Need, Partnerships, and Funding. The charity supports and works with some of the most disadvantaged and marginalised socio-economic groups in Nottingham. They have a track record of delivering mental health projects and over the years have developed other innovative projects including Team Nottingham Versus Obesity a childhood weight management project; CARE a cancer rehabilitation exercise project, delivering their own swimming lessons, and running a refugee football project.

The Pythian Club (Nottingham)

The Pythian club is reaching out to some of Nottingham's most challenging youngsters and helping them turn their lives from crime into positive role models. It works with young people to provide boxing, football, music and drama. The Pythian club work tirelessly mentoring young people presenting opportunities and positive changes to children no matter what their culture, religion, gender or disability.

Community Coach/Activator award

WINNER: Kevin Henshaw

Kevin Henshaw (Ashfield)

Kevin is central to everything at Starbox Gym in Stanton Hill - from managing the gym to training the boxers, from linking in with wider community activity to finding investment. Kevin juggles Starbox with a full-time self-employed job but he is a passionate foster carer, his values and understanding of young people from challenging background is key to his success as a community coach. Kevin's approach of talking to local young people about what they would like from the gym and what it would take to encourage them to participate in activity has led to Starbox not only being a boxing gym but a social hub where they can meet other local young people, feel safe and progress in a meaningful physical activity. As one of the more deprived communities in Ashfield, Kevin has to work tirelessly to bring in funding to support local people to access the gym. Over summer 2019 Kevin ran a Young People's Fund project, offering free activity for local young people during the day and linking with a local deli owner who came into the gym to provide family cooking lessons - hooking in with Ashfield District Council's Feel Good Food programme.

Scott Johnson (Ashfield)

Scott is a youth and community centre manager at the Acre Young Peoples Centre in Kirkby. Scott is from the area and has the trust and close relationships within the community. By speaking with the young people he recognises that there are very few spaces where they feel comfortable and confident to be physically active. The Acre is a space where the young people come and feel safe and happy which allows them to explore different activity in a non-judging, relaxed environment. By listening to the young people and allowing them to shape the offer to meet their needs he has helped to develop a range of activity offers to ensure the young people can access physical activity such as rock climbing, cycling and bike maintenance and sessions with a personal trainer who has developed a great relationship, particularly with the women and girls in the sessions. Scott has also set up a community kitchen to help local children trapped in poverty, and has engaged the local school where young people with a physical disability attend.

Claire Wilmott (Mansfield)

Claire has been with Notts County Football in the Community since starting an Apprenticeship when she was 16, and she is now the Mental Health Coordinator. Claire has a passion to make a positive impact on people's lives and her dedication, empathy, selflessness and drive has seen her work with community based women's project, Right Mind, which has a real impact on the physical health and emotional wellbeing of the participants who now feel more able to manage day to day life as they are more resilient and fitter. With Claire's support the group have developed a peer support WhatsApp group which enables participants to support each other through difficult times. Claire has also had a real impact on children and young people in Nottingham, leading the Goals 4 Life provision. Claire has worked with Schools, youth clubs, CAMHS services and Social Service facilities engaging children and young people with physical activity sessions and workshops / conversations around mental health and wellbeing – resulting in the young people gaining in confidence and self-esteem, their behaviour has improved, they feel fitter and healthier, and are better prepared for life's challenges.

Special Recognition

WINNER: Cath Rodkoff

Cath Rodkoff (Broxtowe)

Cath is an inspiration to women in Nottingham. As a child, she wasn't keen on exercise. She has hypermobility syndrome and finds activity very painful. She never voluntarily exercised. As a student she owned a bike, but once graduating exercise became a distant memory. Fast forward 30 years, she is not only a very confident and accomplished rider, she has set up an award-winning group, Nottingham Girls Cycle, and is a qualified Breeze Champion. She has helped hundreds of women to take up cycling. In March 2014 she was part of a team which completed the Great Notts Bike Ride, and later that year was introduced to SkyRide, now called the HSBCUK Guided Ride programme, taking part in a three-mile easy route. The group was so welcoming that she joined more Sky Rides and just kept cycling. Recognising the absence of a local cycling group for women, she set up a Facebook page and group and Notts Girls Cycle was formed. Four years later, the group has over 400 members.

Phil Peat (Mansfield)

A keen football player, Phil sustained a mining injury in 1983, losing his right leg and fracturing the left tibia and fibula. His recovery took more than 18 months, learning to walk again, and while at the Nottingham Limb Centre he noticed a poster for amputee sport at Stoke Mandeville. He began his athletic career at Berry Hill Athletic Club and narrowly missed out on selection for the 1988 Paralympics. After competing successfully for the next two years he began a coaching career which has so far spanned 29 years. His first International coaching selection was in 1994 at the first IPC World Championships in Berlin, followed by the Atlanta Paralympics in 1996 where he was assistant team manager. Two years later he was appointed team manager for the 1998 IPC World Championships in Birmingham. Over the years Phil has represented Great Britain and Northern Ireland numerous times, and has coached athletes to medal success at European and World Championships as well as The Paralympic Games.

Lesley Salmon (Mansfield)

Lesley has spent a lifetime supporting her community, whilst also looking after her family. Lesley is a key holder for the community allotment, and the community centre in Bellamy. She has been the treasurer for the Bellamy stakeholder group and the tenants and residents' association in Bellamy for decades. She has a real passion and care for her community, particularly recognising that families and older adults in the area struggle to have things to do. Bellamy has very limited resources and she has worked hard to maintain these or seek support to build upon them. She has applied for funding, listened to what the community want, and organised multiple trips every year. More recently she has organised monthly litter pick sessions on the estate to make it a nicer environment. She supports the community newsletter and writes a quarterly column trying to encourage better use of the allotment. Lesley has a real care and passion to ensure people on the Bellamy Estate live healthier, happier lives.

Tony Judge (Rushcliffe)

Tony was diagnosed with Myeloma in 2018 and underwent a Stem Cell transplant before getting in contact with the CARE programme. Tony received a free six-month place and began physical activity to aid his recovery. When Tony first started, he suffered from fatigue and was extremely weak and didn't have much stamina. Tony began to get back to cycling 20+ miles a week, and after six months he decided to pay to continue with the sessions. Tony is now a CARE Mentor and offers his help and support to new participants. He also organises weekly coffee gatherings after sessions and set up a CARE Facebook group where participants can share advice. Tony has also now become an Ambassador for Notts County Football in the Community, helping to shape aspects of the programme as well as awareness raising.