Sussex Success at School Games Summit 2017
Two leading Sussex women were up for awards at the 2017 School Games Summit for their contribution to school sport in Sussex. Taking place in Telford in mid-November, the summit was attended by three members of the Active Sussex team who work on Primary Schools, School Games and the Parallel Youth Games. Sussex ladies were nominated in both the School Games Organiser of the Year and Innovation Award categories.
School Games Organiser of the Year
Sussex’s own Teresa Bennett was one of three finalists for the School Games Organiser (SGO) of the Year. Teresa, or Mrs Bennett as she is known by students at The St. Leonards Academy, was recognised for her enthusiasm, strong work ethic and positivity in her work with young people in Sussex. Her career in school sport spans an impressive 30 years and it was undoubtedly her experience and positive character that led to Teresa being awarded the South Area SGO of the year earlier this year.
See colleagues and Active Sussex’s Jo Ashworth speaking about Teresa and her achievements in this short video clip (until 2.10):
Recognised for her work with ‘Get Girls Active’, Sussex’s Holly Prescott was awarded the Innovation Award in recognition of her work to engage 11-16 year old girls to get active. Holly’s experience working with this harder to reach group, meant that she knew how to approach them and get their input on barriers and opportunities to get physically active.
The results of project were encouraging with all Mid-Sussex secondary schools taking part in the project. As a result, 350 girls are now engaging with weekly activity sessions. 50 girls are also now regularly attending sessions at leisure centres and gyms locally.
Holly has the follow advice to people setting up activities for this group:
- Communicate effectively with the schools involved
- Pick slots that work for the girls and the schools like lunch time
- Carefully build relationships with all providers including groups, leisure providers and instructors
- Constantly communicate about achievements with all partners