West Midlands Police Sports Awards: Celebrating grassroots community sport
Posted: Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:13
Community groups, coaches, volunteer's, clubs, County-Sports Partnerships and participants all gathered to join West Midlands Police and Sport England to celebrate the achievements of the Sport West Midlands project.
The Sport WMP project is a project aiming to reduce health inequalities and prevent crime and anti-social behaviour in 14-24 year olds. Their end of year celebration took place at Edgbaston Stadium on Monday 17th July and it was a night to remember for young people.
Five awards were presented alongside inspirational talks by guest speakers and performances in dance and music. Guest speakers included Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, Superintendent Keith Fraser, Mike Diaper OBE, Sport England, ex Birmingham City footballer Ian Clarkson and current players Wes Harding and Dan Scarr. The night was closed with words of advice from ACC Boycott and a music performance from international urban artist Roach Killa.
West Midlands Police Superintendent Keith Fraser said 'This is been ground breaking opportunity for West Midlands Police to partner with Sport England to use the power of sport and physical activity to produce more positive outcomes for society and prevent crime and antisocial behaviour. The project stretched across the whole of the West Midlands and is likely to reach 8000 young people in the areas where this support is most needed. It's been supported by all of the 3 County Sports Partnerships across the region. My personal thanks to the 3 directors for their support. The evidence coming in reflects a real positive impact on young people's lives. Once this is been evaluated we will be able to say more. In my view targeted sport/ activity-based preventative interventions, based on intelligence and local need are currently underutilised. It is fantastic to see the potential that this kind of partnership could bring to communities.
The benefits for communities and policing to prevent issues rather than deal with outcomes are evident in this partnership. Thanks to all who support it but most importantly thanks to the young people the volunteers and the communities who got involved to help turn young people's lives around'.
The awards evening featured awards for coach of the year, young volunteer of the year, participation award, power of sport award and project of the year.
Coach of the year
This award celebrated a leader or coach who has contributed significantly to the success of their team/club.
1st Dean Prentice- East Birmingham
2nd James Mcpike –South Birmingham
3rd Chris Wood –Wolverhampton
Young Volunteer of the year
This award recognised an individual who gives up their own time to help support their community.
1st Jack Franks –North Birmingham
2nd Alec Stanciu- East Birmingham
3rd Rajinder –Benson Project
This award recognised an individual's commitment to sport and taking an active part.
1st Tishika Tingle - Dudley
2nd Jon Franklin –East Birmingham
3rd Dimitri South Birmingham
Power of sport award
This award celebrated an individual who has made significant improvements to their life and a positive impact on others around them as a direct result of taking up sport or physical activity.
1st Batoul Ejrf- Coventry
2nd Jordan Pink
3rd Chandler Landucci Benson project
Project of the year
This award highlighted a project that has helped influence the development of sport whilst making a substantial contribution to the community.
1st Benson project Sandwell
2nd Positive Youth Foundation Coventry
3rd Safe Haven Project East Birmingham
On the whole the evening highlighted the success of the West Midlands Sport project and how local sports projects can have a positive impact on society.
Alison O'Connell, Sport Birmingham said 'Sport can play a huge role in bringing communities together and the Sport WMP project is an excellent example of this.
Community sport has the power to build networks, improve health, develop opportunities, reduce anti-social behaviour and support education.
At Sport Birmingham we work with a wide range of grass roots sports clubs, charities, projects and community organisations including a new youth engagement programme young people based in Nechells, Stechford and Perry Barr'