Inspiring healthy lifestyles wins big community award

Last updated: 05 August 2016
Inspiring healthy lifestyles' Katie Shone receives the 2016 Social Impact in the Community award from HRH The Earl of Wessex at the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s Community Sport and Recreation Awards.
Inspiring healthy lifestyles' Katie Shone receives the 2016 Social Impact in the Community award from HRH The Earl of Wessex at the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s Community Sport and Recreation Awards.

Inspiring healthy lifestyles has won a national award at the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s Community Sport and Recreation Awards.

‘Dance in the Community’ - a Wigan-based community dance project - won for Inspiring healthy lifestyles the 2016 Social Impact in the Community award at the event hosted by HRH The Earl of Wessex in London.

The award included a cheque for £1,000 from the Sport and Recreation Alliance. The money will be used to fund a club trip to a live performance in Manchester.

Celebrating the remarkable work of grassroots sport and recreation organisations

Running for more than 20 years, the Community Sport and Recreation Awards celebrate the remarkable work of grassroots sport and recreation organisations in the community.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance is the umbrella organisation for 320 national governing and representative bodies of sport and recreation in the UK. The Alliance acts to promote, protect and develop the interests of sport and physical recreation from the grassroots through to elite level.

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An independent panel judged the nominations for the Social Impact in the Community category sponsored by Hiscox and selected ‘Dance in the Community’ as the 2016 winner. The programme, which started in 2012 is delivered in partnership with Wigan and Leigh Homes and provides young people aged 8-16 years-old with the opportunity to take part in free dance sessions.

Children and young people who would not usually get involved in arts activities due to cost and lack of access are encouraged to take part. A team of six dance leaders, one part-time coordinator and five volunteers deliver eight free sessions a week, engaging participants and developing their confidence, improve communication and encourages positive behaviour.

Over the past year, the project has thrived and in 2015 alone, 374 participants took part with over 50% regularly attending classes for more than one or two years. Of those taking part, 45% come from some of the most deprived communities in the Wigan Borough.

'fantastic recognition of the hard work and commitment from the team'

Pete Burt, Managing Director of Inspiring healthy lifestyles said: “The Award is fantastic recognition of the hard work and commitment from the team to enhance the lives of young people in the community.

"We truly believe that working collaboratively with local partners enables us to deliver innovative ways of engaging young people to be active and make a real difference.

"To win the Social Impact in the Community Award is testament to this and we look forward to using the prize money to fund a club trip to a live performance in Manchester.”

'fantastic social impact in the local community'

Sam Franks, Regional Manager (Midlands, South West & Wales), Hiscox said: "Hiscox believe sport plays an important role in making our communities stronger and are proud to sponsor this award.

"The finalists for this award have demonstrated how grassroots sport is bringing communities together and is helping people boost their self-confidence, build new skills and improve mental health.

"Congratulations to Inspiring healthy lifestyles on the fantastic social impact they are having in the local community."

Andrew Moss, Chair of the Sport and Recreation Alliance said: “Inspiring healthy lifestyles has brought dance to the heart of a community and enabled young people the chance to be physically active on a regular basis. Importantly, the dance project has allowed participants to enjoy the benefits."