Inspirational project wins national award

StreetGames award 2015AN inspirational Wigan project has won a national award which celebrates its contribution to changing the lives of young people through sport.


Wigan StreetGames Network has won the Securing the Future award from national sports charity StreetGames in recognition of the project’s contribution to the local area.


The award was presented at the annual StreetGames National Awards Night, which highlights the admirable work being carried out by community projects across the UK. The awards ceremony also serves to recognise the exceptional staff and volunteers who are dedicated to delivering sport to young people in disadvantaged areas.


Wigan StreetGames Network is a partnership of four organisations (Communities United Project, WLCT – which delivers community sports opportunities on behalf of Wigan Council, Wigan Warriors Community Foundation and Leigh Centurions Community Foundation) working together to ensure sustainable community sport.


The partnership delivers 10 Doorstep Sports Clubs and two Us Girls sessions plus several other projects which utilise the StreetGames principles. In total, an average of 600 young people attend sessions across Wigan each week.


Wigan StreetGames Network was chosen from nearly 1,000 projects from across the country, with judges applauding the project’s commitment to helping to change the lives of young people in Wigan by giving them the opportunity to access and enjoy sport.


After collecting the award, Wigan StreetGames leader, Chris Essex-Crosby, said: “Wigan StreetGames Network is delighted to receive this award.  It recognises the hard work and dedication of the partners in delivering our aim of sustaining the future of StreetGames and other community sports projects in the borough.


“In 2014 we have shared good practice and resources to deliver joint training opportunities and run neighbourhood festivals.  Our biggest achievement is securing £50k from Wigan Council’s Deal for Communities programme to deliver an enhanced Volunteering programme over the next three years.


“StreetGames is an essential partner of the Wigan StreetGames Network, providing access to training to develop our staff and volunteers, research and insight that support our funding bids and funding and resources to deliver projects.”


Jane Ashworth OBE, CEO of StreetGames, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Wigan StreetGames Network and shows the amazing impact they have had on the lives of young people in Wigan. The team at Wigan StreetGames Network has worked tirelessly to bring sport into the community at the right time, to the right place, for the right price and in the right style. We look forward to giving continued support as they develop their excellent work reaching even more youngsters in Wigan.”


Launched in 2007, national sports charity StreetGames is supported by Sport England, Sport Wales and Coca-Cola Great Britain. StreetGames provides support to a network of 638 projects in disadvantaged communities across the UK, which help to make sport accessible and offer volunteering opportunities to young people. Since its launch, nearly three million young people have benefited from StreetGames projects.


This year the StreetGames National Awards were supported by accountancy practice, Grant Thornton, and took place on Tuesday 17 March at the University of Warwick. They were presented by broadcasting legend John Inverdale.

Last updated: 14 April 2015