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Active Tameside shortlisted in finals for 6 ukactive awards

Active Tameside has been shortlisted for 5 ukactive awards, which has resulted in them being put forward for a further award – the prestigious title of Outstanding Organisation of the Year.

The ukactive Awards covers the broad sports and physical activity sector and is fiercely competitive. This year’s finalists represent the leading performers from the private, public and third sectors. The winners will be announced during the Active Uprising event at Manchester Central on 21st June.

Steven Ward, CEO at ukactive, said: “Judging by the level of the entries we received for the Awards, it’s fair to say that the bar has truly been raised, with some outstanding examples of business excellence, specialist impact and individual merit.”

Active Tameside has been shortlisted for the following awards:

ukactive Kids Award

Active Tameside’s Active Education programme is now entering its 20th year and the team are delighted to receive recognition from ukactive. The services engages over 8,000 young people per week within curriculum PE and, from this, it creates pathways for young people to continue being active within the community sport setting.

Healthy Communities Award

The Live Active service provides strong and sustainable pathways into activity for Tameside residents who are inactive and have a long term health condition. Participants are supported through a person-centred programme, to make lasting behavioural changes that positively impact on their ability to manage their health condition and improve their quality of life.

Current outcomes for the service are showing as clinically significant improvements in health, with the service performing way above the national average in all service metrics. The team are very proud that these outcomes have been recognised through being shortlisted.

Inclusion and Disability Award

The Everybody Can programme provides services for all, removing barriers to ensure everyone is given a chance to reach their potential. It focuses on enhancing social and life skills, increasing health and wellbeing and having an impact on holistic development, creating a pathway to independence. The diverse and person-centred programme sees the team engage with over 46,000 children, young people and adults each year, as well as providing 17,400 hours of respite provision. The team are elated to be finalists.

Physical Activity Champion – Chelsea Mears-Graham

Chelsea currently works on the Live Active programme, supporting clients with long term conditions to address their barriers and inspire them to participate in physical activity. Prior to this role, Chelsea worked at Active Tameside for over 13 years, teaching children’s swimming lessons and as a Gym Instructor.

Chelsea embodies the ukactive mission to get more people more active, more often. She helps to motivate and support people to compete in triathlons, ultra-runs and swim challenges. Chelsea was nominated by Trafford College to enter the World Skills UK Fitness Trainer competition and made it to the national semi-finals. She finished in the top 8 best personal trainers in the UK. Reaching the ukactive finals for Physical Activity Champion is testament to her ongoing dedication and passion within this field.

Unsung Hero Award – Sylvia Parker

Sylvia works as part of the Everybody Can Supported Services provision, which offers adults with additional needs or a disability the opportunity to grow and reach their potential. Sylvia suffered from an acute stroke in October 2017, but Sylvia only saw this as a barrier that she needed to overcome. Therefore, in January 2018, against the opinions of many others, Sylvia managed to return to work and the team are delighted that she has been shortlisted for an award.

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