In this video, the not-for-profit Community Sports Trust shows how their innovative, three-year, grassroots sports pilot project “Derbyshire Village Games” has helped get people of all ages and abilities fitter and more active.
The Year Two Annual Report shows it’s been a resounding success:
- More than 25,000 participants in more than 100 villages.
- More than 120,000 attendances at 190 weekly clubs & activities & 180 events.
- We’ve recruited 1,113 volunteers and 833 coaches.
Examples of local people who’ve benefited from Village Games include:
Ex Olympic Swimmer, Vicky Hayles. She says “Hayfield is quite secluded. We don’t have facilities like high-flying gyms and because we’re in the country we do struggle. That’s why the Village Games has been so amazing – we have jogging groups, Zumba, pilates, netball – you name it and there’s something available at hardly any cost, any day of the week. That, for a small community, is quite a privilege. I hope it can continue because it’s benefitted so many people I know”.
Retired PE teacher Liz Broomhead MBE, from Hartington Young People’s Activity Group (who was awarded her honour for four decades of voluntary service to England Netball). She says “For me personally it’s been a godsend. It would be totally disastrous [if Village Games were unable to continue]. The knowledge they have about where to go, what to do and the simple things like producing certificates, medals and banners to attract sponsorship and funding – for them to be there for me is absolutely essential and critical.”