Derbyshire Village Games On Target - Annual Report 2011

11th Jul 2011

Our 1st annual report is out now.  Thanks to all staff and partners for a great year. Thanks also to our great design team, Design Everything, for turning it around in two weeks! 

Derbyshire Village Games is a highly visible, accessible community spirited sport project across rural Derbyshire. It uses inter village competition, festivals and events to encourage people to participate in sport and recreation. It is the catalyst to a programme of club development, coach development and volunteer recruitment, and builds village identity and social interaction.

Between 2010 and 2013, Derbyshire Village Games aims to work with over 60 villages per year, developing 2–3 new sporting opportunities in each. Coaches and volunteers will be identified in each village, to ensure that activity developed are sustained into the long term future.

“ It is difficult now to remember the county before Village Games – so embedded have the officers become in the local sports structures. Travelling around to different meetings in the county, for example Community Sport Network meetings, the officers and the work they are doing are frequently mentioned in a very positive light. They have added a resource to work at a community/neighbourhood level that neither Derbyshire Sport or local authority sport development staff were able to service effectively.”
Margaret Blount, Assistant Director, Derbyshire Sport

“ The Village Games Officers have provided an opportunity for local communities to improve the sport and recreation offer within their villages, according to their needs and interests. The Village Games event at Fairholmes and the Adventure Activity Day at White Hall gave children and their families a wonderful chance to try some of the many exciting outdoor activities available on their doorstep in the National Park. This is an excellent partnership project which helps deliver the aims of Active in the Outdoors, the recreation strategy for the Peak District National Park.”  Judy Merryfield, Recreation Strategy Manager, Peak District National Park Authority

“ Village Games Co-ordinators have been instrumental in developing new Jog Derbyshire groups by recruiting new volunteer leaders as well as promoting and supporting new group launches. The Village Games project has had an extremely positive impact on Jog Derbyshire and continues to show signs of growth.”  Tom Crampton, Jog Derbyshire Co-ordinator

“ The Derbyshire Village Games project has had a significant impact in the High Peak. It has acted as a catalyst to deliver new and innovative sports programmes, has provided a strong presence for front line sports development in the district.
It has brought together a number of partners and attracted additional funding that adds considerable value to what High Peak Borough Council provides. The High Peak Village Games Officer has done a wonderful job in engaging the community with very positive feedback. This reflects the Council’s view that this has proved to be a very successful sports project that contributes to our priorities, ensuring that more people get the opportunity to participate, volunteer and coach sport.”
Chris Nightingale, High Peak Borough Council

Year 1 Progress Report
From July 2010 to June 2011, the Village Games team have developed clubs, activities, events and festivals with 50 communities across Derbyshire.
There have been over 33,000 attendances at Village Games events, activities and clubs over the past year. 156 coaches and 160 volunteers have supported the activities, which have ranged from Return to Netball, Rounders, Streetdance, T’ai Chi, Jogging, Adventure Sport, Parkour, Tennis, Basketball, Boccia, Chair Based exercise, Futsal, Zumba, Pilates, Football, Table Tennis, Circuit training and    Well done again
much more...

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