Derbyshire Village Games Proves We Can Keep The Olympic Flame Alive

10th Sep 2012

The High Peak based not-for-profit Community Sports Trust is today publishing its second annual Impact Report on its innovative, grassroots sports, pilot project ‘Derbyshire Village Games’ and is also launching a promotional video trailer with soundtrack by X Factor audition sensation, Lucy Spraggan.

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The CST believe their success over the past two years proves it is possible to get people fitter and more active by helping local communities set up regular classes, clubs, activities and events.  With a year to run until the end of the initial three year £850,000 funding package, Project Manager Hayley Lever believes Derbyshire is leading the way in showing how we can capitalise on Britain's success at London 2012.

Next month the CST will be launching  a “Supporting Village Games” campaign to make sure the project continues beyond July 2013 when their current funding runs out. 

For the past 2 years the CST’s six Village Games Officers based in each rural district have worked - in partnership with Derbyshire Sport, rural district councils, Sport England, Rural Action Derbyshire and the Primary Care Trust - to help local people set up regular classes, clubs and activities right on their doorstep using parish halls, Women’s Institutes, community centres and playing fields.


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.

Project Manager Hayley Lever, who volunteered as a Games Maker at the Velodrome said:  “I've witnessed first hand the amazing achievements of Team GB.  We’re fired up to keep the Olympic flame alive.  We want to build on the inspirational efforts of our Olympians and now Para-athletes to provide a real long-term legacy for people of all ages and abilities.”

“Our success here in Derbyshire over the past two years proves our grassroots approach works.  We’ve helped thousands of people in more than a hundred villages across the county get fitter and more active and make new friends by providing classes, clubs and events right on their doorstep.” 

For more information, please click here download a pdf copy our Year 2 Annual Impact Report.

To view our Derbyshire Village Games promotional video featuring Lucy Spraggan’s soundtrack, go to our home page or You Tube.  (See below for quotes from interviewees in video).

To find out more about how to get involved visit or phone project manager Hayley Lever on 01663 751608 / 07947 897015 or email


Notes to Editors:

For press & media enquiries please contact: Lissa Cook 07818 411791 / 01663 751 126 or email

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Quotes from interviewees featured in our promotional video include:

1. Ex Olympic Swimmer, Vicky Hayles said:  “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”.

2. 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) said:  “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.”

3. Chris Nightingale, Leisure Services Team Leader at High Peak Borough Council said:  “Overall the project’s been hugely successful - we’ve seen thousands of attendances across a huge range of sports that as an authority we don’t have the capacity to offer in the community and we see this project as adding a huge amount of value to what leisure services does so in addition to our leisure centres and other mainstream things this really complements it well.  And the feedback from the public has been fantastic it really has been one of our flagship, partnership projects over the last two years.”