2014 Derbyshire 'Shining Light' Volunteer Announced

4th Aug 2014

Repton Youth Leader Hands Over Baton to Jog Alfreton Leader

On the second anniversary of London 2012, Derbyshire’s Community Sports Trust and the Community Games are showing the Olympic legacy lives on by celebrating the volunteers and community ambassadors the Games inspired.

The Community Sports Trust (which manages Jog Derbyshire on behalf of Derbyshire Sport) is once again honouring a standout volunteer in Derbyshire whose hard work has been keeping the London 2012 Olympic spirit alive in our local community.

Last year’s Shining Light, Repton Rags Youth Group leader Kate Gallagher, will hand over to our 2014 Shining Light, Jog Alfreton Leader, Amy Bradley for her commitment, energy and enthusiasm in helping visually impaired runner Tom Briggs achieve his dream of running the London Marathon.  Amy wins a £100 voucher from Derby Runner.

CST Operations Manager Cathy Rooney, said, “We’ve nominated Amy because of her support for Tom.  They trained through the long, cold winter months, learning the skill of running tethered together, going out with the Jog Alfreton group and doing races to learn to run in a crowd situation.  We’re so proud that they crossed the finishing line in 5:06:52 raising £1,686 for the RNIB.”    

31 year old Amy Bradley, a radio producer from South Normanton, said, “I'm honoured - although the only shining light around here is Tom.  I wish I could bottle up Tom's unrelenting passion, grit and determination and sell it.  I'd be a very rich person. He inspires me all the time.”  

Tom Briggs from Ripley, an Equality Development Officer for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, said, “I am delighted Amy’s efforts are being recognised as her guidance, encouragement and practical solutions such as suggesting the use of a tether, enabled me to achieve my goal of completing the London marathon and I now feel inspired to compete in further races.”

Back in 2012, the Olympic and Paralympic Games paid tribute to torchbearers across the country. One year later, Community Games mirrored this spirit by recreating the 70-day torch relay and each day crowned standout Community Games volunteers as Shining Lights at every location on the trail. This culminated in Lord Coe being named as the 70th Shining Light at the Copper Box Arena on the one year anniversary of London 2012.

Lord Coe says: “Games Makers had an important role in the success of London 2012. In fact volunteers have been integral to the success of the Olympic Games since they were first used in 1948. The Community Games Shining Lights bring this Olympic and Paralympic ethos into our everyday lives by organising great activities for our families, friends and neighbours to enjoy, whilst simultaneously encouraging them to be more active. These volunteers truly deserve this recognition.”

Community Games is an Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy programme funded by the Social Action Fund and delivered by the County Sports Partnership Network (CSPN) and the YMCA. Both organisations share Lord Coe’s value of volunteering and the difference they make in communities.

Denise Hatton, chief executive of the YMCA says:  “Volunteering is vital to everything we do at YMCA. We rely on the enthusiasm and generosity of people in our communities to drive our initiatives and achieve great things for young people, so we value and have huge respect for volunteers. That’s why we support Community Games with so much energy and why I’m personally so delighted to see those donating their time and skills to community activities getting the recognition they deserve again this year through the Shining Light initiative.”

Lee Mason, chief executive of the County Sports Partnership Network (CSPN) says:  “Ask a crowd of people who their sporting heroes are and you’re guaranteed to hear the names Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis. London 2012 had a huge impact on our perception of sport, from the athletes we admire to encouraging us to participate ourselves - the legacy is still going strong two years on thanks to the volunteers keeping the Olympic spark alive through Community Games. The aim of the Shining Lights initiative is to celebrate these unsung heroes and recognise the contribution they make to community life.”



Image captions:

Amy Bradley & Tom Briggs running London Marathon 2014

Amy and Tom training, Jog Alfreton, photo credit Steve Ingers Photography

2013 Shining Light Kate Gallagher


Press release for immediate release    
Date: Monday 4th August 2014
For more info please contact: Lissa Cook 07818 411791 / lissa@communitysportstrust.co.uk

For more information on Community Games visit www.communitygames.org.uk.

IMAGES: Click here to download high resolution images of Amy and Tom https://www.flickr.com/photos/lissacook/sets/72157645495050765/

Notes To Editors

•    The Community Sports Trust is a Derbyshire based not for profit Community Interest Company which manages community-based sports development projects.  Our vision is of communities where people of all ages and interests take part and compete in sport and recreation opportunities with a strong sustainable sports infrastructure using high quality volunteers, coaches and leaders.
•    Our flagship initiative is the Derbyshire Village Games run in partnership with Amber Valley Borough Council, Bolsover District Council, Chesterfield Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Erewash Borough Council, High Peak Borough Council, NE Derbyshire District Council, S Derbyshire District Council, Derbyshire Sport, NHS Derbyshire County, Peak District National Park Authority and Sport England with funding from the National Lottery.  
•    Inspired by the 2012 Olympics, this innovative project’s aim is simple - we want people of all ages and abilities in villages across the county to get active.  Our network of Village Games Coordinators and Community Sports Activators work at grassroots level delivering sport on the doorstep.  
•    We also manage Jog Derbyshire on behalf of Derbyshire Sport. Our network of jogging groups, based all over Derbyshire, can help you get fitter & be more active by starting to jog regularly.  Qualified Jog Derbyshire Leaders guide beginners & returning runners through specially designed, gentle walking & jogging programmes.  Have fun & make new friends with people of similar fitness levels.