Celebrating our 2020 School Games award winners

Posted 20th November 2020

The School Games Team would like to congratulate the award winners of the School Games national awards held at the School Games Summit on Thursday 19 November.

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We were delighted to host the first virtual School Games Summit last week, including the awards ceremony to celebrate our School Games award winners of 2020. The Summit was a great opportunity to celebrate the successes of the network over the past academic year and share this with the whole network. 

Our first award was the Engaging Schools award sponsored by the Youth Sport Trust. The nominees were Stewart Seymour from Leighton Linslade SGO Area, Bedfordshire, Susie Stinton from Stafford & Stone SGO area and Tracey Freer from Wyre Forest School Sport Partnership, Worcestershire. We were delighted to announce Susie Stinton as the winner of the Engaging Schools award due to her collaborative working which enabled the county to continue to engage with schools effectively with a great understanding of the target audience. 

Our second award was the Innovation Award sponsored by Enrich Education. The nominees were the South and West Yorkshire SGOs and Yorkshire Sport, Helen Bourton, SGO last year in Wolverhampton and Emma Nichols, Durham City & Chester-le-Street SGO area. We were happy to announce Emma Nichol as the winner of the Innovation Award due to seting up a school staff Strava group. Over 340 school staff completed weekly challenges, developing positive attitudes & saw the physical and mental benefits from exercising.

Next up was the Collaboration Award sponsored by PGL and Glasgows. The nominees were the Lancashire SGOs and Active Lancashire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire SGOs with Active Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, Active Sussex and the Sussex SGOs and finally Coventry, Solihull and Warwicksire SGOs. We were delighted to profile two winners of the award for their collaborative work, providing even more opportunities for young people. The winners were Active Lancashire and the Lancashire SGOs alongside Active Nottinghamshire and Active Derbyshire. 

The National Governing Body Award was sponsored by the Topodium Group. The nominees were Chance to Shine, England Athletics and the Golf Foundation. The winners were chosen for their innovative work creating a new online offer to help everyone stay active. Well done to England Athletics for winning this award. 

Our Emerging SGO Award was sponsored by Teach Active. The nominees were Chris Hughes, Paul Smith, Bishop Stopford SGO Area, Northants and Gemma Corcoran, Claremount SGO Area, Wirral. We were happy to announce Gemma as the winner due to her work contributing to the wider county group, quickly settling into her role and how she set up new opportunities for targeted groups of young people. 

The Young Person's Award, sponsored by TopYa! had four nominees. Ellie Balchin from Angmering School in Sussex, Jude Aston from Highfields School in Wolverhampton, Ebony Hook from Carter School in Poole and Evie-May Shirley from Halterworth Primary School in Hampshire. Our winner was Jude from Highfields School for his amazing resilience, determination and positive attitude. 

Our final award of the ceremony was the Outstanding Contribution Award, sponsored by Complete P.E. The nominees were Chris Story, Vale Royal SSP, Cheshire, Madeleine Campbell Priory SGO Area, Portsmouth, and Adam Fuller from Arches SSP in Sheffield. Our winner, through collaboration and influencing key stakeholders, consistently delivers excellence, strategically leading the county into their virtual offer. Congratulations to Adam for winning this award. 

In a year like no other, we were delighted to be able to celebrate the network and profile different areas and individuals. We look forward to celebrating our next award winners at the 2021 School Games Summit. 

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