We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2022/23 Impact Awards. A massive thank you to everyone who entered this year's Impact Awards!
Introduced in 2021/22, the Impact Awards are designed to showcase the changemakers within the School Games network; those making a positive difference in young people’s lives and those who use innovation to inspire others to do the same.
The winners of the 2022/23 Impact Awards are:
Katie Prescott and Active Surry implemented a collaborative approach involving SGOs, schools, and partners to restructure the local School Games offer, which resulted in inspiring opportunities aligned to the outcomes for the School Games and the Commonwealth Legacy.
Hollie Williams, North Solihull SGO, created the 'The Girl Power' programme to address declining physical activity levels among girls. The programme aimed to support inactive girls, empower older girls as role models, and instil a love for physical activity.
Laura Rookard and Kent SGOs collaborated to hold a pilot festival to identify the barriers Alternative Provisions faced in local competitions due to participation requirements. This allowed them to create a calendar of events across the county specifically designed to encourage Alternative Provision participation.
After an increase of Hong Kong British Nationals emigrating into the Warrington area left new Hong Kong students facing language difficulties and isolation within their schools and community, Penny Moorfield (Warrington SGO) worked with Active Cheshire to create the 'Positivity Games' to integrate these students, support their wellbeing, and promote understanding among different nationalities.
Secondary School Focus
Susie Stinton, along with fellow Staffordshire SGOs, organised the 'School Games Toughest Challenge' to promote personal growth and inclusivity among secondary school students by addressing the misconception that School Games competitions are only for the most able pupils.
To address the lack of engagement in physical activity among girls, Berwick Academy implemented a project which trained girls as indoor bowls coaches, after which the girls then provided leadership sessions to local primary feeder schools, which boosted their confidence and engagement in PE.
Those in Need
A climbing event created by Emma Gardner and Hereford SGOs aimed to address the difficulties with mental health and social interaction young people faced. Developing confidence, communication, and teamwork skills through climbing, the event also created positive experiences and supported character development.
You can read each case study from each of the shortlisted entrants, along with further information on the Impact Awards, via the links to the right of the page.