Our ME TIME women-only programme has won a Sporta Award for the work of large trusts in engaging inactive people. The nationwide Sporta Awards are in their second year and recognise the diverse achievements of leisure and culture trusts across the country in the fields of sport, physical activity, culture and health.
The Awards are judged by an independent panel of leading experts from the fields of sport, activity, health and culture that included, among others, Prof. Ken Fox - Emeritus Professor, Exercise and Health Sciences at the University of Bristol (Chair), John Wileman - Head of Sport, Community and Leisure Centres at Nottingham City Council and Kim Atkinson – CEO of the Scottish Sport Association, and were announced by BBC commentator Andrew Cotter at the Sporta Awards dinner in Sheffield this week.
The judges cited the ‘exceptional’ growth of ME TIME in getting well over 5,000 women from diverse and hard-to-reach communities across Luton involved in its first three years in a wide variety of community-based activities building healthier lives and aiding community cohesion in the process.
ME TIME has been recognised by Sport England for its success and was recently awarded a further year’s funding, courtesy of the National Lottery. The programme also reached the finals of the Women’s Sport Trust Awards in the category of Inspiring Grassroots Initiative.
Catrina Lewis, Active Luton’s Outreach and Communities Manager collected the prize along with representatives from her outreach team and commented: “The ME TIME programme is a wonderful example of how we are stronger together! ME TIME would not have been so appealing to the women of Luton without the commitment, enthusiasm and sensitivity of our fantastic instructors.”