Club 55 Wins Top Prize In National Awards
Last week, Tees Active came out on top in the ‘Successful Partnerships’ category for a large leisure trust at the prestigious 2017 National Sporta Awards. Hosted by BBC sports commentator Andrew Cotter at the Civic Hall in Sheffield, the event recognises achievements of organisations that operate leisure and cultural services in local communities. Tees Active claimed the prolific award for their partnership work in Stockton-On-Tees to deliver the hugely successful Club 55 project.
Based in Thornaby Pavilion leisure centre, Club 55 provides structured activity sessions in a variety of sports including Indoor Bowls, Archery and Tai Chi. The project encourages inactive over 55’s towards regular exercise and the free weekly sessions have been a huge success with participant numbers growing week on week.
Managing Director of Tees Active, Steve Chaytor, explains “It is a huge achievement and we are delighted to share this award with our partner organisations. We are dedicated to tackling inactivity levels and encouraging our local communities to become more active. It is fantastic to be recognised for the success of the Club 55 scheme at a national level and we now look forward to growing the scheme further and increasing engagement within the community.”
Tees Active Sports Academy Manager Allan McDermott, who organised the scheme, was delighted to receive the award, “The success of Club 55 is due to the work of our partners and the strong relationships that Tees Active have formed with Thirteen Group, Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind, Stockton Public Health, Age UK, Thornaby Indoor Bowls Club and Catalyst. We have created a friendly and welcoming environment for participants to socialise and become more active.”
Participants of the project have also enjoyed a high speed powerboat trip along the River Tees from Tees Barrage International White Water Centre to the iconic Transport Bridge as well as exploring the new £1 million Air Trail high ropes attraction, proving that ‘age is just a number’.
Paul Christon of Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind said, “The Club 55 project has helped to create a safe and supportive environment for our service users as well as raising awareness towards mental health and the positive impact that sport can have on.”
Anne Sykes, Chief Executive of Age UK, offered a shared sentiment, “We have been working in partnership with Tees Active linking in with our Better Health Better Wealth project and without them we would have struggled to deliver some beneficial activities for our client group. We are always discussing new ideas to work together for the benefit of older people in the Borough of Stockton-on-tees.”
For more information on the Club 55 project please contact Allan McDermott of Tees Active, firstname.lastname@example.org – 01642 528772