Schools partnership earns national award

Members of the ESSP Shooting Stars scheme are pictured with some of the items the partnership won.
Members of the ESSP Shooting Stars scheme are pictured with some of the items the partnership won.

An organisation in Erewash that works to involve hundreds of children in sport has scooped a prestigious national award.

Erewash School Sport Partnership has been placed in the top three organisers nationally of the Sainsbury’s School Games programme, which aims to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport and is often delivered at a local level by school sport partnerships.

Erewash School Sport Partnership works with 45 schools in the borough to offer sporting opportunities to young people and supports them in organising School Games competitions.

The partnership won a pack of goodies worth £2,000 from the Sainsbury’s School Games programme and this included an iPad, two video cameras to help capture future events, a microphone, Apple TV, trophies, medals, banners, bunting, wristbands and stickers.

Rhian Lilley, development manager at Erewash School Sport Partnership, said she was thrilled to receive the pack.

She said: “It will be great to support our events and help them look professional with the branding. I can’t wait to start presenting the awards, bands, medals and stickers to the children who attend, they are going to love them.

“The School Games focus on providing competitive opportunities for all and promote respect, teamwork, determination, honesty and self-belief as values learnt through these events.”

Naomi Jones, Youth Sport Trust Development Manager (East Midlands and South Yorkshire) said “I am delighted that Erewash School Sport Partnership has been recognised nationally and rewarded for its commitment and success in this area of work.

“Rhian is clearly doing some excellent work in engaging local schools and providing opportunities and support for young people to reach their potential in and through school sport.