Resilience in Adversity Award

Welcome to the Community Sport and Recreation Awards 2022: Resilience in Adversity Award

The newly established Resilience in Adversity Award celebrates the methods which community clubs have used to keep their participants engaged during the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic. We are recognising the outstanding projects that have adapted their delivery to support grassroots activity over the past year. 

Entries for the Resilience in Adversity Award are now closed. The finalists for the 2022 Resilience in Adversity Award are:

Street Swords Fencing@Home

The devastating impact of the pandemic hit both the participants and the self-employed coaches of Street Swords Fencing. Seeing the evolution of online training, they decided to try and launch their own version for their participants.

Swords had to be adapted so they would show on the screen and fencing dummies replaced actual opponents, with the sessions made free because of the financial cost of the pandemic to so many people, initially as a pilot programme. This then became the dedicated online channel ‘Fencing@Home’. On this channel, there were organised workshops with coaches, psychologists, physiotherapists and physiologists, as well as child-specific sessions.

They ran two one-and-a-half hour sessions each week to begin with, but this soon became five live sessions and a ‘Fencing Clinic’ workshop, covering many topics to help fencers with their performance. Although initially set up to help fencers in the North East, the initiative ended up reaching fencers across the world, with people from Australia, the USA and Europe all joining in.

Midland Mencap

Midland Mencap were forced to deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, and did so immediately to support those who use their services.

Straight away, they developed an online offer, providing a range of activities and support. However, because they knew that not everyone would be able to engage in this way, they also started a 24-hour phone support line, taking calls as well as being proactive in reaching out to members of their community. In total, the Midland Mencap team made 68,047 Safe and Well phone calls, delivered 272,000 hours of care and support, over 600 hours of day opportunities, produced and broadcast 850 hours of online content and posted over 2500 activity packs every month.

Though the online content has remained, they are now encouraging people to get out and physically active, with cycling programmes Parkride, Ride Ahead Together and ParkSpin all benefiting from Midland Mencap’s involvement.

Derby County Community Trust

Derby County Community Trust helped to support schools during the pandemic, as many children struggled with physical activity being stuck at home.

During the lockdowns, with home schooling the norm, they provided digital resources, virtual lessons, physical activity challenges and virtual sports days to support children and their families, as well as keep them active. Where possible, their staff also worked in schools to make sure school staff had support and key workers’ children were also able to stay active. In school, they provided over 1500 sessions accessed by over 40 schools, and out of school, their virtual lessons received 23,923 views. They also delivered over 550 hours of training to school staff during the pandemic.

During the pandemic, they ensured that physical activity was given utmost importance in schools, and helped many children stay healthy and active. Since restrictions have been eased, they have been able to get back to the same level of in-person support as before.

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