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Scouts: National Recognition For Ryan

posted 15 Jul 2013, 09:28 by Jonathan Chicken   [ updated 21 Aug 2013, 14:59 by Stephen Harrison ]
Scouts are renowned the world over for their dedication and commitment, especially when it comes to trying out new things. Recently, a scout from 3rd Washington received national recognition from Sportivate for his efforts when trampolining. 
Awards were presented at a ceremony at the House of Commons to recognise some of the amazing Sportivate projects happening around the country and the young people benefitting from the Sport England programme. The awards had two categories – best project and most outstanding participant – and winners were presented with a plaque and certificate by Sport England’s Parliamentary Fellow Tracey Crouch MP.

Ryan, who was encouraged to try a trampolining session for the first time as part of the Sunderland City Council’s Lifestyle, Activity and Food Sportivate programme received the bronze award (coming third nationally) to mark is commitment and dedication. 

Ryan is now able to perform not only the basic skills of jumping, landing and stopping, but has progressed to achieve front and back landings and somersault skills. 

However the biggest change for Ryan has been to his outlook towards sport and life in general. He said: “I now consider myself to be more sporty than I was, I’ve lost quite a lot of weight and gained a lot of confidence.”

Rona Chester, Chief Operating Officer of Sport England, said: “I am delighted that we are able to celebrate and recognise the outstanding projects and people involved in Sportivate. Sportivate is a hugely successful programme and this is reflected by these fantastic award-winning people and projects”

As well as a certificate and engraved plaque, Ryan received complimentary tickets to the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games in July, courtesy of the National Lottery. 

Over 225,000 young people have attended Sportivate sessions nationally and 190,000 have completed their coaching sessions – 83 per cent of whom are still playing the sport three months later.

Sportivate is being delivered by the network of 49 county sports partnerships, working with local clubs and providers. It is part of the official Olympic legacy programme and will benefit hundreds of thousands of young people until 2017.

Well done Ryan, we're proud of you!

Like all scouts groups in the UK, we support our members to develop physically, mentally, spiritually and socially to help them take a constructive place in society. We encourage young people to participate widely in pursuits that meet these aims. At scouts, the group provides challenges and new experiences through adventure across a wide range of activities including sports.