CONTRIBUTION TO SPORT AND HEALTHY LIVING 

SPONSORED BY

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For an individual or club that has contributed to helping people in Watford to lead healthier lives by promoting or encouraging more participation in sport or by representing Watford in their sport.

 

It is also to celebrate and thank those who give their time to working behind the scenes at local sporting clubs and groups.

The shortlisted finalists are:

Watford Gymnastics Club
Come and have “the best hour of your week” is the motto of Watford Gymnastics Club where the coaches allow children of all abilities to learn new skills and grow in confidence in a fun and safe environment.  During lockdown they provided online Zoom sessions and as soon as it was safe to return, they adapted, rose to the challenge and continued to deliver their services promoting and encouraging people to stay active and lead a healthier lifestyle at the same time as looking for a new facility to run the club from. Hard work, staying positive and optimism paid off and they found a new venue and with the help of friends, family and members their new home was set up within 5 days allowing it to continue being a successful community club.

 

Tracy Reeve
Tracy runs Nordic Walking Watford with great enthusiasm.  Her main aim is to get people walking and keeping fit in a way that will suit them.  During lockdown the club went ‘virtual’ with Tracy setting challenges that would encourage people to use their hour of exercise in imaginative ways and kept everyone motivated.  They walked from Lands End to John O’Groats as well as clocking up Victory Miles to celebrate VE Day!  Tracy kept in touch with members who lived alone and organised walking buddies when restrictions were slightly eased.  The club has also raised money for several charities including the Peace Hospice and Herts & Essex Air Ambulance.  Tracy is described as “truly amazing” and “an absolute gem” by club members.


Dave Knight
Dave has a passion for working within the community and making a difference.  He set up his walking football sessions a couple of years ago mainly for older adults who love the game but can’t play running football for a variety of reasons.  Growing from strength to strength Dave now runs younger mens session as well women’s sessions.  Dave’s infectious personality ensures there’s plenty of banter and team spirit which has helped people make new friends as well as getting fit at the same time.  He recently organised a tournament where all his groups came together for walking football sessions over a 10 hour period raising over £2,500 for the MIND charity and Bushey & Oxhey Football Club. Without Dave’s enthusiasm the sessions wouldn’t be as fun, engaging and invigorating.  His zest for the game, warm personality and welcoming nature make it many peoples highlight of the week.

The winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Friday 4 March 2022.