Follow in the footsteps of Rio stars by applying for ICON programme support
Are you a high-performing athlete ambitious to match the achievements of Olympians Adam Peaty, Liam Pitchford and Mollie Renshaw and Paralympian Lewis White?
If so, Derbyshire's ICON bursary programme, now open for 2016-17 applications, could help you reach the top, whatever your sport.
All four athletes are going to Rio this summer and have been financially supported by the scheme at one point or another during their careers.
They have also received free leisure passes in the district or borough where they train and been given valuable PR exposure.
Chesterfield ABC boxer Jade Ashmore, who won a silver medal at the British Championships in June and is now ranked second in Britain in the 51kg category, was on the ICON programme in 2015-16.
The 18-year-old, from Heath, North East Derbyshire, said: “The support that I have received from ICON this past year has helped me cover travel costs to and from squad and attending competitions all around Europe also kit expenses so I could get the training done.
“Not only did ICON help me financially, they also gave me access to a local leisure centre where I can carry on progressing and getting that step closer to achieving my goals of competing at the Olympics and being known as a world-class boxer.”
There were 127 athletes awarded bursaries totalling £23,150 on the 2015-16 ICON programme, run by Derbyshire Sport.
That was made possible by the contributions of all 10 Derbyshire local authorities, including Chesterfield Borough Council, North East Derbyshire District Council and Bolsover District Council, plus a number of business members from across the county.
Each successful applicant must live in one of the county's nine districts or compete for a Derbyshire-based club and must already compete at a high level to qualify.
All should already be representing their country or Great Britain, have won a national championship medal, or be part of a recognised development squad or a development squad aligned to a professional sports club, or have been selected for the Derbyshire Institute of Sport.
Their sport must be recognised by Sport England for an application to be successful. The closing date for applications is Friday September 9.
Date issued: 15 July 2016 (issued by Derbyshire Sport)
Who will you nominate for the Bolsover District Sports Awards?
Nominations for the Bolsover District Annual Sports awards are open and we are urging people to nominate worthy individuals and clubs to receive one of the 15 awards up for grabs.
So, do you know a team who has won everything before them this season, or someone who dedicates their life to a sport or club, or a sportsperson who has exceeded at their chosen sport? If so, then nominate them today for one of the awards!
There are 15 awards up for grabs ranging from Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year, Club of the Year, Disabled Sportsperson of the Year, Community Award, Volunteer of the Year and Young Sportsman and Young Sportswoman of the Year.
The awards are aimed at celebrating the sporting success of athletes and those involved in sport from the loyal supporter to the title winning champion. They are a way of recognising the achievements of local athletes and those involved in sport at all levels, who either live in, or who attend clubs or schools within Bolsover District.
Each category has qualifying criteria and must be based upon performances from September 2015 to August 2016. Nominations can be received from any individual, club or team involved in schools or sports organisations within Bolsover district and the nominee must be involved in a sport recognised by Sport England and must be submitted by the deadline of Friday 9 September 2016.
The awards ceremony will take place in October and the winners of the Bolsover District Sports Awards will be submitted for the Derby Telegraph Sports Awards.
Nomination forms are available to complete on-line or by contacting Derbyshire Sport (Katie Crockett, Marketing Officer 01773 571224).
Date issued: 6 July 2016
Free festival for the adventurous
Our popular ‘Adventure Fest’ is back and it promises to be bigger and better than ever before.
Held at Pleasley Vale Outdoor Activity Centre on Sunday 24 July 2016 this free event is open to anyone aged 7 years and above. It brings everything the great outdoors has to offer, but closer to home.
A whole host of adventurous activities are planned such as canoeing on the mill pond, climbing on the portable wall and mountain biking on the nearby trails. And for the first time bell boating will be introduced which allows a group of up to 12 people to take to the water and work as team.
Other activities include laser tag, zorbing, countryside and crafts and the Council’s Extreme Wheels Roadshow which will host the popular kmxing.
Also making an appearance will be Keelan Phillips World and UK BMX flatland rider who competes around the world and has starred in many TV shows and appeared at Glastonbury 2015 on stage with Mark Ronson. He will be entertaining the crowd with a variety of tricks and stunts and will also be hosting some workshops throughout the day.
Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “This is a fantastic day out, it’s great fun, all the family can do this together while keeping fit and active and best of all – it is free!
“We want to bring the great outdoors and all it has to offer right to your doorstep. So no matter if you want to experience the thrills of rock climbing or prefer a gentle paddle on the lake, we have it all.
“I would urge anyone who wants to try the activities the great outdoors can offer to go along to this free festival and have a go at the many activities available.”
Activities will run throughout the day starting at 10am and ending at 4pm and participation is on a first come first served basis so please turn up early to ensure you can grab a spot on your favourite activity!
A signed parent consent form for anyone under the age of eighteen is required to participate in the activities, which can be obtained, along with an information pack (1.14MB) or on the day of the event.
Date issued: 5 July 2016
Families can Go! Active for just £1 a day with new membership offer
Families and households are set to benefit from the launch of an exciting membership offer for our new Go! Active @ The Arc facility.
Called ‘365 Membership’, this household mega deal entitles a household (up to 6 persons - 2 parents/guardians and up to 4 children/family members) to enjoy the fantastic facilities at the new facility in Clowne (opening in January 2017) for only £365 a year - that’s just £1 a day for the whole family!
This is a time limited offer so hurry up and register your interest at our Go! Active website and spread the word amongst your friends and take advantage of this unbelievable exclusive offer.
The new facility will be built alongside the current Clowne Sports Centre and once completed will include:
- 25m swimming pool and smaller teaching pool
- Water slide
- Sauna/steam room
- 100 station gym
- Group exercise rooms and a spinning studio
- Sports Hall
- Food and beverage offer
- Children’s ‘soft play’ zone
- Outdoor pitches
- Universal changing facilities
Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “This is a great deal for families and households. The whole ethos behind our new facility is to give families the chance to exercise together, have fun and stay fit and this deal does just that.
“Where else can the whole household enjoy a wide range of leisure activities for just £1 a day? So, I would urge people to visit the website and register your details to avoid missing out on this unbelievable offer.”
Once the registration target has been achieved, we, together with our Strategic Leisure Development Partner PULSE, will contact those registered to discuss joining and payment options.
So don’t delay, tell your friends all about this exclusive offer today!
Date issued: 1 July 2016