Date: Monday 14th January 2013
Young sports leader Abi Akehurst, one of Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership’s Young Sports Leaders at Highfields School in Matlock, has been named as a regional winner in the vInspired National Awards.
17-year-old Abi, from South Normanton, won the ‘All Round Commitment to Volunteering’ category for the East Midlands in recognition of her volunteering which includes work with the Highfields School Sports Leadership Academy and Derbyshire Dales Leisure Centre.
Abi started volunteering at school when she was in Year 9, and went on to volunteer as a youth worker in a youth club for disabled young people. She recently spent her half term holiday in Amsterdam as part of her duties as Sport MP for her School Parliament.
Abi Akehurst said: “It’s such an honour to be presented with this award. You don’t volunteer to get awards – knowing you’re helping people is enough motivation. But it’s great to know that people appreciate what I do, and I hope that this might inspire other young people to give volunteering a go.”
RDSSP Partnership Manager Janice Price said: “I am delighted, but not surprised to learn Abi has won an East Midlands Award for V Inspired. She is an incredibly skilled and dedicated young Sports leader with hundreds of hours of volunteering under her belt. I recently accompanied her to Westminster with Sports Leaders UK, where she delivered an “Energy Club Session” to MPs. She was amazing, totally unphased by the environment and her audience of over 200 MPs.”
“She has a lovely friendly & encouraging manner & soon had a selection of MPs in their socks running around with bean bags on their heads, having a great time playing games & running races. It was inspirational to see and really drove home the message of the importance of physical activity needing to be great fun so youngsters want to come back for more. I wish her all the very best of luck in the National competition”
Notes to Editors:
• The Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership is a network of 5 secondary schools (Anthony Gell, Wirksworth; Highfields, Matlock; Hope Valley College, Hope; Lady Manners, Bakewell; Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Ashbourne) and 64 primary and infant schools across the whole of rural Derbyshire from Sudbury in the Derbyshire Dales to Edale, 50 miles further north in the Hope Valley. (https://ruralderbyshiressp.org.uk/).
• Young Sport Leaders from each secondary school help organize sports competitions, events and festivals between their cluster primary schools. They also volunteer in the wider community.
• For more about vInspired: http://vinspired.com/about/vinspirednationalawards
• National finalists will be announced publicly – week commencing February 4, 2013. Three national finalists in each category will be selected by the VInspired Youth Advisory Board.
• The vInspired National Awards will be held on March 26th at the Roundhouse in Camden. Winners will be selected by an expert judging panel, led by Paralympian Dame Tanni Gray Thompson