National Award Success!

Posted at 9:54 am on 5th March, 2020

The Youth Sport Trust (YST) celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year – and representatives from FGS were delighted to assist this fantastic organisation celebrate at their recent National Conference.

And to add to the celebrations, Flixton Girls (FGS) picked up a prestigious national award for the work it has done to bring people in its community closer together using the power of sport.

Flixton Girls were presented with the national children’s charity’s Outstanding Community Contribution – 25th Anniversary Award by Jon Smedley, Teach Active and Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, during the ceremony in Coventry.          

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The award recognises how FGS has harnessed the power of physical activity, PE and sport to develop and deliver targeted interventions that bring people and communities together.

Across many years FGS has sat at the heart of the local community and proactively sought to open our facilities to support the delivery of community sport. FGS has established a strong partnership with the local FA charter standard football club and host a “Wildcats” centre as one of the many recreational sessions we host. And FGS continue to champion the importance of PE, sport and physical activity for a brighter future for all young people.

Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said:

“The Youth Sport Trust would like to congratulate Flixton Girls for winning the prestigious Outstanding Community Contribution – 25th Anniversary Award. It has demonstrated a huge commitment to improving the lives of its pupils through the power of sport. Flixton Girls has championed sport in its community and is a worthy winner of this special prize, truly embodying the mission and values of the Youth Sport Trust.”

A total of six awards were presented at the Youth Sport Trust Awards Dinner. As the charity celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2020, it introduced three new awards to mark the occasion.

The wider Youth Sport Trust 2020 Conference took place earlier in the day with more than 700 headteachers, school sport professionals and businesses in attendance. Julie Hazeldine, FGS Headteacher and CEO of the Healthy Learning Trust, was a guest speaker at the event, sharing her knowledge about developing an enrichment programme across the whole School. The event saw Andy Grant, who went on to become a Paralympian after losing his leg serving in Afghanistan, share his dramatic life story at an opening address demonstrating how the power of sport can help people overcome the most extreme obstacles.

Other high-profile speakers at the Awards evening included England Rugby Union coach Eddie Jones and Will Bayley, British professional Paralympic table tennis player, ranked world number 1.

Attendees at the Conference also had the chance to network, make new connections, and take part in workshops.

Dorothy Trussell, Head of School and future Headteacher (Sept 2020) tweeted; ‘Huge congratulations to @JHazeldine and the whole team @FlixtonGS over recent years who have enabled such a transformation in our local community and beyond. The impact has been immense, guided by a visionary leader. We are a team greatly blessed.’

 Additional staff comments included:

‘Well done Julie and the team. It makes us all so proud to see the recognition you have received this evening, for the tireless work and dedication you have given to support not only our school but also the wider community #superboss @JHazeldine @Hollie_IE @FlixtonGS’

‘Win an award .. Eddie Jones .. meet your country file hero ! Lots of passion about the power of sport! Must be another @YouthSportTrust event! @FlixtonGS’

‘Yes!!!! Very well deserved @JHazeldine @FlixtonGS’

To see all about the work of the Youth Sport Trust watch their 25th Anniversary video, click link below:

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