Hartpury College student Cerys Dolloway was among the winners at last night’s Gloucestershire ‘Active Schools’ Awards at Cheltenham Town Hall.
The Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport student picked up the Hartpury College Young Leader of the Year accolade in recognition of her contribution to encouraging and increasing physical activity in schools.
Cerys was presented with her award – one of 10 organised by Active Gloucestershire – by former South Africa international and Gloucester Rugby star Thinus Delport.
“I have done lots of volunteering over the past two years and I feel that I have gained a lot of knowledge from helping out,” Cerys, a member of the Women’s Football Academy at Hartpury, told the audience.
“What I love is knowing that when you’re volunteering you’re helping children have a great day, and seeing the smiles on their faces when you’re helping out is really nice.”
Active Gloucestershire runs a series of year-round activity programmes, including the Gloucestershire School Games and the Daily Mile, in partnership with Hartpury University and Hartpury College.
More than 85% of all primary, secondary and special schools participated in the 2017/2018 competition.
Deborah Potts, CEO of Active Gloucestershire said: “With a quarter of those over 16 in England being inactive, and obesity levels increasing, this programme with schools is very important in establishing good behaviour early on.
“The Active Schools Awards 2018 are run to acknowledge and highlight schools and individuals who are innovative in their approach, and invest more time and effort in encouraging activity.”
Tom Radcliffe, Director of Elite Sport at Hartpury, added: “Many congratulations to Cerys and all the other award winners at last night’s ceremony, and thank-you for all the great work you’ve already done and are continuing to do.
“Sport is at the heart of what we do at Hartpury and we’re proud to work alongside Active Gloucestershire in encouraging everyone to stay active and healthy.
“It’s always fantastic to see so many of our students volunteering to play key roles in organising and running of a number of events that we host at Hartpury.
“The excellent relationships we’ve developed with local schools and community sports clubs provide our students with fantastic opportunities to develop their skills and gain real-world experience on and off campus, in preparation for future careers.”
Picture: Hartpury students Cerys Dolloway, Niamh Smart, Sasha Crooknorth, Joe Wood and William Pritchard and former student Montgomery Podger taking part in a drumming session as part of the entertainment at the awards evening