Herts programme scoops top accolade at prestigious awards bash

Hertfordshire's Active Students programme won the Healthy Partnerships category at the ukactive and Matrix Flame Awards 2014
Hertfordshire's Active Students programme won the Healthy Partnerships category at the ukactive and Matrix Flame Awards 2014

Hertfordshire’s Active Students programme has won the Healthy Partnerships category at the Ukactive and Matrix Flame Awards 2014.

The presentations were made in front of an audience of 800 delegates from across the UK health and fitness sector at the Ball of Fire held at The International Centre in Telford.

Charlotte Hill and Roz Ringe represented Hertfordshire Sports Village, University of Hertfordshire and the Herts Sports Partnership, and were delighted to receive the award on behalf of all partners involved.

The success of the Active Students programme over the last three academic years has been down to a collaborative approach between a wide range of partners.

Sport England funding awarded to the University of Hertfordshire and Royal Veterinary College was supported by both the universities and project managed by Herts Sport Partnership to bring other funding streams and partners together to create Active Students – a programme that encourages students to remain physically active throughout their studies and beyond.

Close and regular links with national governing bodies, local clubs, sport coaches, instructors and volunteers, facility providers, the Athletics Union and Students Union have been the key to success.

Additional key factors include the informal, easy access, all-ability and welcoming range of almost 50 different activities each week, the appointment of a team of highly motivated Student Activators who encourage participation and attend all sessions, and a lively, student focused marketing campaign.

Active Students project officer Rhian Crawford said: “It is fantastic that our partnership approach to the Active Students programme has been recognised at such a significant level and beat off lots of other excellent examples of good practice.

“The annual Flame Awards are one of the highest accolades within the sport, health and fitness industry so we are delighted to have brought the Healthy Partnerships trophy to Hertfordshire!”

For more information about Active Students, visit www.activestudents.co.uk or email Rhian Crawford at r.crawford@herts.ac.uk