Sportivate Regional Winner 2015

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Evie is regional winner

21 November 2015

Year 9 Evie Hills has been named the South East Sportivate Participant of the Year in recognition of her contribution and outstanding commitment to sport. Sportivate, a Sport England funded programme, encourages young people who are not particularly sporty to get active.

Having never seen herself as sporty, Evie took the step of giving sport a go and got involved in the Kent and Sussex Junior Curling Club’s Try Curling Sportivate project. After getting used to sliding on the ice Evie found that she really enjoyed Curling and continued to take part in the sport at Fenton's rink after the six week Sportivate course had ended. 

Evie's confidence grew and she became an integral part of the Curling group and competed at the English Schools Championships where her team won best novice team trophy.

Sportivate gives 11 – 25 year olds, who are not participating in sport in their own time, access to six-to-eight weeks of free or subsidised coaching in a range of sports. During that period those taking part can work towards an event or personal challenge and when the coaching has finished they will be supported to continue playing sport.

Evie’s mum said “Evie never really had an interest in sport until she tried Curling as part of Sportivate. Evie has really enjoyed the sessions and they have inspired her to carry on playing Curling at Fenton’s Curling Rink and have given her the confidence to try new things. We are so proud of Evie being named South East Participant of the Year.”

Kent Sport County Sport Partnership Director, Kevin Day, said: “It is fantastic news that a young person from Kent has won this Regional award. Evie is an inspiration for other young people and proof that there is an activity out there for everyone!”

Sport England’s Director for Community Sport, Mike Diaper, said: “Sportivate is all about motivating and supporting young people who may have not thought sport was for them. It takes determination and courage to try something new and Evie can be very proud that her hard work has paid off.”

Evie is one of over 660,000 young people nationally who have attended Sportivate sessions with more than 550,000 completing their coaching sessions and three months on 80% plus are still playing their chosen sport.