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The Online Magazine for Pendle Leisure Trust

April / May 2014



We’re on the ball with lots of activities for your little ones!

Ade Edmondson...

We catch up with Ade Edmondson ahead of his visit to The Muni Theatre

Also inside this issue...

Inside Spa Inch Loss

Meet Archie Altitude!

Blues 25th Anniversary

Diary of a Weedy Kid

A proven new inch-loss treatment is coming to Inside Spa

We introduce you to the newest member of Urban Altitude

Preparations are underway for Colne’s annual Blues Festival

Find out how Lewis is getting on with his personal training

Colne Town Hall, Albert Road, Colne, Lancashire, BB8 0AQ Tel: 01282 661224 |

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• ARE YOU FIT AND STRONG? • ARE YOU UP FOR A CHALLENGE? • COULD YOU MEET OUR LEVEL OF STRENGTH AND FITNESS AND BEAT US AT OUR OWN GAME? Compete against firefighters and team mates in a day of strength and endurance tests designed to put Lancashire’s Firefighters through their paces!

Where and When: • Seedhill Athletics & Fitness Centre

Surrey Road, Nelson, BB9 7TY, 01282 661616

• Saturday 26 April 2014, 10am

Price: • £10 per person or £32 for 4 entrants (18 years+ only) All donations raised will go to The Fire Fighters Charity

Prizes: • 1st Male, 1st Female, PLUS several Firefighters choice • Raffle on the day

The Events: • Base Line of Fitness

Bleep Test 9.6 - points for exceeding base level

• Strength and Endurance

Carrying rolled length of hose for 800m, points for speed

• Endurance Circuit

Barrel and equipment shuttle runs in fire kit, points for speed

• Skills/Strength

Hose running fit test in fire kit, points for speed

• Strength and Endurance

Dummy drag relay - Pull a 50kg dummy over 50m

Entry forms available from all Pendle Leisure Trust Sports/Fitness Centres or Nelson Fire Station - 01282 612312,

Need a number? No problem, we’ve listed them all below for you. General Enquiries 01282 661224 Activo Administration* 01282 661264

Our Centres The ACE Centre 01282 661080 The Muni Theatre Box Office 01282 661234 Pendle Wavelengths 01282 661717 Pendle Leisure Centre 01282 661166 West Craven Sports Centre 01282 666710

Plenty of ways to burn off the energy this Easter... With Easter just around the corner, you can almost guarantee your household will be filled with chocolate fuelled children causing chaos! We’ve got some great half-term activities (pg. 14) guaranteed to keep them entertained and out of the way!

Marsden Park Golf Course 01282 661912

If, on the other hand, it’s just you, then maybe the start of Spring signals the start of a more outdoors and active you? We’ve got a great offer on joint Golf and Activo Memberships and some exciting new treatments coming soon to Inside Spa, so go ahead and spoil yourself - you deserve it!

Seedhill Athletics & Fitness Centre 01282 661616

Sue has been talking to the stars again, and this time she caught up with Ade Edmondson as he moves out of the countryside to Colne, ahead of his visit to The Muni Theatre in May (pg. 10 and 11).

Inside Spa 01282 661735

It’s an action-packed start to Spring here at Pendle Leisure Trust, with something for everyone and we look forward to seeing you at a Pendle Leisure Trust centre soon!

Urban Altitude 01282 661235 *This is for existing member administration enquiries only. For new sign-ups or other enquiries, please contact your nearest leisure centre.

Check back next month for more from across Pendle Leisure Trust, and don’t forget that you can always keep up with us online, on Twitter and also on our Facebook page at How to use the interactive features While every care is taken in compiling the contents of this e-magazine, Pendle Leisure Trust does not accept any responsibility for any error in any advertisement. Pendle Leisure Trust is registered with the Information Commissioner and complies with Data Protection Act 1998, Reg No PZ5841488.

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A catch-up with our apprentices... Last September, Pendle Leisure Trust recruited eight apprentices to work and learn across the Trust’s centres in a variety of roles, including beauty therapy, lifeguarding, catering, marketing and finance. Six months on, we catch up with a couple of them to see how they’ve been getting on! What do you do as part of your job role? I use Excel to update figures from across all Pendle Leisure Trust sites. I oversee transactions that have been made across our centres and I am also involved in processing purchase and sales invoices on a daily basis. What made you choose a career in Finance? I have always been interested in figures and after studying Maths at A Level, I decided I wanted to take my interest further. Why did you choose an apprenticeship instead of university? I love the fact that I am working and learning on the job and getting first-hand experience. I’ve never wanted to go to university. Are you enjoying it? Very much so! I enjoy what I do. I love the environment I work in and having a laugh with my colleagues.

Ryan Age: 19 Finance Apprentice


What do you do as part of your job role? I work with the Marketing Team to create promotional materials, such as posters and flyers for our centres, as well as create adverts, write press releases and keep social media websites up-to-date. What made you choose a career in Marketing? I have always loved graphic design and have done quite a bit of work experience in the past with graphic design, which I enjoyed, so this apprenticeship is perfect for me. Why did you choose an apprenticeship instead of university? I’ve always liked the idea of apprenticeships and have never wanted to go to university. Are you enjoying it? I love it! I’ve made some really good friends and really enjoy the variety of the job!

Amy Age: 19 Marketing Apprentice

Golf and Fitness Membership can save you £300! Marsden Park Season Ticket Holders can join in an exercise class, go to the gym or go for a swim - and that’s on top of unlimited games of golf - all for the price of £455 per year saving you more than £300! • 7 days unlimited golf • 18 hole golf course • Practice area and putting green • Access to a fully-stocked golf shop • PGA Professional coaching available • Bar/Clubhouse PLUS the use of four gyms and fitness suites, three swimming pools, exercise and fitness classes, 10% off selected Muni Theatre shows and 20% off a Spa Experience at Inside Spa. In addition to this, Season Ticket Holders are included into the Active Network 18 leisure centres across Pennine Lancashire - visit

FREE Junior Golf Coaching Taster Days


Mixed Pairs Open 27th April - £15/couple

Memorial Trophy 15th June - £13 entry £5 for club members

Mens Municipal 10th August - £13 entry

Ladies Municipal 10th August - £13 entry

Melville Wood Cup 28th September - £15/team

Come and have a go at a game of GOLF with our FREE junior coaching days All lessons are led by a PGA Professional Qualified Coach and equipment will be provided.

• Sundays 06, 13 and 20 April • Ages 5 - 10 years : 2.00 - 2.45pm • Ages 11 - 17 years: 3.00 - 3.45pm Each session is limited to a maximum of 20 players - book now to avoid disappointment! Contact Marsden Park Golf Course on 01282 661912

Marsden Park Golf Course | Townhouse Road | Nelson | BB9 8DG


Pendle Wavelengths is going for gold… Again! Last year Pendle Wavelengths was voted the best leisure centre in the North West in the prestigious Members’ Choice Health Club of the Year Awards. This year staff are aiming for the top slot for the second year running. These are the only awards in the industry where winners are selected purely on the feedback from the people that use the facilities - the members themselves. They measure the quality, customer service and value for money of the facilities and are open to all private health clubs, gyms and leisure centres in the UK. Now members have until May 30th to complete an online questionnaire rating Pendle Wavelengths and Inside Spa on their facilities. Last year the Nelson leisure centre beat off some fierce competition and pipped Metro Fitness in Stockport and Energie Fitness in Wilmslow to the post to take the title in the North West category. Simon Brown, MD of the awards, explains: “Belonging to a good facility is a rewarding experience. Members probably spend more time there than they realise and it becomes an integral part of their lifestyle, providing them with a haven from their frantic day-to-day existence and at the same time helping them to tackle life in a healthier, more productive way.” Pendle Wavelengths Centre Manager, Iqbal Quammer, added: “We were so proud and thrilled to receive the award last year. The whole team at Wavelengths and Inside Spa work extremely hard to deliver a high standard of service and value for money. This award reiterates that most of the time we get it spot on!” You can vote by completing a few simple questions and ranking Pendle Wavelengths at



Call: 01282 661235 Pendle Leisure Centre | Crown Way | Colne | BB8 9NP

This year The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival celebrates its 25th Anniversary. And there are some great names lined-up for this amazing milestone, including Eric Burdon, Lucky Peterson, Eric Sardinas, Otis Grand, Mike Sanchez, The Yardbirds and Dr Feelgood. These Blues musicians – and hundreds more - will be performing throughout the four day event this August Bank Holiday weekend. Over the last two decades the Festival has grown in size and popularity with the amount of people who travel from the length and breadth of the UK, as well as Europe and the USA, to this tiny part of Lancashire to listen to every kind of Blues music. The calibre of the Festival was recognised last year when it was declared the Best Blues Festival in the European Blues Awards 2013. With more than 600 artistes performing at nine official venues over four days, Colne’s Blues Festival is now a firm favourite with locals and visitors as THE place to be over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The Fawltys and Manuel host a meal to remember Fans of the iconic sitcom Fawlty Towers will love this unique interactive comedy dining experience. Enjoy a three-course meal and an hilarious evening in the company of Basil, Sybil and Manuel. Performed in a dining environment and brought to life by a criticallyacclaimed cast of professional actors, everything that can go wrong will, and as you, the dining audience, are part of the show, you gain first-hand experience of the Fawlty’s infamous hospitality, comical mishaps and manic mayhem ... just don’t mention the war! An hilarious live dinner theatre experience.

Friday 28th March 7pm Start Tickets £25pp The ACE Centre, Cross Street, Nelson BB9 7NH

Tel: 01282 661080


Upcoming events this Spring at The ACE Centre... The Garrick Presents: The Crucible

Join us on the first Friday of every month for a great evening of stand-up comedy With three North West comedians and an MC, no two months are the same and include some top names and brilliantly funny and superb headline acts. With a relaxed atmosphere in this state-of-the-art theatre at The ACE Centre and the chance to ‘top-up’ your glass after every comedian, what better way to spend a Friday night?

26th-29th March - 7.30pm

Pocket Money Cinema - Monsters University 29th March - 2pm

Spring Wedding Fair 29th March - 11am - 4pm

Cream Tea Cinema - Life of Pi 31st March - 3pm

Art & Vintage Market 4th-6th April - 10am-4pm

Comedy Night 4th April - 8.15pm

Cult Cinema - Rocky Horror Picture Show

You could even make a proper night of it and start off with a tasty treat from the Showtime Menu in the Courtyard Bistro before the comedy starts!

24th April - 7.30pm

Tickets: £8 advance, £10 on the door Starts: 8.15pm Food served from 5.30pm. Last food orders 7.30pm

Cream Tea Cinema - Schindler’s List

Asian Wedding Fair 26th April - 1pm-6pm 28th April - 3pm

Comedy Night 2nd May - 8.15pm

4th April

Brian Damage And Krysstal: Almost a new form of

Afternoon Variety Show 8th May - 2pm

Music Hall for the 21st Century. “As daft and charming as they are funny” - The Stage.

The Garrick Presents: The 39 Steps

advice regarding cutlery. “Inspired character comedy with a gentle bite” - What’s On.

Cream Tea Cinema - Forrest Gump

Ian Crawford: Health and safety

14th-17th May - 7.30pm 19th May - 3pm

Edinburgh Fringe Previews 2nd May

6th June

Star of ‘Penn & Ian F Montfort: Psychic Medium Teller: Fool Us’, ‘Dirty Tricks’ and ‘Monkey Magic’ “pin-sharp character comedy and - a night of breathtaking magic. metaphysical magic to boot“ Alfie Moore: Former Humberside Police Sergeant - The Guardian. turned stand-up comedian, Alfie Moore arrests Ivan Brackenbury: Hospital Radio DJ. “Laughter is audiences with stories of life on the beat that are the best medicine, Ivan Brackenbury should be a real institutionally funny. “Brilliantly funny, genuinely hilarious” - Peep Show’s Hospital Radio DJ” - Chortle. Tom Binns: ‘Hasn’t Been Himself’. “Possibly the most David Mitchell. imaginative comic” - The Skinny.

Ali Cook: The Art of Astonishment.


The ACE Centre, Cross Street, Nelson BB9 7NH

Tel: 01282 661080

TALKS SHEPHERDS, FOLK, PUNK AND, OF COURSE, BOTTOM... Most of us know Ade Edmondson for his comedy characters – and more recently his cooking skills and stroll through The Dales, but did you know he could sing as well? No, me neither, until I heard he was coming to Colne with a group of mates to play punk songs on folk instruments! That can’t be right, I thought, so I spoke to him to find out how this bizarre combination had come about. Surely it wasn’t planned? “I bought a mandolin and started working on a few chords, playing songs I like from The Clash,” Ade said. “As soon as the tunes started to come together I thought that’s very different, I like that! I needed more instruments, so I persuaded a couple of friends who I knew were brilliant folk musicians to join in - and The Bad Shepherds were formed. That was six years ago. “We think the songs are better than people remember. And by playing them on folk instruments, you can really hear the words. Everyone thinks Punk music is all about jumping up


and down, but really it has produced some of the best songs ever written.

which bizarrely involved a move to revive Bottom. When the idea for the new Bottom series came, we met and worked on it for a while, but pretty soon I realised it wasn’t what I wanted to do – it felt too much like treading the same path again.

Everyone thinks Punk mu sic is all about jumping up and down, but really it has produced some of the best songs ever wri tten.

“The most frequent comment from people who have heard us is, I never knew that song was about that! The most popular one being ‘Down In The Tube Station At Midnight’, which is “Instead I realised that what I really wanted to do was actually a ballad.” get together with The Bad Shepherds again. Why? Because I love the band. Because I love the sound The Bad Shepherds do songs by The Sex Pistols, we make. Because the best gigs I’ve ever done in The Clash, The Stranglers, The Jam, Sham 69, my life, in any art form – in terms of excitement and The Buzzcocks, The Specials, Squeeze and connection with an audience – have been with The others, even Kraftwerk. Bad Shepherds, so here we are…….” Alright, they’re not all punk, but they come from roughly the same era. The Shepherds have given the songs a kind of Celtic feel and thrown in the odd reel and jig here and there. But occasionally they just thrash!

Interview by Sue Madigan Adrian Edmondson and The Bad Shepherds Thursday, 15 May 2014

With Adrian playing the Mandolin, worldrenowned Troy Donockley playing the ethereal 7.30pm | £20 advance, uillean pipes and the bouzouki, Tim Harries (Bill £22 on the door Bruford’s Earthworks, Steeleye Span) on the double bass and Terl Bryant (Iona, Peter Murphy Band, John Paul Jones Band) on percussion, the four of them bring something quite unique to the music scene. Ade added: “I had some TV shows to make


Six Pendle pensioners have proved you are never too old to learn. For they are part of a small group of parishioners from Holy Saviours RC Church in Nelson, who have just completed an Emergency First-aid Training Course. And two of them – Sheila Cooper and Doreen Batson - are aged 76 and 78! The Parish of The Good Shepherd is constantly promoting itself as a place of safety and well-being, so when it was suggested to have a few more first-aiders, nine volunteers stepped forward to attend the course which was partly sponsored by the parish. Karen Bracewell, Pendle Leisure Trust’s Training Manager, taught the small group everything they needed to know about emergency first-aid during a number of sessions in the church hall, and they all passed with flying colours. Ann Lang said: “It just goes to show you are never too old to learn something new. Of course it does help when you have a wonderfully caring teacher as Karen.”

Would you be interested in joining a course? Contact Karen today!

Jars, Jars and more Jars... A philatelist collects stamps, a tegestologist collects beer mats, but what do you call a person who collects jars?..........Lewis (J)Garforth!! The Pendle Leisure Trust graphic designer is getting married in May and with an English Country Garden theme, he and his fiancée are using glass jars as a large part of the Reception decoration. “Well it was a lovely idea until we counted up just how many we would need - probably over 400. Even with six months to go, this was a daunting task. So I asked my colleagues at Colne Town Hall to help. The response has been unbelievable and we now have approaching 350 jars already! “As we didn’t give much thought to housing them up until the wedding, currently my car clinks at every turn, my desk drawers clink whenever I open them, whenever I move my feet under my desk I hear the familiar clink and my bed has started clinking from all the jars stored underneath it! “But, it was a very satisfying day though when we finished decorating our 100th jar, stood back and saw them all together, as this small glimpse of the final effect just proved that all the clinking and collecting will definitely be worth it in the end!”


01282 661224

The newest edition to our team may be decidedly more two dimensional than the others, but that doesn’t mean he has any less character! Originally designed to be a height chart for the 1.3m required to take on the high ropes course at Urban Altitude, we now love Archie so much we’ll definitely be seeing more of him in the future. We spoke to the designer at Pendle Leisure Trust who saw Archie through from initial sketches to completed character, asking where on earth do you start on a project like this? “I started by looking at the uniform of the Urban Altitude staff, like the helmet and the harness, and built Archie around that. I didn’t really have an image in my head of the finished product; he just seemed to develop himself. I originally saw him as a red head, but towards the end he became more of a sandy blonde.” If your child is looking to take on the high ropes challenge, come and find Archie at Pendle Leisure Centre Reception or Urban Altitude, to make sure they measure up!



SWIM YOUR WAY TO FITNESS WITH SWIMFIT Swimfit is your structured, but flexible, gym-style swimming programme suitable for all abilities. It’s a great way to get fit, get in shape and enjoy yourself at the same time, with swimming training, stroke exercises, challenges and more. And it’s available at Pendle Leisure Centre in

Colne and West Craven Sports Centre in Barnoldswick.

Swimfit Technique If you want to improve your swimming technique, our new Swimfit Technical Set could be the choice for you. It will help you transform your ordinary pool workout into an advanced honing and toning session, targeting those ‘tricky spots’ in particular.

Tuesday 7.00pm – 8.00pm at Pendle Leisure Centre Wednesday 8.00pm -9.00pm at West Craven Sports Centre A Swimfit instructor will help you get results and achieve your goal, whether you want to lose weight, tone, improve your technique or just become fitter and stronger.

Aqua Gymfit This is an instructor-led exercise session in the pool, incorporating swimming, running, jumping and press-ups. It’s a fun and effective workout.

Saturday 8.00am - 9.00am at Pendle Leisure Centre

Don’t take our word for it...

This is what people are saying about Aqua Gymfit following the launch at Pendle Leisure Centre: “What better way to spend an hour than in this fantastic new class? I thoroughly enjoyed it, great coaching tips and good instructor.” “I thought the Swimfit session was great. I loved the competitive side of it and the fact that it wasn’t just swimming lengths!” “I found the Swimfit session really good. The guy who took the group seemed very knowledgeable and kept the session very interesting. I thought it was better doing the group work rather than just swimming up and down the lanes, as that can be quite boring.” “My mum and I came to the Swimfit launch and really enjoyed it. It was great fun, great exercise and I think the combination of some techniques mixed with the gym session is a really good idea for a class, particularly for those who usually just swim up and down.”

“As a poor swimmer I was dreading this, but I said I’d have a go, so I did. I found it brilliant and not at all what I was expecting. The instructor took into account the different abilities of the group and adjusted his training to suit.”


BootcampPLT is run by fitness instructor Ashley Alderson and a team of advanced personal trainers. It is held at Seedhill Athletics & Fitness Centre for 1 hour, 5 days a week, once a month. The training session includes a weekly weigh-in, nutrition advice and 1 hour’s exercise, including boxercise, assault course, crossfit circuits and more. APRIL: Monday 21st - Friday 25th, 6pm - 7pm MAY: Monday 19th - Friday 23rd, 7pm - 8pm JUNE: Monday 23rd - Friday 27th, 7pm - 8pm SEPTEMBER: Monday 1st - Friday 5th, 6pm - 7pm

ÂŁ27.50/person/course including a free Spa Experience at Inside Spa in Nelson. Limited spaces available! BOOK NOW on 01282 661616

Seedhill Athletics & Fitness Centre, Surrey Rd, Nelson BB9 7TY

Pendle Triathlon 2014

Sunday 11th May - West Craven Sports Centre, Barnoldswick For 2014 Pendle Triathlon Club and lots of volunteers will be running the event. The set-up and the route will be the same and there will be plenty of support from Pendle Leisure Trust. Contestants will take part in the three disciplines in a test of stamina, strength and determination in and around West Craven Sports Centre in Barnoldswick. Following the official format, this non-transitional event will comprise of swimming 750m and cycling 22.4km - completing two circuits of the course which covers Salterforth, Kelbrook, Sough, Earby and Thornton-in-Craven. The run route will be mainly off road, utilizing public footpaths and canal bridle paths to finish the 5.4km course opposite West Craven Sports Centre. This year there will be an Athletes Village in the Sports Hall at the leisure centre and the option to enter as a team. A Triathlon Training Camp takes place every Thursday at West Craven Sports Centre with Pendle Leisure Trust gym instructor John Bannister. John will put you through your paces in all three disciplines - swimming, cycling and running - to help you over the finishing line on May 11th.


To enter, visit If you would like to volunteer to help on the day, contact the club secretary on 07818404754 or email

Diary of a Weedy Kid - My progress so far... With his big day fast approaching, our groom-to-be discusses the pain, protein and perseverance required for his training sessions with PLT instructor Andy Pickard. I’m currently four months into my training, with two months to go, and slowly but surely I’m starting to see results. I’ve got used to my new routine now of clean eating and regular training sessions, and dare I say it, I’ve nearly got used to waking up aching every day! I am seeing little changes in the way I look and I’m getting the odd comment here and there about my arms looking better etc, which has definitely given me a confidence boost.


Name: LEWIS GARFORTH Age: 20 Height: 5’ 11” Start Date: 6 NOV 2013 Goal Date: 10 MAY 2014 Start Weight: 11st 6lb Current Weight: 11st 8lb Starting Body Fat Percentage: 14% Current Body Fat Percentage: 8.7%

I think the most noticeable difference is how much fitter I am. When I started the training I thought I was pretty fit already, as I did a few sessions of low intensity cardio every week, but compared to what I do now I was basically a couch-potato! Now I’ve started running everyday and I do at least two sessions of high intensity cardio a week, which is usually hill sprints. I’m also finding myself enjoying exercise a lot more, as the more I do, the more I am able to do and I can push myself further.

“[I’m] enjoying exercise a lot more, as the more I do, the more I’m able to do and I can push myself further”

Andy has been an absolutely essential part of the process, as every week he tells me what and when I should be eating, what exercises I need to be doing and is always on hand to answer any questions. Quite a few times we’ve run into obstacles, such as my lower back hurting due to my muscles being too tight. Andy has altered my workout plan to cater for this, so now I can do the exercises without any pain or risk of injury. Visit the blog He’s constantly making me work harder and I imagine he’ll use the next two months to push my body to its limits. And I can’t wait!

Keep up with Lewis’ diary online at 17

Pendle Leisure Trust’s

SUMMER EVENING WALKS APRIL - SEPTEMBER 2014 All walks start at 6.30pm and are led by volunteer walk leaders. There are various starting points throughout Pendle and are suitable for all abilities.


Nelson • Foulridge • Colne • Barnoldswick • Brierfield

• The walks will be short, between 30 mins - 1 hour in duration.

Summer Evening Walks range from...

• Specifically aimed at beginners and people new to walking in groups. • Take place on flat ground with no mud, no uneven surfaces or stiles etc.

Mondays - 12.15pm Meet at Seedhill Athletics & Fitness Centre, Nelson Thursdays - 12.30pm Meet at Barrowford Library

30 mins - 1 hr. Gentle pace, ideal if you are new to walking.  That Bit Further 30 mins - 1 hr. Mostly flat, steady pace, good paths and tracks.  Next Step 1½ - 2 hrs. Moderate pace, some hills, muddy paths and tracks.  Regular Walkers 2 - 2½ hrs. Moderate pace, some hills, muddy paths and tracks. Health Walk

For more information please call 01282 661226 or email




2pm - 3pm: Age 14++ years l


1pm - 2pm: Age 9 13 years l



12pm - 1pm: Age 4 8 years

Last Sunday of Every Month l

West Craven Sports Centre

£ 4 p er ho ur

This session MUST be booked and paid for in advance. Own skateboard/scooter can be used or you can hire a skateboard for £1 (to be booked in advance). Protective equipment must be worn, including helmet, wrist, knee and elbow supports. These can be hired for £1 (to be booked in advance). Parental consent form needs to be filled in on the day.

West Craven Sports Centre, Kelbrook Road, Barnoldswick BB18 5TB

Tel: 01282 666710

Pendle Leisure Trust’s Sports Development Team has nominated four of its volunteers in the North West StreetGames Awards. The awards serve to highlight the excellent work being carried out by The Co-operative StreetGames Young Volunteers across the country. Judges are looking for entrants that have really made a difference to their community - young people with a ‘can do’ attitude who have used the StreetGames Young Volunteers Programme as an opportunity to help other young people access and enjoy sport, as well as develop their own personal skills.

NOMINEES: Vinny Robinson - Unsung Hero Frankie Parkinson - Unsung Hero Courtney Wright - Best New Volunteer ICE Club Volunteers - Best Volunteer Team Unsung Hero - Highlighting the achievements of a young person who has demonstrated commitment to the project, others and the wider community. Best New Volunteer - A volunteer that has demonstrated commitment and dedication within the first six months of their role, going above and beyond expectations. Best Volunteer Team - Recognising the hard work and dedication of a group of young volunteers who have delivered a specific project/activity/event. Clive Escreet, Sports Development Manager, said: “It is always hard to choose individuals to put forward for awards, as all of our volunteers give up so much of their own time to help out and encourage others to get involved and become more active. Mohammed Zubair Bashir winner of the North West Regional Volunteer of the Year (2013)

“It’s fantastic to have the volunteers working alongside our staff. The enthusiasm these young people bring to the sessions is invaluable and allows us to continue to deliver programmes in often challenging environments and with challenging young people. These sessions would not be possible without the help and dedication of these volunteers.

“We hope their hard work and dedication will be recognised in these StreetGames Awards.” 19

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PLT E-Magazine (March/April 2014)  

Easter half-term activities, Ade Edmondson at The Muni Theatre, Colne Blues Festival and more in our latest issue.