Colne teen’s community sport honour

Paula Wimbles (14) collects her award. (S)
Paula Wimbles (14) collects her award. (S)

A Colne schoolgirl has been awarded a national prize in recognition of her contribution and outstanding commitment to participation in community sport.

Fourteen-year-old Paula Wimbles, a Year 8 pupil at Fisher More RC High School, collected a bronze medal at the Sport England Satellite Club Participant of the Year awards.

Paula started at the girls’ multisport satellite club based at the school, which was set up to encourage girls to take part in regular community sport. She soon found herself becoming an ambassador for the club, encouraging other girls to get involved too.

Minister for Sport and Tourism, Tracey Crouch MP, presented Paula with the award with England Rugby World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi MBE.

Paula said: “I was really surprised that I had been nominated for this award and even more surprised that I have come in the top three.”

Satellite clubs, a National Lottery funded Sport England initiative, are extensions of community sports clubs, which use different venues such as a secondary schools or colleges to offer a range of sports to young people who may not be regularly active, or lack the confidence to join a sports club.

By 2017, every secondary school in England will have been offered a satellite community sports club on its site.

Satellite clubs are delivered by community sports clubs supported by the network of county sports partnerships and national governing bodies of sport.

Adrian Leather, CSP Director, said: “We are thrilled that Paula’s enthusiasm and commitment has been recognised with this award. She has taken part in a wide range of sports and has been enthusiastic throughout.

“In addition to enjoying the benefits of taking part, Paula has become a real advocate for the club, encouraging others to join in. This has been a real achievement for Paula and we are sure that she will continue to benefit from an active lifestyle and encourage others to do so too.”