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The Children and Young People Award – supported by Playwaze

The Children and Young People Award – supported by Playwaze

The London Sport Awards, taking place at Wembley Stadium on the evening of 8 March 2018, are the biggest celebration of grassroots sport in the capital.

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Playwaze is a technology company with a goal to provide the best online and mobile platforms for organising sport. We believe that technology, and Playwaze specifically, can play a pivotal role in increasing participation and engagement in sport. Find out more about Playwaze at www.playwaze.com

London Youth Rowing

London Youth Rowing provide access to rowing for young people across London,allowing them to be engaged in physical activity in a unique way. Their range of coaching, inclusion and health programmes enables them to advance the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable young people; supporting them to develop new skills, enhancing their self-belief to act independently and seek out opportunities, improving their own lives and the lives of others.

The LYR model provides up to 5 rowing machines to each participating state secondary school. LYR’s Community Sport coaches each work with approximately 10- 15 schools to support the delivery of the weekly sessions at each school. LYR’s coaches train and educate the school teachers themselves and provide them with training resources to help engage young people in the clubs. Their support helps provide the backup to teachers to allow them to have the confidence to run and organise the sessions themselves. These sessions are linked to the syllabus and help the teachers to provide sessions that are also lesson plans too.

Snow-Camp: Snowsports Programme Journey

Snow-Camp is the UK’s only registered youth charity using a combination of snowsports, education and vocational opportunities to support, empower and bring together disadvantaged inner-city young people in London. They use sport to engage and inspire young people in London to overcome the limitations imposed by social issues, including low-income backgrounds, exposure to gang culture and juvenile crime, and unstable homes. Many of the young people they work with are NEET, or at risk of becoming NEET.

The Snow-Camp programme shows young people that through hard work and determination, they can achieve great things. For every hour they spend on the slopes, our participants spend an equal amount of time in the classroom, taking part in life-skills sessions and working towards various qualifications. Snow Camp offer young people pathways and connections – though snowsports, and through support for their day-to-day lives, and their futures.

Elaine Wyllie – The Daily Mile Foundation

The Daily Mile is a profoundly simple concept, which any school can implement completely free of charge. It encourages young people to engage in daily physical activity, empowering them to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. Children simply walk, jog or run at their own pace for 15 minutes every day in their primary and nursery schools. It is a creative, partial solution to an on-going obesity crisis, and helps previously inactive children to sustain a more active lifestyle. Most importantly, it is fun, social and loved by children, staff and parents alike. The initiative is transformational to not only the children’s fitness, but also their concentration levels, mood, behaviour and general wellbeing. Pupils report that they felt more satisfied with school life and the work they produce, and teachers observe that their engagement and concentration in class improved. In addition, improvements to pupil’s confidence and satisfaction in appearance and body image correlate positively with running The Daily Mile. Critically, because The Daily Mile initiative is free and non-competitive, many of the barriers to participation in PE or Sport are removed, and all children can succeed. No time is spent changing clothes, setting up, warming up or tidying up, which ensures a slick 15 minutes’ turn-around from the children leaving their desks to returning. This minimises the impact on curricular time – in fact, evidence is emerging to suggest that 15 minutes of self-paced physical activity may improve children’s attainment, attention, memory and mood.

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