Bury Streetshakers’ named Sport England’s Satellite Club of the Year

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    10th December 2015

A Bury dance and cheerleading satellite club has been named Sport England’s Satellite Club of the Year. St. Gabriel’s Street Shakers claimed the top honour in recognition of its trojan work to encourage more Bury girls get active. The award was presented in London this week by Minister for Sport and Tourism, Tracey Crouch MP and England Rugby World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi MBE.

Supported by GreaterSport and based at St. Gabriel’s High School in Bury, St. Gabriel’s Street Shakers Satellite Club, has been keeping Bury active since June 2014, and has successfully worked with over 70 girls to date.

Satellite clubs, like St. Gabriel’s Street Shakers are extensions, or outposts of community sports clubs which are established in a new venue, usually a secondary school or college and specifically target the 11-25 age group.

These extensions of community sports clubs can offer a different sporting experience for young people and 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 45 county sports partnerships and 25 national governing bodies of sport. There are currently over 7,400 satellite clubs already up and running, of which 18% are female focussed.

Supported by National Lottery funding, more than 7,400 satellite clubs have been established with over 300,000 young people benefiting since the launch in 2012.

Director of Street Shakers, Liz Norris said: “Being able to support young people using dance as a tool is not a task, it’s a privilege. All the participants should be incredibly proud of their achievement.”

CEO of GreaterSport – Greater Manchester Sports Partnership, Yvonne Harrison, said: “I am delighted that the Street Shakers’ satellite club is being recognised for the difference they have made to such an important group of young women. This shows that sport can provide something for everyone and in doing so, gives people the opportunity to grow in confidence, improve their health and connect with other people in a positive way.”

Sport England’s Director for Community Sport, Mike Diaper, said: “Through dance, St. Gabriel’s Street Shakers are proving to girls in Bury that being active is fun and achievable. Encouraging girls to rethink their attitudes to exercise, and uncover hidden strengths, St. Gabriel’s Street Shakers are worthy winners of Sport England’s Satellite Club of the Year Award.”

Minister for Sport and Tourism, Tracey Crouch MP, who presented the award with England Rugby World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi MBE, said: "Bury Street Shakers have shown incredible commitment to sport. I am thrilled that this community organisation has been recognised for its brilliant achievements."