Tim has always been a keen all-round sports person, but since the age of 16 his main focus has been cycling. In 2017, Tim entered the National Closed-road Circuit Championships, coming 1st. To achieve this, Tim has to undertake a specialised training regime abroad, working around a hectic work schedule. He did this while competing in other competitions, club training and group rides. Tim is an inspirational mentor and role model for the whole of cycling in Bolton.
After recovering from breast cancer 12 years ago, Sue had a quadruple bypass after having a heart attack in 2017. After multiple setbacks slowing her recovery, including developing a rare infection and a broken wrist, she battled on to complete 10 weeks of rehab. After working hard on her physical and mental recovery her health’s improved dramatically; reduced heart rate and blood pressure, weight loss and less breathlessness. She’s now an inspirational volunteer on the scheme.
Ayaz is dedicated to the sport of Wheelchair Rugby, raising awareness locally and nationally. He competed at the Rio 2016 Paralympics and is determined to win a medal at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo. Ayaz is an inspiration, showing perseverance, resilience and grit; following a gruelling training schedule whilst travelling the length and breadth of the country, whilst also competing internationally. Ayaz dedicates his spare time to visiting schools, giving presentations to inspire future generations.
The team utilise their expertise to deliver high quality PE, with each child being offered a varied school sports programme. They work with teachers to make creative cross-curricular links with other learning areas. Birtenshaw’s committed to developing excellence in PE and achieves the target of 2hrs physical activity each week including rebound therapy, horse riding and outdoor adventure. Birtenshaw ensures sport is accessible for all abilities and focuses on what the individual can do, rather than what they cannot.
Susan has been involved in community football for over 20 years and has held many roles including: coach, team manager, secretary, FA Charter Standard Development Officer, Executive Committee Member, stand-in Chairperson and kit-washer. Susan promotes sport as an inclusive activity and is also involved in fundraising, sponsorship and recruitment and in 2018 was awarded ‘Secretary of the Year’. It’s a family affair for Susan, with her children and now grandchildren actively involved in the club too.
Darren is a football volunteer for Bolton Lads & Girls Club volunteering three nights a week plus weekends. Due to Darren’s commitment, there are three new FA qualified coaches at the club. He’s launched new girls’ football sessions, which have over 30 girls attending every week. He’s also creating a youth council in line with the new FA vision and will be first in the north of England to have one.
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic numerous organisations have been conducting research and exploring the implications of the pandemic and lockdown on a number of factors, including physical activity.
Better Health will help capture the imagination of the nation, using this unique moment in time to help kick start our health – to eat better and get moving.
An open letter urging sport and leisure decision makers to put disabled people’s inclusion at the heart of plans and preparations as restrictions are lifted further.