Nicola Shaw grabs Bronze in National Sportivate Awards

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    22nd October 2014

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After Nicola Shaw was named the North West Sportivate Participant of the Year, she also received the Bronze Award at the National Sportivate Awards.

Before Sportivate, Nicola Shaw didn’t really do any sport at all and hated PE at school. She found it hard to get motivated to be active, especially after having a baby. Nicola was in college but, after having her son, lost her confidence to go back and wasn’t able to finish her education as planned.

Through Sportivate, Nicola discovered that she loved badminton and was surprised to find she is a really good player. She now gets friends and family to play badminton with her as often as she can.

Sportivate aims to give young people aged 11- to 25-year-olds who weren’t playing sport previously, the opportunity to discover a new sport of their choice. Once the Sportivate sessions have been completed, the young people are then helped to find a club or venue where they can continue to take part in sport.

Nicola said“I never really had an interest in sport until I tried badminton as part of Sportivate. I’m really honoured to have been named North West Participant of the Year and my next ambition is tocomplete a traineeship with Bury Council, working on the Sport England funded ‘I will if you will’ women’s project. As part of this, she has taken her pledge to run twice a week for 6 weeks and is intending to continue running afterwards.”

GreaterSport’s Chief Executive, Yvonne Harrison, said:Through attending the weekly coaching sessions, Nicola Shaw has learnt new skills, met new people and developed her confidence.

Nicola is one of over 420,000 young people who have attended Sportivate sessions and more than 350,000 have completed their coaching sessions.

Sportivate is being delivered by the network of 45 county sports partnerships, working with local clubs and providers. It is part of a £56 million Lottery funded Olympic legacy programme and will benefit hundreds of thousands of young people until 2017.

Here is Nicola with Olympic Medallist Zoe Smith and Minister for Sport Helen Grant MP