StreetGames, the national charity dedicated to developing doorstep sport in disadvantaged communities, has won the Bronze at this year’s Chief Medical Officer’s Public Health Awards.
Community 1st Cornwall sponsors a programme of healthy living initiatives and events run by StreetGames, including the annual free entry Cornwall Run4Fun and a range of sport and youth activities across Cornwall.
In its first year the programme has carried out 150 sessions across Cornwall, with almost 2,500 attendances.
Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer, announced the news at a special ceremony held at the Royal College of Physicians in London to celebrate the dedication, innovation and passion shown by those working in the public health arena.
StreetGames impressed the judges by demonstrating how doorstep sport can be used as an effective mechanism for tackling health inequalities, particularly in areas of deprivation. In just three years the charity has generated over 1 million attendances through its network of doorstep sport projects. These community projects use volunteers to act as mentors and role models in their own neighbourhoods, inspiring younger children to get regularly involved with a range of sports and activities.
Congratulating all the winners, Sir Liam Donaldson said: “It is my great pleasure to announce the winners of the Chief Medical Officer’s Public Health Awards for 2010. This is only the second year of the awards, and I am delighted that the submissions maintained the high standard set last year. We received a wide range of important and inspiring entries, ranging from small, community-based projects to national initiatives run by large organisations and charities. All the finalists are truly inspirational, and their projects are beacons of good practice in the field of public health.”
Community 1st Cornwall is proud to be able to provide much needed additional sponsorship to support these worthwhile activities in our LIFT area.