Active Club Award Finalists
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The Active Club Award celebrates a club or group who go above and beyond to create a better environment for members, and increase accessibility and inclusion. The award recognises clubs that have broken the mould and done some differently to create new opportunities or get a more diverse group of people involved.
Team 100% Tri was born out of a desire to support individuals in Lincolnshire who wanted to try multisport and triathlon but did not know how to get involved. Importantly the team created an environment of support and knowledge that put people first - not their results. With inclusivity and participation the driving force a supportive community was formed. 100% Tri identified a need to support adults who wanted to get moving but came across barriers to participation under traditional club models due to irregular working patterns or lack of geographical mobility. The club was formed to ensure that all individuals could receive top quality coaching and guidance for swim bike run and triathlon as well as supporting stretching mobility and S&C.
Over the past 12 months the team has extended their work on participation and inclusion, and focused on ecouraging participation for those new to sport. They have invested heavily in providing an extensive free programme to encourage participation in an effort to get Lincolnshire moving, providing and investing in initiatives including: a series of free junior events which has seen total beginners and individuals with additional needs (requiring 1:1 supervision) included not excluded from events; They have delivered free coaching days for adults and developed a pioneering Ladies Novice Tri Team in Lincolnshire supporting 12 ladies on their triathlon journey for free, taking them through training providing kit and coaching on their way to their very first triathlon at Woodhall Spa. They are currently working to engage the local Turkish and Polish communities. 100% Tri also work with local voluntary clubs to help support their coaches and develop member skills.
"Overall 2023 has all been about breaking down barriers, removing costs, engaging with communities and getting Lincolnshire moving and we have loved every single moment."
Lincoln Man V Fat Football Club
Lincoln MAN v FAT Football Club are a group of like-minded men who want to do 4 things: improve their physical and mental health, make friends, and play football. Started in May 2021, the club is the 11 aside team that was formed off the back of MAN v FAT Football Lincoln which launched in January 2020. The club currently has 69 active members and has expanded to have 2 teams, a first team and a development team. The first team compete in the MAN v FAT National Tournament where they have reached the knockout stages in the first 2 tournaments. They also won the inaugural MAN v FAT Midlands Eastern League this season and will now play in the MAN v FAT Midlands Premier League for the 2023/24 season.
The club has a focus on inclusivity and encourage players to join regardless of age or ability. All the club's players are changing their lives for the better; in total as a league the players have lost over 2000kg in weight. Success stories include; Kevin Stow, the club treasurer and oldest player at 60, has lost over 5 stone in weight, his weight loss was a major factor in his successful battle against Prostate Cancer in 2022 (Kevin was also a winner at the 2022 Lincolnshire Sports Awards where he won the Active Change Award). Additionally, Dan Stark and Jonathan Johnston have played in the MAN v FAT Amazing Losers game after losing over 25% and 30% of their body weight respectively. Finally, Charlie Hill has lost 30.1kg since joining the club.
Since forming, the club has also raised over £6000 for charity, been involved in the Love Your Neighbour Love Christmas scheme with St Swithins Church and have donated a large amount of food to Lincoln Food Bank.
"We are not just a football club. We are a group of likeminded people who want to change their lives and help change the lives of others."
Pink Ladies Running Club
Pink Ladies is a friendly, non-competitive running club for all ages and abilities. Set up in 2010, Pink Ladies was Lincolnshire's first social & empowering run club for women. Their philosophy is to encourage and support women to run together in a safe, fun and nurturing way.
From their start with just ten ladies, the club has now grown to over 300 runners including over 80 beginners. Kate Trollone, a UK Athletics Running Coach & Pilates instructor, provides expert guidance in weekly run sessions, strength training classes as well as online videos for women with busy lives who can’t join the sessions in person. During 2022-3 pre & post-natal and ‘menopause strong’ focused classes have been added, enabling women to be active through all life stages. Starting out as ‘running buddies’ many Pink Ladies have become friends for life. The Pink Ladies website, Facebook page & WhatsApp group provide a support network for sharing exercise & non-exercise chat, encouragement & celebrating each other’s progress.
Pink Ladies volunteered at the 2023 Lincoln 10k water station.; along with handing out refreshments, their encouragement for each runner was a memorable part of the day for many. Pink Ladies were key to the launch of Yarborough Leisure Centre Parkrun in 2022-23. They marshalled the first event, which attracted a record 450 participants and continue to regularly volunteer in all essential roles required to ensure a safe inclusive event for all. November 2022 saw Pink Ladies ‘take over’ Doddington Hall Parkrun in memory of Sam Pickersgill, one of the ten original Pink Ladies. With over 350 participants, including 80 first timers, Pink Ladies determination to use physical activity to positively influence health & wellbeing ensured that Sam’s breast cancer awareness campaign reached a wide audience.
"Pink Ladies is, and always will be, more than just a running club. In 2022-3 Pink Ladies have supported each other through personal triumphs & tragedies and promoted the benefits of physical activity by modelling & championing the Let’s Move Lincolnshire message."