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Club North Shore gains StreetGames recognition: Centre, with trophies, Russell Baxter (Operations Manager) and Annaleigh Wynn (Project Lead) accompanied by young volunteers (L-R) Jack McBride, Lucy Garbutt and Macy Matthews 

StreetGames success for Stockton academy

Sports officer at North Shore Academy wins award for community initiatives

Posted by Stephanie Broad | May 18, 2016 | Sports & leisure

Stockton’s North Shore Academy has much to celebrate after taking home two trophies at the recent StreetGames Awards 2016: Project of the Year for Club North Shore and Young Coach of the Year, which went to AnnaLeigh Wynn, community sports development officer at the academy.  

Highlighting initiatives that change the lives of young people through Doorstep Sport, the StreetGames Awards were designed to tackle disadvantage in the poorest localities and have been very effective at engaging communities since they were first launched in 2013 with just over 800 clubs now established nationwide and 71,000 young people on their register.

AnnaLeigh, who is based in North Shore Academy’s Community Zone, has been the driving force behind gaining community support for StreetGames.  She joined North Shore Academy just over a year ago after university, but her volunteering role at the school goes back some six years earlier when she was just 15 years old and it was still known as Blakeston School.   

AnnaLeigh says: “I am passionate about getting the community involved in sport at all levels and the support I have had from North Shore Academy, its sponsors, the Northern Education Trust and all the volunteers who give up their spare time to help out, has been really great.  

“I took on StreetGames as a volunteering role at university and once I left, I have tried to push it as much as I can in my spare time. It usually takes around six to seven hours each week outside of my day job at North Shore Academy. 

“We cover sports such as football, multi-games activities, women’s only kickboxing, mentoring and life-coaching sessions, which are not just about sport, but vocational too.

“We now have 20 volunteers who gain some really great work experience while helping out in the areas of safeguarding, first aid, budgeting and NGB Leadership Awards Level One, so it really improves their employability skills as a result.  

“Some of the sporting ability we see is amazing – I would go so far as to say top class – and without the platform of StreetGames, it would go unnoticed. 

“We have 313 people registered at Club North Shore with 208 in the 14-25 target age group which is over 100 more than we had projected and a percentage split of 76:24 males to females.  What is particularly important is the retention rate of 58% against a national average of 43%, which we are very proud of.  We have lots in the pipeline for future development too, so it is an exciting time for the club.” 

North Shore Academy is one of five academies sponsored by the Northern Education Trust in Stockton-on-Tees.

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