Get set, go Dacorum project scoops top award

Cllr Neil Harden and Ben Russell Community Partnerships OfficerGet set, go Dacorum has been awarded Community Project of the Year 2016 at the Herts Sports Partnership Awards.

The sports initiative, which we fund alongside Sport England, has funded almost 30 activities across the borough in the past 12 months, investing more than £80,000 into disadvantaged and underrepresented groups over this time.

This year has been hugely successful for Get set, go Dacorum as there have been more than 11,000 attendances at sports and physical activity sessions funded by the project. However, the impact it’s having on the local community is much more than just numbers.

Let’s Dance, aimed at over 55s, has grown dramatically. The positive impact this is having on residents, aside from physical improvements, is overwhelming, with noticeable changes to their general happiness and how much more social they have become with one another.

Rush Judo delivers a weekly session aimed at adults with a learning disability. These sessions have become increasingly popular and the success of these classes has paved the way for a mixed ability junior class, giving further opportunity to those with a learning disability to have a go at the sport.

Portfolio Holder for Residents and Corporate Services, Neil Harden (pictured alongside Get set, go Dacorum Project Manager Ben Russell), said, “We are delighted to have won the award for Community Project of the Year 2016. The impact the project has had on the local community has been outstanding. The past 12 months alone has seen over 1,000 new participants engage with local activity put on by Get set, go. It has successfully created new opportunities for participation in sport and physical activity for more people across Dacorum. A huge thank you to all of our supporting partners, organisations and volunteers whose contributions to the project have helped make it so successful.”

To find out about the Get set, go Dacorum activities happening near you and to see how you can get active in 2017, visit the Get set, go Dacorum website.