BBC broadcaster hands national prize to Newham sport project

PUBLISHED: 12:12 10 April 2015 | UPDATED: 12:12 10 April 2015

Nicole Napier collects the award from Jacqui Oatley at the awards ceremony (Pic by Edward Moss/StreetGames)

Nicole Napier collects the award from Jacqui Oatley at the awards ceremony (Pic by Edward Moss/StreetGames)

©Edward Moss Photography

Leisure trust Active Newham bagged a national prize from sports charity StreetGames.

The trust was chosen from nearly 1,000 projects as Us Girls Project of the Year for its work delivering leisure, sports and volunteering opportunities to women in Newham.

Active Newham works with about 500 women every month across Zumba, RaveFit, football and cricket as part of the Us Girls project, which was launched by StreetGames in 2011.

Team leader Nicole Napier collected the award, which was presented by BBC sports broadcaster Jacqui Oatley at the StreetGames National Awards Night at the University of Warwick on March 31.

She said she appreciated recognition for Active Newham’s work on the Us Girls project since it started.

“Newham’s Us Girls programme has gone from strenght to strength over the last four years,” she said. “The girls will be over the moon, especially some of the instructors because they have put a lot of hard work into the programme.”

And StreetGames CEO Jane Ashworth OBE called it a “fantastic achievement” for Active Newham.

“Nicole and the team at Active Newham have worked tirelessly to bring sport into the community at the right time, to the right place, for the right price and in the right style,” she said. “We look forward to giving continued support as they develop their excellent work reaching even more youngsters in Newham.”

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