Jane scoops national award

It has been a very satisfying few weeks for the Deputy Director of the Herts Sports Partnership, based at the University of Hertfordshire.

As well as her beloved Manchester City FC completing an epic treble, Jane Shewring’s Outstanding Contribution to Doorstep Sport in Hertfordshire was recognised with a national award, at a recent StreetGames UK conference held in Coventry.

Cuffley based Jane’s work in pioneering the award-winning Hertfordshire Fit, Fed and Read programme was cited, as well as her success in bringing together a disparate group of partners, as part of an outstanding collaborative leadership programme.

The Fit, Fed and Read programme is held at Hertfordshire Fire Stations and has the support of Herts Catering Ltd – the school meals operator for the county – and Hertfordshire Libraries. The programme aims to counter the triple inequalities of social isolation, physical inactivity and holiday hunger and also involves fun literacy sessions, delivered by the Hertfordshire Library Service.

In presenting her with the award, StreetGames CEO, Jane Ashworth OBE said:

“Jane is a beacon for our doorstep sport programmes. She has great empathy for those young people on the margins of society and continually strives to make a difference to the lives of some of our most disadvantaged and vulnerable young people. She is a deserved winner of this award and we are delighted to have her - and the Herts Sports Partnership - as part of the wider StreetGames movement in the UK.”

In presenting the award former Olympic Medallist David Moorcroft said:

“Jane has shown superb innovation, creativity and dogged leadership of this programme and the work of her and Herts Sports Partnership has shown what is possible when key agencies unite behind a common cause.”

In welcoming the award Herts Sports Partnership Director, John O’Callaghan said:

“Jane is a great credit to the Partnership and she has worked tirelessly to bring together key partners so that collectively we can make a difference to the lives of our young people. We have been immensely grateful for the support shown by Steve Holton, Area Commander within the Herts Fire and Rescue Service, and from the other highly valued stakeholder agencies.

Too many of our young people are experiencing holiday hunger, which is closely associated with inactivity and social isolation. Whereas school holidays should be some of the best times for our young people, for some – particularly during the extended summer holidays - it can be quite a miserable existence.

This programme is a glowing example of how sport can be the catalyst for positive social change. In over 35 years working within this sector, I have rarely come across such an impactful, targeted intervention. I am immensely proud of our involvement and absolutely delighted that Jane’s outstanding efforts have been recognised with this prestigious award.

Jane is a wonderful role model for our young team and she continues to leave no stone unturned to improve the lives of Hertfordshire’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.”