The Guernsey Sports Commission is delighted to have been nominated for the Pride of Guernsey Sports Volunteer of the Year Award for 2021.
The nomination reflects the work of the team in encouraging children and young people to remain active during the periods of lockdown in 2020 and 2021.
‘In excess of 30 sports coaches from across the Guernsey Sports Commission and its member sports volunteered their skills through both lockdowns to support schools remaining open for vulnerable children and those of key workers,’ said Jeremy Frith, the Commission’s Performance Director.
‘Together they voluntarily dedicated thousands of hours at a critical time in the pandemic. During this time, they were on the front line in schools and went above and beyond their remits. This, in some cases, helped ensure that some schools were not forced to close when many staff members had to self-isolate.
‘A number of staff also played a key role in supporting some vulnerable children on a one-to-one basis in school.
‘Our team of PE and Sport Development Officers also led and developed PE at Home, a free online resource that supported children and encouraged them to have fun whilst keeping active. This was a series of daily videos and weekly challenges. The videos were incorporated into the home learning curriculum of many schools and got thousands of views.
‘The commission receives some money from the States for its services to primary schools,’ said Jeremy.
‘However, that is only for seven members of staff, who all worked above and beyond, including volunteering through holidays.
‘The additional 25-plus people who worked through this period did so beyond their remit of sports development officers and very much within the spirit of #GuernseyTogether.’
Shortlisting and voting for the awards opens soon – watch this space!