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Issue:- Thursday, 28 October 2016

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Toxteth teen wins bronze at the National Sportivate Awards

TOXTETH'S Kusqaum Adam, has taken bronze in Sport England’s 'Sportivate Participant of the Year Awards', in recognition of her contribution and outstanding commitment to sport. The award was presented in London by the Minister for Sport, Tracey Crouch MP and Paralympic super star Dame Sarah Storey.

Having recently moved to Toxteth, 15 year old Kusqaum wouldn’t have described herself as a traditionally sporty person. That all changed when she started attending skating sessions at the Wheels Extreme Rolla Fitness project. Learning to skate has helped Kusqaum not only become active, but it has boosted her self-confidence and helped her make lots of new friends. Through the encouragement, support and guidance from the project, Kusqaum has also become a regular member of the local youth board, helping to make decisions on youth issues for the wider community.

Sportivate aims to give young people, like Kusqaum who weren’t playing sport previously, the opportunity to discover a new sport of their choice. Once the Sportivate sessions have been completed, the youngsters are then helped to find a club or venue where they can continue to be active.

Since its launch, more than 780,000 young people have attended six to eight weekly Sportivate sessions, with over 650,000 completing their coaching sessions. Sportivate is being delivered by a network of 44 county sports partnerships, working with local clubs and providers. Over 80% of the young people surveyed reported that they are still taking part in sport three months after their Sportivate session had ended.

Accepting the award, Kusqaum Adam, said:- "The Sportivate Wheels Extreme Rolla Fitness project has given me the chance to get fit and meet other people my age that I've got stuff in common with. It's also helped me get the chance to help other people too by doing some voluntary work. It's amazing to think how different my life is now compared to before I started with Wheels Extreme.”

Speaking on behalf of Merseyside Sports Partnership, who facilitate funding within the county, Director, Jean Stephens said:- "I'm delighted that this Sportivate award has come to Merseyside. It's a great example of how sport and physical activity can have an impact, not only on individuals, but also in terms of benefiting the wider community too."

Sport England’s Director for Community Sport, Mike Diaper, said:- “Starting a new sport can be a nerve racking experience, but thanks to the support of Wheels Extreme Rolla Fitness, Kusqaum has been able to find an activity she enjoys. Kusqaum journey is testament to the valuable role Sportivate plays in encouraging young people to get outside their comfort zone, and tap into their sporting potential.”

Minister for Sport, Tracey Crouch said:- "These awards are a fantastic acknowledgement of the huge contribution our young people and community groups have made to the success of Sportivate. The inspirational winners are doing amazing things across a range of sports and it is right that we celebrate their wonderful achievements."

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