Winner thanks health awards

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A TEAM of volunteers who created a multi-sports site for their community have spoken of their gratitude to the Healthy Places awards.

The Langerfield Community Project won £500 in last year’s awards, for their work transforming a disused space into a multi-use games area (MUGA) where young people can play a variety of sports and keep fit.

The chair of the project, Cllr Keith Miles, said:

“The money definitely made a big difference.

“We were running short and it came in handy because everything costs money.”

The prize was spent on organising a gala day, where they put on a series of sports to introduce the community to the MUGA.

Steve Pintus, associate director for public health at NHS Derbyshire County, said:

“The judges awarded Langerfield Community Group the prize for their work to support sustainable futures.

“In particular for continued community dialogue and a commitment to working together to achieve change and make improvements on the Langer Field for members, residents, young people and the wider Rother community.

Langerfield Community Project were just one of the groups rewarded a cash prize for their work improving the health of people in the area in last year’s awards.

This year, the prize pot is even bigger, with groups from Chesterfield, Bolsover, and North East Derbyshire eligible to apply for anything between £250 and £2000.

Any project or scheme that helps improve the health of people nearby will be considered.

Nominations for this year’s awards can be made by groups themselves or third parties.

l For an application form, visit http://www.derbyshirecounty.nhs.uk/home and click the link for Healthy Places Awards, or collect a form from the Derbyshire Times, 37 Station Road, Chesterfield, S41 7XD.

ellie.hunter@derbyshiretimes.co.uk