Winners Announced at Fields in Trust’s 2013 Awards Ceremony
Fields in Trust (FIT), a national charity safeguarding and improving outdoor recreational space across the UK, has announced the winners of its 2013 Awards.
The Gala Dinner was hosted by ex-England footballer and FIT trustee Graeme Le Saux on 28 November at Lord’s Cricket Ground, and set out to honour outstanding individuals, landowners and other organisations who have worked hard to ensure that everyone has access to outdoor recreational space.
Awards were presented in a variety of categories and the winners were selected by a judging panel including representatives from Sport England, Sport Wales, Join In, sportscotland, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, SITA Trust, Green Flag Awards and The Guardian. The award winners are:
• Best ‘Have a Field Day’ – Kay Park, East Ayrshire
• Best Have a Field Day, with Join In – Telford Town Park Arena, Telford
• Getting Active on a Fields in Trust Field – Parc Williams, Swansea
• The Inclusion Award for accessible space – Baschurch Playground, Shrewsbury
• The ‘Love your Field’ award – Bishop Monkton Village Hall and Playing Fields, Yorkshire
• Partner of the Year (Local Authority) – Flintshire County Council, Flintshire
• Partner of the Year (Town & Parish Council) – Capel-le-Ferne Parish Council, Kent
• Partner of the Year (Other Organisations) – Friends of Walkers Heath, Birmingham
• Fields in Trust Community Champion – Cllr. Tracey Creed, Dover District Council
The event opened with a video message from the Duke of Cambridge who has recently become the president of the Fields of Trust, succeeding his grandfather, The Duke of Edinburgh, who retired after supporting the organization for over 63 years.
The Duke of Cambridge said: “After three years as Patron of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge I am delighted to now be President of Fields in Trust. Sports fields, parks, playgrounds and many other outdoor spaces play a huge role in ensuring the health and well being of our communities. All children need access to outdoor spaces to play games, develop skills, experience team work and commitment and Fields in Trust ensures these opportunities will be around not just for our children now but for generations to come.”
At the Gala Dinner, Fields in Trust also announced five ambassadors passionate about protecting outdoor spaces, including Geoffrey Boycott, Tim Henman, Sir Clive Woodward, Sir Matthew Pinsent, Dame Kelly Holmes and Roger Federer.
Of his appointment, newly appointed ambassador Roger Federer said:
“I believe that all children should be able to play sports outdoors in a safe and fun environment. No child should be denied this right. Most importantly, competing with others is great exercise and a good way to make new friends. Fields in Trust are doing a wonderful job helping to ensure the sports fields and playgrounds throughout Great Britain are safe."
Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust said:
‘These awards showcase the fantastic work that has taken place across the UK to ensure that everyone has access to outdoor recreational space. The important role played by individuals, landowners, local authorities, and many others, has been highlighted this evening and we are pleased to reward their efforts.”
Photo Caption: Graeme Le Saux (Left) presenting the community champion award to Cllr. Tracey Creed