Sport Cardiff’s 6th award for tackling ‘holiday hunger’

05/12/2016

​Sport Cardiff's James Horwood (centre) and Huw James (2nd from right) collecting the Community Engagement Award at the Springboard awards. 

Sport Cardiff won The Community Engagement Award at The Springboard Charity’s Awards for Excellence 2016, for their contribution to the innovative multi-agency 'Summer Holiday Enrichment Programme' (SHEP) project that has brought huge benefits to school children living in social deprivation in the Welsh capital.

This is the 6th award the project has received over the past twelve months.

Facilitated by Food Cardiff, SHEP is a partnership between Sport Cardiff, Cardiff Council’s Education Catering and Cardiff and Vale UHB.

There are around 170 non-school days in the year, leaving a gap becoming known as ‘holiday hunger’. SHEP addressed this and improved children’s quality of life over the summer holiday period, and as a result the project has been celebrated at Springboard’s Awards for Excellence 2016. 

The innovative SHEP pilot project in 2015 utilised closed schools as community assets, reaching five local schools and over 100 children to not only reduce isolation and hunger, but also combine education, sport and fun. Over 1,000 meals, compliant with nutritional standards requirements, were served to 171 children.

The award judges felt the approach has the potential to address issues such as diet, obesity and academic success. It also provided catering staff, school staff and sports coaches with summer employment.

Diageo's Supply Programme and Change Manager, Nicola Reid commented: "Food Cardiff and the project partners showed absolute leadership in this field by taking a simple concept and putting it into action cleanly and effectively. Every council in the UK should be adopting this approach!"

Sport Cardiff’s Senior Sport Neighbourhood Coordinator, Emma Hill said: “The summer holiday enrichment programme was an immensely rewarding project to work on as we were able to use a range of sporting activities to engage the children and help them learn about living a full and active life.”

Anne Pierce, Springboard’s CEO, added: “Once again we enjoyed a wonderful evening in celebration of everything that our industry has to offer. The SHEP project was a worthy winner of the Community Engagement Award this year.”

Cardiff Metropolitan University is a Registered Charity. Since we started fundraising in 2009 we have received over £2 million in charitable donations. The Development Fund was set up in to enable alumni, staff and friends to support innovative projects that actively transform lives. By making a donation to the Development Fund you will help the next generation to have a better future. You can find out more about the Development Fund here.​