Last year, a challenging time for the whole world and our county, the GBA Awards recognised the fantastic contribution of local individuals and organisations to the mental and physical wellbeing of Berkshire residents. The 'Berkshire physical activity lockdown hero', a campaign celebrating the 9th GBA Awards' winners on BBC Radio Berkshire and social media, united residents, communities and activity providers around the joy and importance of physical activity and helped keep spirits high in the county during the winter lockdown.
This year, as we are recovering from the pandemic, the 10th GBA Awards will continue recognising individuals and organisations that contributed to a healthier and more resilient Berkshire. There is one award category – the 'Berkshire physical activity hero'.
Steph is Director of Community Programmes at Reading Rockets Basketball Club. Despite having 2 hip operations over the past year, she has worked hard to support the team, coaching sessions on crutches and encouraging young people (predominantly those from low socioeconomic backgrounds) to get active. As well as delivering for ages 4-11+, Steph takes care of Rocket Hubs and Satellite Clubs, supporting over 680 young people, with a waiting list of 152. She also delivers SEN sessions for adults, young people and carers. Besides weekly sessions Steph designs and delivers camps in the school holidays for all the groups mentioned above, including specific camps for different skill sets.
From a Back to Basketball initiative Steph delivered, the women who attended became so enthusiastic that she applied for them to join the Regional League where they play competitively.
When participation was not an option due to Covid, Steph chased grants with so much success that bigger charities funded the establishment of new Satellite and Hub clubs with financial commitment into next year.