21 Jan Healthy Stadia Award for Wolves Community Trust
Wolves Community Trust Recognised For Excellence in Community Health Programmes
The European Healthy Stadia Network was very pleased to recognise the significant achievements of Wolves Community Trust in contributing to the improvement of public health across the local area through presentation of a Healthy Stadia Award Plaque at the match between Wolves FC and Blackpool FC on Saturday 17th January. The Healthy Stadia Award recognises the wide array of health programmes run by the Trust in local settings and on match days, delivering key health messages, providing health education, promoting healthy eating and encouraging physical activity – such as Nordic walking groups – across all ages.
Wolves Community Trust applied for the award in early 2014 after completing a Healthy Stadia Assessment process which provided a benchmark of current policies, initiatives and partnerships promoting health and wellbeing that have been developed by Wolves FC and Wolves Community Trust. Panel members from Healthy Stadia assessing the application were extremely impressed with the variety and extremely high standard of community health projects, some of which stand as examples of best practice within the field.
One of the Trust’s stand-out initiatives is work tackling the chronic disease of diabetes. This project focuses on raising awareness of diabetes and its associated risk factors, as well as supporting those already diagnosed with diabetes to lead a healthier lifestyle. The project also delivers the X-PERT diabetes education programme for type 2 diabetics.
Speaking about the health work developed by Wolves Community Trust, Matthew Philpott, Director of the European Healthy Stadia Network said:
“Wolves Community Trust has demonstrated a wide range of genuinely innovative and effective projects addressing the health needs of local communities across the Wolverhampton area. The Trust joins the likes of Liverpool FC, Aviva Stadium (Dublin), Juventus Stadium (Turin), National Cycling Centre (Manchester) and SL Benfica (Lisbon) in receiving a Healthy Stadia award in recognition of this work. Many congratulations go to all concerned at the Trust on behalf of the European Healthy Stadia Network in delivering such a high standard of public health education and interventions.”
Katrina Hull, Health and Inclusion Manager at Wolves Community Trust added:
“We were delighted when we recieved the news that our application had been successful. The Trust has expanded over recent years, offering a diverse and comprehensive programme of activities for all ages and receipt of this award is recognition of all the hard work and dedication from the team of staff at the Trust. Being part of the European Healthy Stadia Network is a positive step for Wolves Community Trust and we look forward to the new opportunities this presents as well as the insight we will gain from sharing best practice and research between organisations accross Europe”