A special event was held to present the patients with awards for their participation and skill at various sports including football, basketball and cricket.
Staff and patients had the opportunity to nominate the individuals and teams they thought were worthy of accolades such as Most Improved in Sport, Team of the Year, Players’ Player and Sports Personality of the Year.
Special guests joining staff and patients on the day included representatives from Notts County Football Club, Sport Nottingham, England Basketball, Notts County Council and Trent Bridge Cricket who all provide support to The Wells Road Centre to provide the sporting opportunities available. Luke Donnelly, who presented the Players’ Player, gave an inspirational speech about how involvement in sport helped him in his own recovery journey, progressing from a service user to a peer support worker in the Trust.
Professor Mike Cooke CBE, Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire Healthcare presented the Sports Personality of the Year award. He said: “This was a fantastic event reflecting over eight years of work getting patients and staff to participate in sport with the last few years really seeing The Wells Road Centre take off. It was lovely to see so many patients so very proud.”
The Centre has been highlighted as a beacon of best practice by Sport England. As part of a Sportivate project, staff have worked with Notts County Football in the Community to ensure patients can get involved with sport and reap the benefits; overcoming barriers to participation including low motivation, lethargy and inactivity due to the side effects of medication.
There were two recipients of the Sports Personality of the Year Award. Lisa Evans, Health Promotion Lead/Fitness Instructor who organised the event said: “This award was really difficult to give to just one person as there are several personalities around The Wells Road Centre and we had to think long and hard about who deserved it most! It went to those individuals who have continued to attend to motivate others, even when they couldn’t play themselves, who will help out whenever they can and often put themselves forward for just about any sport in order to get a game going. We are really proud of all the patients who won awards but also all of the nominees.”
The Wells Road Centre is part of Nottinghamshire Healthcare’s Low Secure and Community Forensic Directorate. It provides three wards for men with mental illness and one for men with a learning disability, and an inpatient service to women cared for by community forensic teams who require a period of low secure care.