The Vision of Derbyshire as one of the most active and successful sporting counties in the country has been the focus of a special event.
The event saw the publication of the Derbyshire Sport Annual Review, and two important plans which will help to achieve this vision.
Delegates enjoyed a range of presentations, videos and interviews, which celebrated some of the successes of the last year, and set out the priorities for the future of an Active Derbyshire and the development of talent.
Delivery of the Derbyshire Talent Identification and Development Plan will ensure that all athletes with the potential to excel are identified appropriately; that identified athletes are able to access high-quality training and competition, linked to national governing body talent pathways; and that those working with athletes receive the training and information needed to identify and develop them.
Schools, colleges, school sport partnerships, the Derbyshire Schools’ Sports Association, local authorities, the Derbyshire Institute of Sport, clubs and national governing bodies of sport all have an important role to play, to ensure that athletes reach their potential.
Targets include correctly identifying 180 young people per year into district talent development opportunities, hosting local disability talent camps to identify ten talented athletes with special educational needs or a disability each year, and increasing the number of sport-specific academies in the county from the existing three – for netball, basketball and golf – to ten academies in a range of sports.
The Active Derbyshire Plan was also launched, outlining ambitions for getting more people to become more active and tackling the issue of physical inactivity at all ages.
Cllr Paul Smith, chairman of Derbyshire Sport, said: “Derbyshire has produced many outstanding sportsmen and women, who have achieved success internationally. However there is much to be done to ensure success is by design and not by chance, and that every young person in Derbyshire has the same chance of achieving their potential.
“Success and strong sporting role models are also a great way to inspire participation and can only help to encourage more people to become active in sport and physical activity and complement the work outlined in the refreshed Active Derbyshire Plan.”