teachers from across the capital have been shortlisted for TeamUp’s London
Sport Teacher of the Year Award as a result of their passion and dedication for
ensuring young girls have equal access and opportunities to play sport.
The inaugural award run
by TeamUp, an initiative
designed to engage schools and help teachers deliver team sports to girls, aims
to recognise and celebrate the hugely significant role teachers play in the
development of young girls.
Out of over 50 nominations received,
there were four teachers that stood out for their commitment to personal
development and delivering cricket, hockey and/or netball to girls in school.
Those shortlisted are: Erin Hebblewhite, Connaught School for Girls; Maria
Papazoglou, Whitefield School; Rob Agnew, Muschamp Primary School;
and Sophie Nicholas, Notting Hill and Ealing High School.
Joanna Adam, CEO at England Netball,
comments: “With many more boys than girls playing sport in primary school and
into secondary school, it’s hugely important that teachers are doing everything
they can to make sport as appealing and engaging as possible for young girls,
ensuring they get the maximum enjoyment out their PE lessons and beyond.
TeamUp’s London Sport Teacher of the Year Award rewards those already doing
great things to make a difference.”
TeamUp is a joint initiative launched in
2016 by the England & Wales Cricket Board, England Hockey and England
Netball. Its goal is to maximise the legacy of three consecutive home women’s World
Cups between 2017-2019 and ensure that thousands
of seven to 13-year-old girls across the country have the chance to play team
The initiative was given a significant
boost in May 2017 when Wembley National Stadium Trust (WNST) committed over
£650,000 to extend the initiative within the London
boroughs and provide local delivery support for London schools and additional
opportunities for girls to participate in sport. Schools can access this
support by registering at www.teamupengland.com
and applying for support.
The four teachers shortlisted for
London’s Sports Teacher of the Year Award have been invited to
the Vitality Netball SuperLeague Grand Final on Saturday 7th July.
The winner will be announced and presented with their award during the match.
For more information about TeamUp and
how your school can apply for London support, please visit: www.teamupengland.com.