It’s been busy at Mintridge HQ this month, as we have been leading programmes across the country, as well as celebrating some incredibly exciting news for the Foundation.

In last month’s column we let everyone know about the fantastic award that our Director, Alex Paske had been shortlisted for in the Sunday Times Sports Woman of the Year Grassroots category. Since then, we are incredibly proud to announce that Alex won the award and was supported by members of the public who voted for her. It was an incredible evening for Alex who also got to meet some inspirational female sports stars and role models, as well as the other candidates who are working so hard to improve and enhance sports participation for all.

Since winning the award, Alex has been spreading the word about The Mintridge Foundation and the work we do across the country with our sporting Ambassadors. Each of our Ambassadors has an inspirational story to tell about their journey to success, and the setbacks they have overcome to get there. We hope that more schools and clubs will invite The Mintridge Foundation and our Ambassadors to lead coaching sessions, presentations and Q&A sessions when they hear more about the work we are doing.

This month we have enjoyed numerous programmes including a Bronze Netball Programme with Eboni Usoro-Brown at Halos Netball Club, a Bronze Netball Programme with Pamela Cookey at Wimbourne Netball Club, and a fantastic Bronze Hockey Programme with Crista Cullen at Roedean School.

We are also looking forward to several programmes this month. We will be attending the Birmingham City Women vs West Ham United Women FC football match with Laura Bassett and her two Gold Programme Mentees from Wootton Park School. We will also be delivering a Silver Mentoring Programme with James Golding at Campion School, which has been funded by a local property developer, Bowbridge Homes.

Another celebration for the Foundation came on a Friday evening this month when we had the pleasure of taking Marko Backovic’s Mentee, from Ingham Primary School, who has been mentored by him for six months, to a basketball game to watch him play. It was a great evening to end a very successful six months of mentoring and a great way to celebrate the relationship that has formed during the mentoring. It was great to witness the impact the mentoring has had on Marko’s mentee and the continued focus he has had since speaking with Marko. We are incredibly grateful to the DBL Sharks Sheffield who welcomed the Foundation and Marko’s mentee, presenting him with gifts, including a signed ball and foam finger to add to his fan collection.

The mentoring that The Mintridge Foundation offers after we have delivered school and club programmes is the perfect way to extend the support we provide and encourage more young people to do well, whether that be in their sport or school life.

Another announcement for the Foundation comes in the form of a celebration for our amazing Ambassadors. Our England netballer and Commonwealth Gold medallist, Eboni Usoro-Brown has been selected to represent the England Roses in the Uganda Series this November.

We are also pleased to announce that Will Chudley, our Rugby Ambassador, is back from injury, so we hope to see him playing again soon.