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Physical Activity and Health

Physical Activity and Health in Waveney and Great Yarmouth….helping Suffolk become Britain’s Most Active County!


Meet The Team

Here you can meet the team behind Sentinel Leisure Trust Physical Activity and Health.

Claire Henwood, Chief Executive - Claire started her career with Waveney District Council in October 1993 as a lifeguard, progressing through the ranks and taking the leisure services through its first Quest assessment. Moving over to sports & leisure development in 2001, projects have included facility development at Dip Farm and Waterlane, working with sports clubs & schools, developing the community sport network and leading on a number of Sport England funded projects. More recently the role has moved over to Sentinel Leisure Trust, delivering community sport & leisure for the district. Current priorities include the development of a built facilities assessment and leisure strategy for the district, management and delivery of the Lottery funded Lowestoft Ogogo project and management of Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s sports development service. Claire is also involved with our Education programme. In November 2019 Claire took over the role of Chief Executive at Sentinel Leisure Trust.

Matt Stebbings, Senior Physical Activity and Health Manager - Matt graduated in 2010 with a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science and continued to complete an MSc Sports Science in 2012. Matt has been with WDC/SLT since 2007, starting out his career as a casual Lifeguard, progressing to Duty Manager of the newly refurbished Waterlane Leisure Centre before moving to Sports Development in 2015. Matt has previous experience coaching all ages and abiltiies in a number of different sports, predominately in football. During his role in Sports Development he has Project Managed Beat The Street Lowestoft, Club 1 and #ParkLives to name a few as well as being actively involved in the summer school sports programmes and numerous sporting and celebration events throughout the calender year. Matt is also involved with our Education and health realted programmes such as Wellbeing Prescription, Changing Lives and Making Memories. Matt is the project lead for Love Exploring and has recently stepped into the Senior Physical Activity and Health Manager Role, leading the team to deliver on all physical activity and health projects for the trust and the community. 

Alex Bond, Physical Activity and Health Manager - Lowestoft O-go-go 

Alex graduated in 2001 with a BSc in Sport Science with Leisure & Recreation in 2001. Having spent five years in hotel management, she returned to coaching and sport development in 2006 with Norfolk County Council and the School Sport Partnerships as a Multi Skills Coach. In 2008 she took the role of Competition Manager working closely with the Youth Sport Trust and the Norfolk School Sport Partnerships. When funding ceased in 2011, she joined Active Norfolk as a Rural Sports Development Officer covering sport development across Great Yarmouth & South Norfolk, with the role changing focus in 2014 to cover School Games and the Primary Premium, Alex moved to Project Officer for Lowestoft O-go-go with SLT, with the project becoming the main focus of her work. The project aims to offer opportunities for three priority age groups – Young Mums, 55+ & Over 70’s to access physical activity in non-traditional settings in Lowestoft.

Lee Drewery, Physical Activity and Health Manager

Lee is a sport management graduate of Sheffield Hallam university; Lee began his career managing the sport England mobile gym in 2009.  Lee has been working in the industry for twelve years and held many different positions; fitness instructor, team coach, personal trainer, Health and Fitness Manager, Health Development Manager and now Physical Activity and Health Manager. Lee has a vast array of qualifications, some significant ones include health and wellbeing practitioner, level 3 gp referral, advanced nutrition, dementia friend and corrective exercise. In day to day life Lee spends a lot of time with his wife and two girls; whilst still remaining active with regular gym use. At sentinel Leisure Trust Lee is the Wellbeing Prescription lead which is recognised as ‘Excellent’ according to QUEST. Lee is also responsible for managing all health initiatives and primary interventions for a healthier community. 

Katie Forbes, Community Sport and Leisure Assistant - Apprentice 

Katie joined Sentinel in September 2019 after completing her GCSE’s. Katie has a passion for sport, having played at county netball and undertaking a Sports Leadership role at High School. Since joining Sentinel, she has worked on several areas including Love Exploring, Football Industry College, Making a Positive Change Course and O-Go-Go.

Katie’s apprenticeship will see her gain an advanced diploma in sports development alongside leisure specific qualifications such as walking netball, first aid, making every contact count and bee netball. Katies time at Sentinel will take her up to September 2021 at which time she hopes to take on a permanent role within the Trust.

What We Do ?

Our role is to develop sport and activity programmes & facilities in Waveney and Great Yarmouth and support the development of clubs, coaches and volunteers in the district.

We are committed to getting more people in Waveney and Great Yarmouth playing sport and being active and providing everyone with the opportunity to achieve their sporting goals.

Most Active County

Most Active County was launched in February 2012 to provide a framework for partners in Suffolk to work together to create, promote and commission sport and physical activity opportunities that promote healthy, active lifestyles, shift inactive behaviours and address the barriers that communities or individuals face in accessing sport, leisure and physical activity.

Key aims
•    To develop community-led participation in sport and physical activity
•    To improve the use of physical assets and the environment for sport and physical activity
•    To address sport and health inequality
•    To deliver national governing body plans for an active lifestyle
•    To increase activity amongst children and young people
•    To develop Suffolk as a host for mass participation sports events

Active Suffolk

The County Sports Partnership for Suffolk - to provide you with a single source of sport and physical activity information for players, clubs, coaches volunteers, partners and the media in the county.

Suffolk Sport is one of 49 County Sports Partnerships across England. Working with a wide-range of local partners, our aim is to make Suffolk a physically active and successful sporting county.

Aim is to make Suffolk a physically active and successful sporting county through the provision of high-quality opportunities for everyone

Active Norfolk

The County Sports Partnership for Norfolk - to provide the single source of activity information for players, organisers, supporters and media.

They work in partnership with all of Norfolk's local authorities, Public Health Norfolk and Sport England to increase participation in sport and physical activity.

Active Norfolk is one of 49 County Sports Partnerships across England. Working with a wide-range of local partners, our aim is to make Suffolk a physically active and successful sporting coun

Their mission is to make Norfolk an active, healthy and successful sporting county. Whether you are a sports club, school, coach, volunteer, athlete or just interested in getting involved in sport and physical activity, we can provide you with the support, information and advice you are looking for. 

Summer Festival - a new festival for Lowestoft, designed to provide a range of fun activities for the community to enjoy, attract visitors to the town and raise money for local charitable causes.

 O-go-go - O-go-go is funded by Sport England through the Community Sport Activation Fund. This fund is a lottery funding programme, which builds on previous funding campaigns, that have shown that the key to success is finding out what people want from sport and what is stopping them from getting involved, before designing an offer that’s appealing, accessible and secures their long-term involvement.

An exciting partnership programme developed by Sentinel Leisure Trust, Suffolk County Council and Lowestoft Rising, is aiming to focus on the provision and engaging of individuals, aged 55+ men and women and young mothers, who are currently inactive and from the town of Lowestoft.

Our project will have three key delivery strands – taster sessions, activity programmes and signposting, with the ultimate aim of providing long term sustainable participation.

We aim to show individuals that sport and physical activity can be informal, fun and social and demonstrate how it can be incorporated into people’s everyday lives. We will offer support, choice and opportunity for regular ongoing participation. The innovative programme will take traditional and non-traditional activities to non-traditional venues to show that participation is open to everyone. 

Ogogo has recently expanded into te market towns to delvier similar older population projects.

For more information

FANS - Waveney & Great Yarmouth FREE ACCESS TO NATIONAL SPORTSPEOPLE scheme is a Sports Development initiative, designed to provide support to the districts’ leading talented sports performers by reducing the financial burden of training costs. The scheme provides nationally ranked sports people with free access to participating local authority leisure and sports facilities at designated times, for personal training and development.

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