“The children deserve this award” – Active Fusion presented with Doncaster Business Award
Active Fusion were presented with their first ever Doncaster Business Award yesterday, while teaching an after-school club at Tickhill St Mary’s C of E Primary & Nursery School.
The education charity, who claimed the Business Engaging with Education award at the 22nd annual Doncaster Business Awards, were joined at their popular after–school club by Doncaster Chamber representatives to celebrate the award.
2020 saw Active Fusion lead the way in offering children and families the opportunity to remain physically active and mentally stimulated at home during all three national lockdowns. Their “˜PE Parent’ resource was downloaded more than 4,500 times and delivered to 7,000 homes across Doncaster.
The charity also ran the first wave of safe face-to-face delivery during the Summer Staycation project, with 446 children benefiting from six weeks of physical activity with their peers, before delivering similar enriching camps in October and December.
Will Monteiro, Active Fusion Apprentice, said: “It was a huge honour to be on hand to receive the award on behalf of the entire team at Active Fusion.
“We are passionate about engaging with schools, children and families, so without their support this would not have happened. It was nice to receive the award surrounded by the very children we work with day in day out.
“The children deserve this award.”
Active Fusion opted to put their valued members of staff at the forefront of their application to “˜tell their story’ with passion, drive and commitment, which was not missed by the panels of judges for the award.
As a finalist, Active Fusion were required to partake in interviews conducted by Doncaster Chamber and the Award Sponsor, which involved demonstrating their company values, capabilities and aspirations for each award category.
So what made Active Fusion stand out to the panel of judges?
“The children deserve this award.”
Judge one: “The applicant outlined a truly compelling case for this award. Completely relevant to the circumstances of the present time, Active Fusion has already transformed the life experiences of so many. First class submission.”
Judge two: “The volume of learners they engage in the region is really commendable and they are obviously well structured and have a demonstrable impact. The submission was well structured and articulate. Fantastic supplementary evidence with sound case studies.”
Judge three: “Really strong entry outlining the large number of areas in which the business engages with young people throughout the borough. The business has supported so many young people, and been inclusive in their approach to ensure the impact is maximum. They should be applauded for everything they do and continue to do for Doncaster’s next generation.”
Judge four: “Explained clearly their motives and objectives for working in this area and there was a clear passion to want to make improvements for the Borough. Demonstrated how they quickly adapted to inline services throughout Covid and could continue to support their learners. They have a 3-year plan for sustainability as well as continuing to provide free holiday programmes for vulnerable children.”
The charity has worked closely with the Doncaster Chamber on a number of initiatives to support local businesses, young people and the wider local community. Hopefully, 2021 will bring about further opportunities for collaboration.