Bedford Borough Council’s Sports Development Team has won a Mental Health and Wellbeing Award in the “Support During the Pandemic” category.

It is to recognise the work that the Council’s team carried out to keep residents active during the pandemic, alongside bringing together isolated and vulnerable members of the community.

The Sports Development team were nominated by local organisation Team BEDS&LUTON. It gave special thanks to Robert Lindsay, a Sports Development Officer at Bedford Borough Council, for going above and beyond to make sure that residents can access the free online exercise classes they have been facilitating throughout the pandemic.

Robert Lindsay, said:

“Receiving this national award is a fantastic achievement and a credit to all those involved. Our coaches and the participants are amazing and at an incredibly difficult time the willingness to adapt and to try new activities was truly inspiring.

“I am so pleased that we were able to offer this support network to people and that we can continue to offer physical activity sessions that aim to improve health and wellbeing.”

The team also organised regular coffee and catch up sessions that allowed the community to come together and talk.

Cllr Doug McMurdo, portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said:

“We’re incredibly proud of the Sports Development team and the work that they have done throughout the pandemic to unite the community and keep people active.

“The team have always gone above and beyond to provide an exceptional service to residents and it’s great to see them get the recognition that they deserve through The Mental Health and Wellbeing Awards. Residents of the borough should be proud of our team and the service that they provide.”

If you, or someone you know, would like to get involved with Bedford Borough Council’s free online exercise classes, you can find out more by visiting Bedford Sport Live