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12th Annual Bude CATS Awards Evening

The 12th Annual Community Action Through Sport (CATS) Awards Evening was hosted at the Parkhouse Centre in Bude on Thursday 26th May. What a wonderful turn out, with 85 young people being recognised and rewarded for their positive community action, which equated to an outstanding 2,657 volunteer hours between them and over £6,605 raised for local and national charities. The audience were treated to performances from the Budehaven steel band Steelhaven and jazz band, under the expert guidance of Bethany Wade and the year 7 and 8 Dance Group, inspired by Clare Collingham.

The hosts, Denise May MBE and Martin Reay welcomed the guest presenters for the evening, Eva Pascoe – U14 Welsh Dry Ski Slope Champion, U14 British Champion and winner of the U14 GBR Outdoor Series. Eva also trains indoors on artificial snow and competes during the winter in the Alps and is only a year 8 student from Callington Community College! Also Cassie Patten – Olympic Bronze medallist, double world Silver medallist, European cup champion, swimming world cup winner and great supporter of Bude Sea Pool.

SCHOOL CATS

Eva presented the School category, which included level 2,3 and 4 winners: – Tilly Dumbleton & Poppy Jennings for their support manning the Budehaven garden stall at Bude for food, handling the money and serving the general public; Jasmine Wallis & Max Busby who have supported numerous events after school, working both independently and as part of a team, Max has also been recognised later for his role with the army cadets; Kelsey Wosnitzka; Emma Fanet; Charlie Butler; Tiegan Goodedge; Amber Sobey; Emily Medland for their support to The Haven student management group, taking the initiative and leading the student input to the centre

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The Bude infant school students were nominated for their work as year 2 school councillors, developing healthy eating in their school kitchen, introducing the children to new foods with a view to bringing some elements onto the menu in the future. The four school councillors served up the food to the whole school (150+ children) and in fact they were professional ‘server- uppers’! Level 2 winners: – Amelia jones; Leo Carrington; Caitlin Rees and Rowan Alexander

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Stratton primary school nominated some of their year 6 children, part of a small group who volunteered to distribute the school milk at playtime to other pupils. They did this all year with very little adult intervention. Level 2 winners: – Sian White; Cara Walker; Danni Garrett; Izzy Garrett; Nitalia Jacquett; Natalia Tilly; Kacie Cornish and Jade Goatcher.

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Level 4 winners, Thomas Trick, Laurie Marriott and Liam Drewery have been an exceptional technical team, helping the music and drama departments at Budehaven. They shared their knowledge with other students and organised the setting up of technical equipment for large scale projects. Once again they attended the Parkhouse making the CATS Awards Evening go ahead under the excellent supervision of Mark Toothill.

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Thomas Marples has been an exceptional help and addition to the music department at Budehaven. He was also musical director for the Bude Youth Theatre production of ‘the last train to Bude…?’ Thomas played piano for all rehearsals, ran group singing sessions and even ran workshops in local primary schools.

 

FUNDRAISING

Bude Junior School nominated the following students for their fundraising efforts. Cal Newberry, Raffay Rowland and Iona Rowland joined together to initiate their own sponsored swim that eventually raised over £200 for sport relief. Lottie Hinson, Ben Varcoe, Ellie Mallard, Olivia Gregory, Poppy Luxton and Charlie Bird, the current year 6 school councillors, collated fundraising ideas from all classes for children in need and sport relief, raising over £2500 through a whole host of activities. Maizie and Poppy Bennett have been instrumental in initiating activities to raise awareness and money for childhood leukaemia – especially in the case of their younger brother Ben.  Mille Miles raised £56 at the Pendeen car boot sale for the Dr Hadden Trust, which is a charity that campaigns against the testing of medicines on animals. All level 2 winners.

Level 4 winners: – Chantelle Broad raised money for cancer research. Ella Henry-Brock completed a 5km taplin in aid of Bude sea pool and Bude nippers completing 1.25 km swim, 1.75 km board paddle & a 2 km beach run and raised £1,415. Anna Harper independently supported the Bude junior school charity fundraising initiatives for children in need and sport relief raising over £250 through her own fundraising efforts. Sean Giles was inspired by a friend of his father who walked 500 miles from Oxford to Scotland before Christmas to raise money for Clic Sargent for a young man called Kai Laidlaw. So Sean dyed his hair blue as Kai lived in Scotland, hence the blue hair. Just before he did this Kai died he was only three years old.  Sean managed to raise £290 by dying his hair blue in memory of kai and set up a just giving page for Clic Sargent.

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SPECIAL RECOGNITION

We also recognised the incredible efforts of a very special brother and sister from Bude. Now if last year’s fundraising achievements of Samuel Jennings, riding from John O’Groats to Lands’ End, raising £19,000 wasn’t enough, brother and sister have teamed up together to carry out Samuel and Poppy’s 141 miles Cornish coastal challenge, in aid of Talan Penny, Ben Bennett and Clic Sargent, over their half term break. With this in mind, we congratulated and wished them luck on their venture, as well as donating all the proceedings from the raffle, £216.00 to their cause.

WIDER COMMUNITY

Cassie Patten presented these Level 2, 3 and 4 winners in the wider community category. Paige Cornish, Sikira Bevan and Tyler Harris as the outstanding junior organising committee for Friday Night Splash helped by Jack Rowe who were congratulated for their commitment to attending every Friday, taking responsibility for registering, taking monies, running activities & solving any issue. Sikira was also recognised for taking her level 3 paediatric first aid course, an adult level 3 course, which she passed with flying colours,

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Robert Fitzpatrick and Katie Ackford were recognised for their support at Bude Workclub, helping a lot of people gain skills to look for work and are valued members of the team.

Bethany Hiatt as a regular volunteer at Tamar Lakes Park run, acting as an assistant timekeeper and tail runner.

Level 2, 3 and 4 winners: – Jaik Payne who has supported Morwenstow Community Centre fundraising events for more than three years as a valuable member of the team during events. Mia Chalkley has also joined forces and supported at a number of events.

Sam Munday is an active member of Bude Waveriders and Bude Football Club, helping others and always with a big smile on his face.

Carley Marie Inch, Bude town band, attends all practices and plays in the full band at concerts, being committed to many community events, at only 9 years of age.

Another committed band member is James Moyers, chairman of St Gennys silver band for 4 years, music librarian at Bude metric brass since the band started and an additional player at Camelford town band for 2 years. He has also played 2 instruments in both St Gennys and metric for over 10 years.

Within a year at cub scouts Lochy Laurenson has achieved an incredible amount, gaining the highest level possible and in addition supporting his fellow cubs, always very helpful towards his team leaders.

Margaret Frost, from the Bude Carnival Committee came on stage to present the Young Ambassador trophy to Elizabeth Hobbs, for all her work over her two years in office.

Bude Army Cadet Force were nominated by their Sergeant for their collection for poppies selling them annually and make a considerable sum of money that goes to help for heroes. They looked particularly smart in their uniforms: -Level 3 winners: – Kai Gordon; Bailey Cook; James Quinton; Charlie Robinson; George Martin; Tiffany Richardson; Destiny Manktelow; Daniel Smith; Bradley Ruff; Jimmy Snelgrove; Lucas Whatley; Mary Ann Broad; Tom Hingley; Sam Tasker; Jack Sillifant; Charles Pugh; Reece Osbourne; Callum Moore; Jo Szanislo; Owain Handley; Molly Martin; Andrew Lawson; Max Busby and Alex Ellmer

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ENVIRONMENT

Jack Shorland, Level 3 winner was nominated for his outstanding work supporting Widemouth Task Force Environmental Group.

SPORTS COACHING

Stean shepherd, Level 5 winner was nominated for his incredible work coaching basketball to numerous Budehaven students of all ages and also in the community. Not only has he been pivotal as a coach, he has been an inspiration to all the others in the team and has been very active in recruitment and retention of members of the school club, as well as initiating a new community club.

Level 3 winners were Chloe Rookes & Maddie Weston, not only strong committed members of the local gig club, but fully committed to the Budehaven indoor rowing team, setting up the rowing machines, supporting other students, leading training sessions and generally being  superstar rowing leaders, without whom the club would struggle to make such incredible progress.

Level 2 winner Mia Hodgson was recognised for playing an active part in helping at netball club right through the autumn and spring terms in St Mark’s primary school, which she left last year.

Bude SLSC nominated Level 5 winner Ella Henwood, who as a fully qualified trainer and assessor, has shown extreme maturity in delivering the surf lifeguard award, a vocational qualification, to numerous members of the club. Not only does she deliver her own courses, but also assesses courses delivered by other trainers, at both Bude and other clubs. She is also a level 2 coach and helps with the coaching of the junior and nipper sections within Bude SLSC.

OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERSON

The final award of the evening was to the 2016 Outstanding Young Person of the Year, which was presented by Samuel Jennings, last year’s winner and guest presenters Eva and Cassie. This year there were joint winners, Stean Shepherd and Ella Henwood, both outstanding and inspirational young people who have made such a difference to so many other young people.

Thanks were given to all the sponsors of the awards, Budehaven Community Leisure, Raven Surf School, The Big Sheep, Outdoor Adventure, Tempus Leisure Ltd, Adventure International, Harlequinns and HPT Sport without whom this evening would not be possible. Also to the many helpers on the evening,

Denise May MBE

All photos courtesy of Bob Willingham at Studio Southwest

Looking Good Feeling Good!

Bude CATS have recently supported a 6 week Looking Good Feeling Good scheme at Budehaven for female students aged 12 – 14. Please click L.G.F.G summerised Evaluation for the feedback from the young people!

FRIDAY NIGHT SPLASH open to Year 6 pupils in May 2016

In order to support successful transitions, the volunteer-led Bude CATS committee have taken the decision to once again open up the popular FRIDAY NIGHT SPLASH sessions to Year 6 pupils from Budehaven’s Primary Feeder schools.

Session will be opened up to include Year 6 pupils on the following dates –

FRIDAY 6TH MAY 2016

FRIDAY 13TH MAY 2016

FRIDAY 20TH MAY 2016

FRIDAY 27TH MAY 2016

Consent forms have been made available to all the Budehaven Primary Feeder schools.

Please ensure that all Year 6 pupils, who wish to attend one or more of the above FRIDAY NIGHT SPLASH sessions, return their completed consent form when they attend their FIRST session. Please note that FRIDAY NIGHT SPLASH operates a strict no form, no swim Policy!

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Nominate NOW for the 2016 Bude CATS Awards Evening

Use the link below to nominate NOW for the 2016 Bude CATS Awards Evening

Bude CATS 2016 NOMINATION FORM

Young people (aged 5 – 25) can be recognised for ANY kind of VOLUNTEER WORK, it does NOT have to be sport related!

The Bude CATS 2016 Awards Evening will take place on 26th May 2016 at The Parkhouse Centre in Bude

Cut off date for nominations for this inspiring event is 14th April 2016

 

EXTRA dates ADDED for Friday Night Splash in 2016

Bude CATS are happy to announce that Friday Night Splash will run on the following dates in 2016

08.01.16 – 12.02.16 inclusive

26.02.16 – 18.03.16 inclusive

15.04.16 – 27.05.16 inclusive

Friday Night Splash is a fun and inclusive swim session held at Splash Leisure Pool in Bude on Friday nights. It is a community programme that was developed originally by two 15 year old girls in 2010. They saw a need to provide young people with an activity on a Friday night to help reduce or prevent anti-social behaviour related incidents occurring. Since 2010 Friday Night Splash has gone from strength to strength!

Friday night splash is open to all Budehaven students; Year 7 through to Year 11, If you are interested in coming along then pick up a consent form from Budehaven Community School Valley Road reception. Be sure that you return your completed consent form to Ms Hassall – Friday Night Splash operates a strict NO FORM, NO SWIM policy.

Friday Night Splash will at times be opened up to students in Year 6 in order to aid transition BUT only by prior arrangement and communication.

Sessions run from 7:15pm to 9pm and cost £1.50 per young person. Lockers MUST be used to store any personal belongings during the sessions and are available at an additional 20p per locker, which is non-refundable. Money, mobile phones and valuables brought to the sessions are the responsibility of the young person attending; Bude CATS cannot accept any responsibility for such belongings.

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Friday Night Splash is BACK for 2016

The popular Friday Night Splash sessions run by the volunteer led Bude CATS committee are back from 2016!

Friday Night Splash will run from 08.01.2016 – 12.02.16 inclusive and will then run from 26.02.16 – 18.03.16 inclusive. More dates will be confirmed early in 2016.

Friday Night Splash is a fun and inclusive swim session held at Splash Leisure Pool in Bude on Friday nights. It is a community programme that was developed originally by two 15 year old girls in 2010. They saw a need to provide young people with an activity on a Friday night to help reduce or prevent anti-social behaviour related incidents occurring. Since 2010 Friday Night Splash has gone from strength to strength!

Friday night splash is open to all Budehaven students; Year 7 through to Year 11, If you are interested in coming along then pick up a consent form from Budehaven Community School Valley Road reception. Be sure that you return your completed consent form to Ms Hassall – Friday Night Splash operates a strict NO FORM, NO SWIM policy. Sessions run from 7:15pm to 9pm and cost £1.50 per young person. Lockers MUST be used to store any personal belongings during the sessions and are available at an additional 20p per locker, which is non-refundable. Money, mobile phones and valuables brought to the sessions are the responsibility of the young person attending; Bude CATS cannot accept any responsibility for such belongings.

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Christmas Message from Bude CATS

Our volunteer led Bude CATS committee would like to issue the following Christmas update for 2015 –

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Bude CATS would like to highlight our successes, primarily recognising, promoting, and rewarding 122 Bude young people for their 3,869 hours of volunteering this year. Many rewarding projects have run throughout the year, including a home cooking qualification; Looking Good Feeling Good; Tae Kwon Do – Sports Diversionary; Art Club; Transition Multi-skills; First Aid; Mindfulness Course; Trampolining; Street Dance Transition – Boys; Transition Multi-sports; Sailing; Horse & Pony Care Club, with many qualifications being gained. If you know of any young people who deserve being recognised in 2016, please use the link below to nominate NOW for the 2016 Bude CATS Awards Evening

Bude CATS 2016 NOMINATION FORM

 

At the moment our main focus is Friday Night Splash which is a fun and inclusive swim session held at Splash Leisure Pool in Bude on Friday nights. It is a community programme developed originally by two 15 year old girls in 2010. They saw a need to provide young people with an activity on a Friday night to help reduce or prevent anti-social behaviour related incidents occurring. Since then it’s gone from strength to strength, now entering its 6th year. The confirmed dates for Friday Night Splash are as follows,

Friday 02.10.15 to Friday 23.10.15 inclusive,

Friday 06.11.15 to Friday 11.12.15 inclusive

Friday 08.01.16 to Friday 12.02.16 inclusive

Friday 26.02.16 to Friday 18.03.16 inclusive

Further dates will be confirmed in 2016.

 

Friday night splash is open to all Budehaven students; Year 7 through to Year 11, If you are interested in coming along then pick up a consent form from Budehaven Community School Valley Road reception.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from all at Bude CATS

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Nominate NOW for the 2016 Bude CATS Awards Evening

Use the link below to nominate NOW for the 2016 Bude CATS Awards Evening

Bude CATS 2016 NOMINATION FORM

Young people (aged 5 – 25) can be recognised for ANY kind of VOLUNTEER WORK, it does NOT have to be sport related!

The Bude CATS 2016 Awards Evening will take place on 26th May 2016 at The Parkhouse Centre in Bude

Cut off date for nominations for this insporing event is 14th April 2016

Friday Night Splash is BACK!

The popular Bude CATS’ Friday Night Splash sessions have returned and participant numbers are steady each week but there is room for more young people to attend these FUN and INCLUSIVE sessions and so young volunteers supporting the sessions have been busy designing some flyers to help drive participant numbers up!

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Bude CATS committee set date for their 2016 Awards Evening

The volunteer led Bude CATS committee have set the date for their 2016 CATS Awards Evening – this inspirational event will be held on THURSDAY 26.05.2016 at The Parkhouse Centre in Bude.

Exact timings will be confirmed nearer the date – please watch this space!

If you know of a young person (aged 5 – 25) who deserves recognition for their positive community action (volunteer work) be sure to NOMINATE them.  A link to the 2016 Nomination Form will follow shortly as will details of the cut-off date for nominations

Help Bude CATS to PROMOTE, RECOGNISE AND REWARD positive young people (aged 5 – 25) for their volunteer work!

 

FRIDAY NIGHT SPLASH BACK WITH A BANG AFTER HALF TERM BREAK

Friday Night Splash will be BACK in Bude with a BANG on Friday 6th November 2015, after taking a break for Half Term!

Attendance numbers have been creeping up as word spreads of the fun on offer at Friday Night Splash sessions – NEW equipment has been sourced to help increase the FUN.

Friday Night Splash sessions will run on the following FRIDAYS –

Friday 06.11.15 to Friday 11.12.15 inclusive

Friday 08.01.16 to Friday 12.02.16 inclusive

Friday 26.02.16 to Friday 18.03.16 inclusive

Further dates will be confirmed in 2016.

 

 

Friday Night Splash is open to all Budehaven students in Year 7 through to Year 11. Sessions run from 7:15pm to 9pm and cost £1.50 per young person. Lockers MUST be used to store any personal belongings during the sessions and are available at an additional 20p per locker, which is non-refundable. Money, mobile phones and valuables brought to the sessions are the responsibility of the young person attending; Bude CATS cannot accept any responsibility for such belongings.

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Why not come along and have some fun!

FRIDAY NIGHT SPLASH IS BACK!

The popular FRIDAY NIGHT SPLASH sessions, run by the volunteer Bude CATS committee returned to Bude on 02.10.15.

Anne Hassall of Bude CATS and Budehaven School, who is leading the sessions, reported that a total of 41 young people attended on 02.10.15, including a small group of young volunteers who are helping to ensure that sessions run smoothly. Bude CATS expect numbers to increase as word spreads of the return of FRIDAY NIGHT SPLASH.

Many thanks to Angie Nute who is supporting Ms Hassall as a LEADER and to our young volunteers; Sikira Bevan, Joe Cox, Charles Pugh, Jamie Henry, and Paige Cornish

FRIDAY NIGHT SPLASH RETURNS – 02.10.15

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The volunteer Bude CATS committee have released the following information about the RETURN of their popular Friday Night Splash sessions in Autumn 2015 –

Dear Parent / Guardian,

 RE: FRIDAY NIGHT SPLASH  

 Friday Night Splash, which is run by the volunteer Bude CATS committee, is returning to Bude for Autumn 2015!

Friday Night Splash is a fun and inclusive swim session held at Splash Leisure Pool in Bude and operating on Friday nights, it is a community programme developed originally by two 15 year old girls in 2010. They saw a need to provide young people with an activity on a Friday night to help reduce or prevent anti-social behaviour related incidents occurring.

Friday Night Splash will begin on FRIDAY 2ND OCTOBER 2015 and will be open to all Budehaven students in Year 7 through to Year 11. Sixth Form students will also be welcome to support sessions as volunteers. Sessions will run from 7:15pm to 9pm and will cost £1.50 per young person. Lockers MUST be used to store any personal belongings during the sessions and are available at an additional 20p per locker, which is non-refundable. Money, mobile phones and valuables brought to the sessions are the responsibility of the young person attending; Bude CATS cannot accept any responsibility for such belongings.

If your son/daughter (young person in your care) wishes to attend Friday Night Splash sessions AT ANY STAGE during 2015/2016 they MUST return the attached REGISTRATION / CONSENT FORM. Friday Night Splash sessions will operate on a strict NO FORM, NO SWIM basis.

Please return the REGISTRATION / CONSENT FORMS as soon as possible to Ms Hassall via the Vally Road reception at Budehaven School.

Friday Night Splash sessions are restricted to a maximum of 171 young people participating in each session, please bear this in mind if dropping your son/daughter (young person in your care) off at sessions and ensure they are able to participate PRIOR to leaving the area.

Young people will be issued with a wristband on entry and this MUST be returned prior to departure.

Should you require any further information, please contact the CATS Head Office on 01288 488086 or via info@communityactionthroughsport.org and CATS staff will be happy to assist you on behalf of Bude CATS.

Yours faithfully

Bude CATS

 

REGISTRATION / CONSENT FORMS can be found by clicking FNS Consent Form 2015 FINAL

Friday Night Splash set to RETURN to Bude

Bude CATS are busy planning for the return of their popular Friday Night Splash sessions

Friday Night Splash is a fun activity session held on Friday nights at Splash Leisure Pool in Bude and open to those in Year 7 and above.

A new team of leaders will be running these sessions in 2015 with help from dedicated young volunteers. Watch this space for further updates and the date of the first Friday Night Splash session in 2015!

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Horse & Pony Care scheme

Horse & Pony Care

Bude CATS – in conjunction with Budehaven Community School recently ran two 5 week courses on ‘Horse and Pony Care’ for 10 students from Year 8, 9 and 10.

The course included handling and the care of horses and ponies and was delivered by qualified staff at Laura’s Lessons at Coles Mill Stables in Holsworthy. There was no riding involved until the final week, when all ten students enjoyed an hour’s group ride. 9 of the girls gained a Level 1 Pony Care Certif…icate.

Asked about any challenges the girls had to overcome another said, “I wasn’t very good at communicating with others but now I feel more confident when working with people” and “I was nervous of horses as I was once bitten but I feel happier now.” Another girl said she really enjoyed getting to know the people and working independently with the horses and riding them

Laura Axford who ran the scheme commented that she felt that all the girls developed a trust and respect for the animals and it raised their self-esteem and team building skills.

Many thanks to Elaine Greensmith who took the girls every week to the stables, Laura for providing the scheme and Bude CATS for funding it.

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NEW Windsurfing & Sailing scheme run by Bude CATS

 

Bude CATS – Community Action Through Sport recently funded an After School Sailing and Windsurfing Course held at Tamar Lake Watersports Centre. The first session started on Friday 5th June and the course ran for 5 sessions. 13 young people between 12-14 years attended the course and worked towards completing a RYA stage of the sailing/windsurfing qualification.

Through the generosity of Bude CATS there was no charge for the cost of instruction and return transport to Tamar Lake for the 5 sessions. Pupils were encouraged to buy a sailing/windsurfing logbook which recorded their successes over the course and all equipment was provided by the Tamar Lake Watersports Centre

All youngsters clearly enjoyed the course from the feedback they gave; as well as learning how to windsurf and sail highlights included jumping in & re-enacting the Titanic and getting wet!

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However, it wasn’t all plain sailing and fun, it was hard work! Some found that the hand co-ordination & strength needed were a challenge. Not going in the right direction and having to listen to step by step directions from the instructor to learn how to catch the wind better tested them, but over the weeks confidence grew, skills were learnt and new friendships made.

After completing feedback forms 11 out of 11 said their confidence had improved and 11/11 felt a sense of achievement. The biggest notable difference was the before and after personal skills recorded in ‘forming good relationship with adults in authority ie teacher/instructors’ and in ‘following rules and authority’.

Many thanks to Jackie Walter from Budehaven Community School who not only co-ordinated the course but also drove the young people to and from Tamar Lake in a minibus, also to the instructors at Tamar Lake.

Khaya Paton

 

Bude CATS welcome NEW committee members at 2015 AGM

Bude CATS held their AGM on 14th July 2015 and welcomed two NEW committee members. The future for Bude CATS looks bright and interesting with the addition of these new, well placed committee members.

Denise May MBE – Chairperson of Bude CATS sent us the following report –

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Once again, the year has been extremely successful with countless projects coming to fruition; FNS going from strength to strength and most of all, many young people being promoted, recognised and rewarded for their positive contributions to the community.

The £5000 PCC funding has enabled 16 different projects to be completed, with 743 young people places on the activities. Many of these projects have been supported by previous YP who have participated in past projects, thus reinforcing the CATS ethos. Huge thanks must go to Sharon Marshall for not only applying for the funding and overseeing the bid, but also for her effective management of the funds and for spreading the funding so thinly, impacting on so many more young people.

We are now 18months into the PHT funding pot, which provided Bude CATS yet another huge opportunity to support many YP in the community and has seen the further development of FNS to include the Youth Hub, which has been instrumental in many youth led initiatives. It has also enabled many YP to gain individual qualifications, which in some cases have led to part time employment as well as creating an incredible youth team to support community events such as Bude Sea Pool, BAAM and Bude for Food. These organisations have shown their gratitude for these YP by attending the Bude CATS Awards Evening in May, where 122 YP were recognised. Again huge thanks must go to Annie Winsland for her work with the Youth Hub; Anne Hassall for her support at FNS; volunteers at FNS and yet again to Sharon Marshall for her support and organisation of the YP at many community events.

The CR8 Art Club, held at Budehaven has gone from strength to strength seeing many YP attending both on a support/mentoring basis as well as receiving personal support. They have been involved in fundraising, creating art work for community projects, alongside completing individual portfolios moving forwards. The initiation of the anti- bullying project linked to the Youth Hub also proved a great success. Once again, a huge thank you to Annie Winsland.

Karen Hemmings has been instrumental in her constant and valued support to the branch throughout the year in so many guises and I would like to openly thank her for this. Other committee members have given tirelessly of their time to support Bude CATS and once again I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all.

The culmination of the year was our 11th Annual Awards Evening, which saw a great collaboration with community groups and reinforced the CATS mission statement. However, it is with great sadness that as Chair, I now have to say goodbye to one key member of the committee – Sharon, one of the longest serving members, who will be sorely missed. I wish you Sharon well and thank her again for her commitment and the impact she has had over the years.

 

Denise May MBE 14/07/15

Bude CATS Fund NEW Boys Street Dance scheme

Bude CATS have sent us the following report on their 2015 Boys Street Dance scheme, which ran from 02.06.15 – 07.07.15

 

Bude CATS fund NEW Boys Street Dance Transition Project at Budehaven Community School

Following on from a successful Girls Transition Looking Good Feeling Good Dance project, Bude CATS decided to offer a new Street Dance Transition Project for Year 6 boys from the feeder primaries. 10 Year 6 boys from Bude Juniors and St Marks recently completed the 5 week project funded by Bude CATS.

All the boys showed great enthusiasm and commitment; at the end of the project the boys were asked to complete a feedback form , 9 out of 9 said they had made new friends, 9/9 stated they felt more confident and 8/9 said they felt a sense of achievement. The most noticeable difference recorded was their confidence in speaking in front of others.

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Sharon Marshall of Bude CATS and Budehaven Community School, who co-ordinated the transition project said, “The project was a clear success on many levels; new friendships were made and confidence grew over the weeks, the boys loved the dance and physical theatre.

On the last session one boy said, “The dance course made me feel a lot less scared when I visited Budehaven on the Year 6 taster days because I knew my way about the school and had already made friends with boys from other schools by doing the dance”.

Special thanks must go to Kaylie Wright, dance teacher and Jackie Birchmore from Bude Juniors who supported the boys every week.

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2nd Successful Multi-Sport Transition scheme for Bude CATS!

Following the recent completion of their 2nd Multi-Sport Transition Scheme, Bude CATS have sent us the below report –

 

Bude C.A.T.S fund 2nd Multi Sports Transition Project at Budehaven Community School

The 2nd Bude C.A.T.S Transition Multi Sports project has just finished with 25 Year 6 boys and girls from Bude Juniors, Stratton and St Marks Primary taking part in the 6 week after school course. Sports included basketball, netball, football, hockey, tennis, rounders and dodgeball all coached by Budehaven Leisure Centre staff, who have worked in the primaries and are therefore a familiar face to the children. Louis Dyton and Xavier Booth, Year 7, Budehaven also assisted the coaches and supported the younger children. Bude C.A.T.S funded the course – there was no charge to participants.

Feedback from the Year 6s and their parents was very positive – the children not only enjoyed the variety of sports but also appreciated the opportunity to make new friends and now feel more confident about starting school in September.

At the end of the course the Year 6s were asked to complete a feedback form , 20 out of 20 said they had made new friends, 20/20 stated they felt more confident and 17/20 said they felt healthier and fitter. The most noticeable differences recorded was their confidence in speaking in front of others and learning new skills.

Sharon Marshall, Budehaven Community School, who co-ordinated the project said, “The project was again a clear success on many levels; it was great to see the sports hall buzzing with activity, the children loved the sports and the coaches worked hard to ensure new friendships were made as well as skills taught. Special thanks must go to Louis and Xavier, who regularly assisted with the register taking and general organisation of the group sessions and the fantastic coaches”.

 

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Revised Date for Bude CATS AGM

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, the 2015 Bude CATS AGM will NO LONGER take place on 29.06.15

The Bude CATS AGM will now take place on 14.07.15 at 9:30 am in The Kevren Building at Budehaven Community School.

If you intend to attend this AGM or are interested in supporting Bude CATS in the future, please contact Karen on 01288 488086 or via Karen@communityactionthroughsport.org

Bude CATS Volunteers support BAAMfest 2015

Take a look at this picture from BAAMfest 2015 showing some of the volunteers, associated with Bude CATS, in action

BAAM fest volunteers

Frances Fox, Max Busby, Jasmine Smith with one of the organisers Pete Smith

Feedback from the Organisers included

Yet again, BAAMfest would not have functioned without your fantastic volunteers. Thank you so much, and your amazing, awesome and wonderful young people. It was a long hard weekend, and you all did outstandingly well. If you are the next generation, the world has good things to come.

Thank you Community Action Through Sport, for yet again arranging the most incredible, hard-working, dedicated teenagers to help us throughout the weekend.

Bude CATS to volunteer at BAAM again

Look out for Bude CATS fantastic volunteers at the BAAM Festival on 12-14th June 2015. Some volunteered their time at last year’s festival and this one is going to be even better and bigger!

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Sharon Marshall, will again be co-ordinating all the volunteers from the Bude CATS, Youth Hub and friends. “Last year they did a fantastic job and I was so proud of them all, I couldn’t have wished for a more reliable, helpful and just plain fantastic group of young people to work with! Special mention must go to Paige Cornish and Max Busby who worked non-stop from 12-9pm, Saturday and 11-5pm Sunday – they were just brilliant!”

Organiser Anna Worthington commented, “All the volunteers should be really proud of themselves … we really seriously literally couldn’t have done it without you. You were a credit to yourselves, to CATS and to Bude.

Please come along, enjoy everything the festival has to offer and support your local community.

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Bude CATS 2015 Awards Evening

The 11th Annual Community Action Through Sport (CATS) Awards Evening was hosted at the Parkhouse Centre in Bude on Thursday 21st May. What a wonderful turn out, with 122 young people being recognised and rewarded for their positive community action, which equated to an outstanding 3,869 volunteer hours between them. The audience were treated to performances from the Transition Dance Group and singers Sarah Sutcliffe and Jasmine Wallis.

The hosts, Denise May MBE and Martin Reay welcomed the guest presenters for the evening, which focussed on local community organisations, highlighting the value and impact volunteers make to the Bude community.

SCHOOL CATS

The first guest, was Paul Tilzey, from Bude Sea Pool, our chosen community group for donations made on the evening and the recipients of £110. Paul presented the School category, which included a wide variety of nominations, including level 1 & 2 winners, Isaac Guthrie; Katie Mead; Lauren Harkness; Lyle Coles ; Rosa Coleman; Tom Horn; Eleanor Theakston; Keren Davies; Libby Coleman; Lowenna Hooper; Molly Hanham; Molly Turner; Natasha Eckton; Emily Medland; Emily Mettam, for their support with the international children’s literature competition, acting as assistants and Library ambassadors, with Emily Whelan; Elizabeth Hobbs taking lead roles.

To level 2 & 3 winners, Alex Hallet; Callum Naylor; Chloe Rookes; Clara Trowbridge; Ellie Timlin; Kai Dickens; Katie Edgcumbe; Kayleigh Tilley; Kieran Chapman; Lauren Dennis; Madilyne Stacey; Maizey Parker; Matthew Goff; Pearl Bamford; Rhys Addison; Solly Kemball; Tyler Harris and Yazmin Allsworth,  who helped to set up the Budehaven peer support group looking into anti bullying issues.

The Budehaven student parliament members, ably led by Kelsey Wosnitska, with special mention of the commitment of Robert Clarke Feltham were Level 2 winners and included George Emery; Linus Uhlig; Molly Mees; Sam Lloyd Hall; Thomas Sobey; Amber Cummins;

Bethany Hiatt; Ethan Cross; as outstanding volunteers with the year 7 transition scheme. Charli Lou Bryant and Saffron Rendle for supporting and helping to drive the looking good feeling good transition project. Elise Noon; who has attended the looking good feeling good transition dance group. Elise has Spina Bifida and is in a wheelchair, but has not let this hold her back and given 110% every week, proving an inspiration to everyone. Level 3 and 4 winners were Destiny Manktelow; Robert Clarke Feltham; Kelsey Wosnitzka. With Thomas Trick, Laurie Marriott & Liam Drewery for their outstanding technical support with all music, school and community events

Promoting volunteering in local primary schools, level 1, 2 and 3 winners were Lottie Hinson and Riley Hines for giving freely of their time, volunteering as lunchtime reading assistants, supporting and encouraging other students. Poppy Jennings; Sam Partridge and Myles Coles for organising the weekly maths challenges for all key stage 2 children. George Marsden for helping other children as a lunchtime play leader, teaching chess, drawing, building confidences. Zoe Sillifant and Poppy Jennings as volunteer milk monitors on a daily basis at playtime. Also, Mia Lewis as a young carer for her brother at playtimes ensuring he is included in all activities irrespective of his complex cognitive and behavioural difficulties.

FUNDRAISING

The next category was fundraising and these awards were presented by Anna Worthington from BAAM, Bude Arts and Music. These included Level 1, 2 & 3 winners, Eleanor Theakston; Ella Paton; Khaya Paton; Laurie Mai Butler; Lea Dumas; Megan West & Riley Gifford for having a cake sale and raising £90 for children in need. Choen & Jermaine Cornish raising £35 for water aid by selling cakes and their own toys. George Martin, kaya Spate; Lacey Johnson, Maggie Caddick; Molly Martin; Sarah Sutcliffe & Eleanor Toothill, for creating stamps for the Dartmoor letterboxing event fundraising for CR8 and the youth hub. Caitlin Humphreys, who raised £5000 last year and has already raised a further £3000 this year for help 4 heroes. Ben Mayers for raising over £60 for comic relief, through a cake sale, face painting and a bring and buy sale which is a great achievement for this young man. Sam O’Reilly, fundraising for scouts, walking the coastal path for 7 days in a kilt! Level 4 winners, Jasmine Smith who has raised funds for CR8 and Amelia Jessop, who shaved off all her hair, raising £600 for cancer research

Level 5 winner, Samuel Jennings proved quite a celebrity. Samuel rode from John O’Groats to Lands End raising £19,000 for Bude sea pool and Daniels’s Heroes which supports people with spinal muscular atrophy. Samuel put in hundreds of hours to this project, training; planning; seeking sponsorship even before the actual ride, which took about 82 hours, covering 1001 miles and cycling up to 75 miles a day.

Some of the statements sent in by local people who nominated Samuel stated – “a star in every way”. “An example to us all.” “He showed determination, will, courage and sheer kindness to give up his whole summer to do this ride. he never complained, getting up each day come rain or shine, cycling 50 – 70 miles every day.” Sam also presented at Bude rotary club who quoted “his achievement of the cycle ride is obviously amazing, but the way he presented himself in such a calm, clear manner was far above his 12 years of age, he is a great example to the youth of Bude” Samuel also won the Pirate FM local heroes fundraiser of the year award last month.

WIDER COMMUNITY

The third category of the evening was the wider community, presented by Sally Gostick and Beth Lewitt, from Bude for Food. level 1 to 5 winners were Emma Paice for her support at the memory café in the Parkhouse; Bradley Ruff; Joe Szaniszlo; Louie Greensmith; Sam Cox; Scott Edwards; Katie Edgcumbe; Chantelle Broad; Courtney Peirson; Jamie Henry; Tiff Richardson; Tom Hingley; Joe Hodge for their tireless work and volunteering for the BAAM festival last year and both leading and inspiring the Bude cats youth hub and Friday Night Splash. To the youth hub anti bullying team, who have put resources together creating an anti-bullying journal Megan Grand; Ricky James; Sophie Streeter; To Luke Warwick for working really hard on an environmental project cutting back the willow along Bude canal, supporting Bude’s country ranger. To Coral Diffey; Dean Henwood Waters; Isabel Osborne; James Hambly and Keiran Hammond who completed their lifeguard qualification and volunteered at Friday Night Splash. To Chloe Haggerty who has undergone leader training for 1st Bude beaver scouts, where she has an independent and highly active role in increasing numbers, moving the group’s location, mentoring, child care and fundraising. Beaver leader Anne Walter said “her maturity and quiet thoughtfulness just makes the group easier to run.”

The next team of young people, George Martin, Max Busby, Ryan Kellett, Paige Cornish, Dan Smith and Ben Clarke were recognised for their outstanding leadership, commitment, vision and maturity, attributed to so many community projects with 50 hours alone at the youth hub. They have acted as mentors and role models to many young people in Bude. A special mention was given to Ben Clark who has been the chairman and contact between all the young people of Bude and the youth hub. he single handedly ran a skate park club last year, with funding he secured from v-inspired as well as running a Halloween party and raising awareness through Facebook; Dan for his IT support and expertise.

Next saw Margaret Frost, of Bude Carnival Committee welcome back on stage Elizabeth Hobbs, the Young Ambassador, to receive her trophy in recognition of her role throughout the year.

SPORTS COACHING

The final guest presenter for the evening, was Louise Harris who is a member of the GB age group triathlete team and also used to work for CATS several years ago and she presented the sports coaching category. In 2012 she represented Great Britain in her age group at Hyde Park in the world championships, and competed on the same course as the Brownlee brothers did that summer at the Olympics. She since qualified for the European iron distance championships and won both Bideford and Bristol Olympic triathlons last year. Her ultimate goal is to qualify for the World Ironman Champs in Kona, Hawaii. Louise said, “I am a firm believer that if you have a dream, you must do all you can to follow it and never pass up an opportunity. But it takes hard work, sacrifices and dedication. And like so many other sports out there, it wouldn’t happen without the selflessness of volunteers and marshals who make all these wonderful events happen.”

Amongst the level 2 and 3 winners were Eithne King who offered her time to support and act as an assistant coach in the junior taekwondo sessions each week. She shows patience, a caring attitude and is a wonderful teacher and example to the younger students ranging from 4 – 11. Callum Heywood for teaching climbing to students who enjoyed his sessions so much they asked him to set up a lunchtime club which he did and it is still running.  Alistair Prades, a national rackleton player, who supported the school rackets club and has been an inspiration to many younger students, which resulted in numbers attending increasing drastically. Libbie McMahon who ran an after school netball club for year 7’s, coaching over 20 students successfully and motivating them to continue progressing their skills in netball.

Level 4 and 5 winners included Olivia Angilley who has attended all year 7 & 8 lunchtime practices since September where she has organised skills sessions and umpired games. She is reliable, trustworthy and has a lovely manner with the girls.

Georgia Higham has been recognised for the last 5 years. She is a talented hockey player and has supported the year 8 team since September. Her mature approach has gained their respect. She coaches them on a weekly basis, planning her own sessions which she has tailored to meet their needs. She supports them at matches and her coaching is so superior they won the county tournament and qualified for the south west finals at Millfield. Georgia is also a volunteer lifeguard at Friday Night Splash.

Stean Sheppard helped to train and guide basketball at Budehaven from year 10 onwards. He joined the club in year 7 and now in year 11 runs the club without adult supervision. He regularly trains the younger members as well as being u16 captain. He is a fantastic young ambassador for the sport and is a real inspiration to all. Without Stean Budehaven would not have achieved the successes they have this year, being county champions and progressing to the regional finals.

Shannon & Katrina Bluett have been recognised at Band Holsworthy awards every year for their commitment to assisting in coaching the year 8 netball squad, developing a rewards system for them, officiating at fixtures and generally being there for every aspect of the sport. Without them, the team would not have achieved half of what they have. Shannon also continues to volunteer for the weekly gymnastics club and has done so for 3 years now. She leads the warm ups, coaches individuals, has innovative ideas and is a natural with the children, proving such an asset to the club.

The final award of the evening was to the 2015 Outstanding Young Person of the Year, which was presented by Paige Cornish, last year’s winner and all guest presenters. The winner was Samuel Jennings and he was welcomed by a crescendo of applause from the audience.

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Thanks were given to all the sponsors of the awards, Amanda Brook School of Dance, Bude Jive Club, Budehaven Community Leisure, Raven Surf School, The Big Sheep, Outdoor Adventure, Bowmen Of Bude, Tempus Leisure Ltd, Adventure International, Harlequinns without whom this evening would not be possible. Also to the many helpers on the evening, with a special thanks going to Sharon Marshall, who is retiring from the committee after years of commitment and has done so much for the young people of Bude.

Denise May MBE, put out a special plea to anyone in the audience who felt they would be able to join and offer their support for next year. If you are able to do help in any way, please contact Denise May or Karen Hemmings at karen@communityactionthroughsport.org

 

Press form the 2015 Bude CATS Awards

Check out this write up on the 2015 Bude CATS Awards Evening, as featured in the Bude & Stratton Post

http://www.bude-today.co.uk/news.cfm?id=35316&headline=Inspiring+young+people+collect+CATS+awards

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Another Successful TRANSITION scheme for Bude CATS!

Bude C.A.T.S fund NEW Looking Good, Feeling Good Transition Dance Project at Budehaven Community School

Following on from the successful Year 8 Looking Good, Feeling Good Dance projects, Bude CATS decided to offer this as a NEW Transition project for Year 6 girls from the feeder primaries.

15 Year 6 girls from Bude Juniors, St Marks, Marhamchurch, Jacobstow and Stratton recently completed the 7 week project funded by Bude CATS.

All the girls showed great enthusiasm and commitment; at the end of the project the girls were asked to complete a feedback form , 10 out of 11 said they had made new friends, 11/11 stated they felt more confident and 10/11 said they felt fitter and healthier. The most noticeable difference recorded was their confidence in speaking in front of others.

 

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Sharon Marshall of Budehaven Community School and Bude CATS, who co-ordinated the transition project said, “The project was a clear success on many levels; new friendships were made and confidence grew over the weeks, the girls loved the dance and are excited about performing at the CATS Awards in May. Special thanks must go to Kaylie Wright, dance teacher, and Saffron Rendle and Charlie Lou Bryant, Year 8 students who regularly assisted with the register taking and supported the Year 6s with the dance routines”.

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Full write up on recent PCC visit to Bude

Click the below link for the FULL write up on the recent PCC visit to Bude, including his time with Bude CATS

http://www.bude-today.co.uk/news.cfm?id=28665&headline=Police%20head%20meets%20the%20people

 

20.03.15 PCC Tony Hogg visits Bude CATS

Bude CATS have sent us the following write up after a recent visit by PCC Tony Hogg –

101 CALLS, CCTV and more police cuts were the talk of the town during Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg’s community day visit to Bude on Friday 20th March.

In his role, Mr Hogg’s primary focus is to reconnect the public with the police force, putting victims first, pioneering new initiatives, challenging old practices and monitoring the new ones.

He started his visit at Bude’s Community Action Through Sport — CATS.

Setting out to raise the reputation of young people in the area, along with representatives from the police and secondary school, CATS offers young people the opportunity to get involved, in a positive way with their community and in turn rewards the positive actions with sports activities and healthy living vouchers.

In 2014, Mr Hogg allocated CATS Bude with £4,396 from the OPCC Small Grant Scheme to fund sports diversion schemes.

Sharon Marshall, a volunteer and committee member and the person managing the OPCC small grant, spoke of how the money has helped sustain the work they do and said that approximately 700 children have benefited from it so far.

Annie Winsland, another committee member and sessional youth worker, who heads up Bude CATS’ Youth Hub, explained with Sharon how important their service was in the context of the relative isolation within Cornwall of the Bude area, local authority cutbacks of the youth service and youth provision.

Mr Hogg said: “It’s nice to be able to make funds like this available, it’s public money that I want to channel in the right direction.”

Sharon also highlighted a reduction of PCSO attendance at their regular monthly meetings and in Bude in general, dropping from six to just two, a statistic she felt had a direct impact on increased levels of crime and anti-social behaviour in the community.

Mr Hogg spoke about PCSO cuts and added: “The country is trying to do its housekeeping at the moment — balancing its money — and as a country we’re a bit short of cash. It’s getting better but it’s going to take time.”

A number of the children who have benefited from being part of CATS told Mr Hogg of their experiences and how the interventions have helped develop them as individuals. Among those were Tasha Poole, Ethan Cross, Max Busby and Bethany Hiatt.

Mr Hogg said: “It’s nice that these children are confident to speak up about important issues that involve them and they will stand up and say when things aren’t right.”

 

PCC Tony Hogg visits Bude CATS 20.03.15

 

Tae Kwon Do back at Bude CATS

The idea behind the 2015 Bude C.A.T.S Tae Kwon-Do Sports Diversionary six week course was to offer a small group of Year 7s the knowledge and an understanding of a martial art and also to encourage the development of friendships, build self-confidence and a sense of achievement.

Worksheets were given each week to reinforce learning and encourage some independent learning. The main difference cited between a sport and a martial art is that in a martial art each person competes against themselves, striving to become always a better version of themselves.

The free course commenced on Thursday 8th January.

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11 Year 7s completed the program along with 2 older students, who had previously taken part in a similar scheme,  acting as mentors.They all enjoyed the scheme and said they felt more self-confident at the end.

New skills were learnt and friendships made. A couple of the young people have since joined the local club.

Thanks to Guy Southard and Lisa for again coaching the sessions.

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NEW Multi Sport TRANSITION scheme

Bude C.A.T.S Multi-sport TRANSITION scheme is now COMPLETE

Bude C.A.T.S recently funded a NEW Multi-sport Transition Scheme at Budehaven Community School

The idea behind the new 2015 Bude C.A.T.S Transition Multi-sports scheme came from some of our Year 7 students who were involved in transition schemes last year. They suggested a program of multi-sports as a great way of trying out sports here at Budehaven and a good opportunity to develop and form new friendships for the tran…sition to Budehaven.

Sports included basketball, netball, football, hockey, tennis, rounders and dodgeball all coached by Budehaven Leisure Centre staff who are already working in the primaries and therefore a familiar face to the children.

The course was open to Year 6, boys and girls from our feeder primary schools plus 3 of our current Year 7s who took part in the transition courses last year assisting.

Bude C.A.T.S funded the course – there was no charge to participants.

We had an amazing response with 45 children attending the 5 week course. Feedback from the Year 6s and their parents was very positive – the children not only enjoyed the variety of sports but also appreciated the opportunity to make new friends and now feel more confident about starting school in September.

Staff at Budehaven Leisure Centre were also delighted with the outcomes of the course and are looking forward to running another one in June later this year.

At the end of the course the Year 6s were asked to complete a feedback form, 32 out of 35 said they had made new friends, 24 / 35 stated they felt more confident and 25 / 35 said their team work had improved.

The most noticeable difference recorded was their confidence in speaking in front of others.

Sharon Marshall, Bude C.A.T.S committe member and an employee at Budehaven Community School, who co-ordinated the project said, “The project was a clear success on many levels; it was great to see the sports hall buzzing with activity, the children loved the sports and the coaches worked hard to ensure new friendships were made as well as skills taught. Special thanks must go to Ethan Cross, Bethany Hiatt and Rhys Doyle, Year 7 students who regularly assisted with the register taking and general organisation of the group sessions”.

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Coach Jack Walter with young people from the scheme

Tae Kwon Do Scheme now COMPLETE!

Bude CATS have now completed their FIRST ever Tae Kwon Do Diversionary Scheme!

12 Young people who had been highlighted by teachers, heads of year and youth workers, were invited to take part in a TASTER session which ran on 06.11.14.

11 young people were then invited to take part in six one hour sessions after school. The sessions ended on 11.12.14 and saw 9 young people complete the scheme.

Sharon Marshall of Bude CATS commented that ‘In spite of some confidence issues, we managed to get most of the participants engaged. Personally, I experienced many Eureka moments from some of the students when they realised that they could achieve some of the tasks. Also, there was an obvious dynamic in the group, and I feel that they were obviously used to working together, but when introduced to a new discipline, it seemed that bonds got stronger’

The scheme proved popular with the young participants, one participant said that ’ he had felt privileged to have been invited to take part’

Other participants reported that they had; become fitter, learnt new skills and had increased their self-belief

Young participants with their achievement certificates

Young participants with their achievement certificates

Bude CATS plan to run a NEW scheme in January 2015 and will ask participants from this scheme to act as Mentors to the Year 7 pupils who will be invited to take part.

2015 Awards Evening

Bude CATS are busy planning their 2015 Awards Evening.

This inspirational evening will take place on 21.05.15 at The Parkhouse Centre in Bude – arrival will be at 6:30pm with the evening starting promptly at 7pm

Do you know of a young person (aged 5 – 25) who deserves to be recognised and rewarded for their positive community actin (volunteering)?

If YES then please NOMINATE them NOW – closing date for nominations is 13.04.15

Click on the link below for the online nomination form

Bude CATS 2015 Nomination Form

 

Looking Good Feeling Good – Dance Intervention

12 female students from Budehaven School recently completed a 6 week course of Looking Good Feeling Good Dance Intervention funded by Bude CATS.

All the girls showed great enthusiasm and commitment and are keen for the project to carry on in January. Kaylie Wright, the dance teacher, will continue to work with the girls every Tuesday after school on a self-expression dance/drama piece which will hopefully be performed in the local primary schools in 2015

All 12 students ranked the Looking Good Feeling Good Dance sessions as Excellent and provided further feedback , saying that sessions were  ‘Really fun, easy to pick up good dance routines’.

When asked what do you like best about the Looking Good, Feeling Good Dance sessions?

Participants replies included –

‘always makes me feel better by the end of the session’

‘liked learning new things & meeting new people’

‘I like that we can learn different and new skills’

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NEW Tae Kwon Do Diversionary Scheme

Bude CATS, in conjunction with Budehaven Community School and Guy Southard are offering a new Martial Arts Sports Diversionary Project – a 6 week course of Tae Kwon Do. Tae Kwon Do, is a Korean martial art. It combines combat and self-defense techniques with sport and exercise.

Students (who have been highlighted by teachers, heads of year and youth workers) will be invited to take part in the six one hour sessions after school which are each based around one core technique. This technique will allow explorations of particular aspects of martial arts training. The core techniques are part of the TAGB beginner level syllabus. This is very clearly structured to assist ease and depth of learning, and give each student a sense of achievement. There will be worksheets each week to reinforce learning and encourage some independent learning. The main difference cited between a sport and a martial art is that in a martial art each person competes against themselves, striving to become always a better version of themselves. This is something that will be stressed through the sessions.

Students will work as a whole group, in small groups, in pairs and as individuals. They will wear loose comfortable modest clothing, no jewellery or watches, they will be working barefoot. Safety issues will be firmly addressed whenever appropriate – there will be no sparring in these sessions but things like holding pads correctly help sessions to run smoothly and emphasise awareness of others.

In the final session the class will be set up as though at a grading to get the students to demonstrate the techniques they have learnt and answer some questions about what they have learnt during the course.

This new scheme commenced with a Taster Session attended by 10 young people on 06.11.14, subsequent sessions run on Thursdays from 3:30 – 4:30pm – it is hoped that at least 11 young people will complete the scheme plus 2 older students who have volunteered to support the scheme as Mentors!

CATS staff will keep you updated on progress

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Paige shines at 2014 Cornwall Celebrates Volunteering Awards

On 6th November 2014, Volunteer Cornwall hosted the Cornwall Celebrates Volunteering Awards at the Atlantic Hotel in Newquay.

Volunteers, nominators, host organisations and special guests gathered to recognise the achievements of Cornwall’s most outstanding volunteers. Volunteer Cornwall began by saying, “Of course, in our eyes, all volunteers are outstanding but the awards give Cornwall the chance to celebrate the service, dedication and commitment of those whose volunteering has had a significant impact on others”.

In each category, there were two ‘highly commended’ awards and a ‘winner’. The trophies and certificates were presented by the Lord Lieutenant, Col Edward Bolitho OBE and the category sponsor.

Budehaven student and member of Bude CATS’ Youth Hub, Paige Cornish was nominated for the Young Volunteer Award, sponsored by Cornwall College. Paige was nominated by Sarah Van Der Linden from Community Action Through Sport – CATS because Paige has volunteered over 150 hours (and that is just in the last year!) both in school and the community. Paige is always happy to give her time and commitment to others and with a smile!

Paige was shortlisted  in the Young Volunteer Award category and on 6th November she was delighted to receive a ‘Highly Commended’ Award.

Well done Paige you really deserve this award as true recognition of the volunteering you do, we’re all really proud of you.

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Friday Night Splash Participation

ATTENTION all parents/guardians of those young people who participate in Bude CATS’ Friday Night Splash.

If you haven’t already given permission for your child/young person to participate in Friday Night Splash sessions then please do so ASAP. Please ensure that you complete this electronic form (or the paper version of the same) to indicate/record your permission.

Please click HERE to access the electronic version of the form. Paper versions are available at Friday Night Splash sessions or please contact info@communityactionthroughsport.org to request one.

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Friday Night Splash RETURNS

Friday Night Splash returns on Friday 3rd October 2014 from 7.30pm-9.30pm.

Bude CATS and Bude CATS’ Youth Hub work hard to make this an enjoyable activity for everyone.

For those who may not want to go swimming but would still like to come to the club, there are also other opportunities each week in the side room.

This club is for Year 7 and upwards

it costs just £1.50.

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Bude CATS Girls Only Street Paddler UPDATE

Bude CATS have shared the following picture and update following the success of their 2014 Girls Only Street Paddler Diversionary Scheme

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A big thank you to Outdoor Adventure and ‘Well Done’ to the Street Paddler girls who all achieved Level 4 – Leah Lavis, Holly Shemilt, Summer Thomas, Caitlin Humphreys, Katie Edgcumbe, Alanah Matthews, Mia Wray  (Megan Stott,  Gracie Greensmith, Abbie Middleton not in photo).

You should all be really proud of yourselves!

Bude for Food

Check out this fantastic press coverage from Bude and Beyond about the Bude CATS’ Youth Hub volunteers and their support of the recent Bude for Food Festival

http://budeandbeyond.co.uk/budeforfoods-youngest-recruits/

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More press coverage below from the Bude for Food organisers, singing the praises of the Bude CATS’ Youth Hub young volunteers

http://www.streetfoodnews.co.uk/bude-for-food-nailed-it-but-this-is-just-the-start/

 

Bude CATS secure funding from PCC

Bude CATS have successfully secured £4396.40 funding from the PCC Small Grants Fund to support future Sports Diversionary and Transition schemes in the Bude area

Congratulations Bude CATS!

Bude CATS 2014 Urban Surf now complete

Bude CATS have sent us the following upon completion of their 2014 Urban Surf Sports Diversionary scheme…..

Urban Surfers Ride the Waves of Success thanks to Bude C.A.T.S

Bude C.A.T.S – Community Action Through Sport, in conjunction with Budehaven Community School and Raven Surf School has just completed its fourth ‘Urban Surf’ Course for 15 young people.

Initially the young people (who had been highlighted by teachers, youth workers or police) were invited to attend a surf session to see if a) they enjoyed surfing and would want to continue and b) to be observed by the coaches in regard to attitude should they wish to commit to the programme.

The programme commenced with 15 young people and was run over an 8 week period, which consisted of eight 2-hourly sessions from May – July.  This was held on Thursday evenings; all equipment including wetsuits, boards and rash vests were provided by Mike Raven and Bude Surf Life Saving Club kindly gave us the use of their changing rooms.

The programme the coaches delivered was through the ASI Academy of Surfing Instructors and was an immediate hit; it offered the young people the chance to learn a new, cool, healthy lifestyle in the form of surfing and overcome personal challenges and barriers such as confidence, communication and self-esteem.

As one young person said, “I feel not only more confident in the water but also when talking to people now”. Emily said, “The instructors were really encouraging and helped me believe in myself”.

Of the 15 who started the course, one unfortunately moved away, but everyone else achieved a Level 1 with the ASI programme.

For many the thrill of catching a wave was something they had only dreamt about, as Harry said, “It was really fun and I want to carry on surfing even bigger waves now”.

The 8 week programme finished with a presentation of certificates, T shirts kindly donated from Zuma Jay and chips and a drink at Rosies Café.

Thanks must go to Mike and Nicky Raven and their surf coaches who were an inspiration to the young people, Zuma Jays for their generosity in providing T shirts and stickers and CATS for obtaining the initial funding and offering support throughout the programme. The Muggabees must also be thanked for the two live music gigs they organised in October 2013 raising £491.58 towards Bude CATS future Urban Surf Schemes.

By supporting Bude CATS everyone involved has, in turn, supported the young people of Bude and Bude CATS and enabled them to achieve not only a qualification but an active fitter lifestyle as well.IMG_9198

Photo: James Castell (Stell),  Alicia Taylor (Liss), Joe Szaniszlo

NEW for 2014 – Bude CATS Transition Urban Climber scheme

Two Year 7 boys who had previously completed the Bude C.A.T.S – Community Action Through Sport, ‘Urban Climber’ Sports Diversionary Scheme have spent the last six weeks mentoring and supporting nine Year 6 boys from local Primary Schools. Ewan Reeves and Max Busby volunteered their time every Monday to assist coach Mark Kemball at the climbing wall in Budehaven Leisure Centre.

Initially Emma Thomas, Family Support Worker had contacted Sharon Marshall to see if an activity could be offered at Budehaven for a number of boys who had expressed concerns about making the transition to Budehaven from their primary schools. Following the success of the Urban Climber Scheme it seemed an opportunity to run a similar project, this time with the help of Ewan and Max as ‘assistant coaches’.

The Transition Climbing scheme offered the Year 6 boys the chance to learn a new, cool, sport and at the same time overcome personal challenges and barriers such as confidence, communication and self-esteem. Friendships were made, Budehaven School became less scary and Max and Ewan familiar faces the boys could trust.

 

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Of the young people who took part Ethan said, “It was fun, challenging and good to push yourself and I made new friends”, Jack commented, “I was a bit worried at first and nervous about heights but I feel more confident now”.  Max said, “I really enjoyed helping the younger boys and had fun at the same time”.

Sharon Marshall who co-ordinated the programme said, “The younger boys really enjoyed the climbing sessions and developed a good relationship with the instructor and Ewan and Max. I observed an increase in confidence in all students, new friendships were made and skills learnt. I hope the boys will continue with their climbing with the establishment of a new regular climbing club after school.”

 

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Thanks must go to Mark Kemball coach, Jackie Birchmore from Bude Juniors and lastly to Ewan and Max for volunteering their time and offering support throughout the programme.

 

Bude CATS Young Volunteers support BAAM Festival

Bude CATS have sent us the following statement after the Bude Arts And Music – BAAM Festival which took place on 5/6th July
Bude’s first Arts & Music Festival BAAM took place this weekend at Crooklets Beach and was an outstanding success…. Recognition and a huge thank you must go to volunteers Paige Cornish, Max Busby, Scott Edwards, Ryan Kellett, Bradley Ruff, Katie Edgcumbe, Destiny Manktelow, Amelia Jessep, Saffron Rendle, Gracie Greensmith, Joseph Szaniszlo, Louie Greensmith and Sam Cox for all their help at BAAM Festival this weekend.
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Sharon Marshall, who co-ordinated all the volunteers from the CATS Junior Committee, Youth Hub and friends said, “I was so proud of them all, I couldn’t have wished for a more reliable, helpful and just plain fantastic group of young people to work with! Special mention must go to Paige and Max who worked non-stop from 12-9pm, Saturday and 11-5pm Sunday – you were just brilliant!” Also to George Martin and Dan Smith who were up and erecting nearly 50 flags from Crooklets beach towards the sea pool at 7.30am on Saturday morning!
Organiser Anna Worthington also commented, “All the volunteers should be really proud of themselves … we really seriously literally couldn’t have done it without you. You were a credit to yourselves, to CATS and to Bude. Thank you so much for all your help.

Bude CATS GIRLS ONLY Street Paddler 2014

The Bude CATS’ Girls Only 2014 Street Paddler scheme has now come to an end – we look forward to working our way through all the feedback and evaluations as they come in but in the meantime, Bude CATS have sent us these shots from the final FUN session of the scheme

We wish we had been there, looks like so much fun was had!

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Bude CATS’ Young Volunteers are at it AGAIN!!

Sharon Marshall, of Bude CATS, has contacted the CATS Head Office to share this fantastic update….

On Friday 20th June, Sharon took 4 girls to the Memory Café at the Parkhouse Centre, Bude where they had been invited to offer hand massage, manicure and nail painting to the people who attend on the first and third Fridays of every month. Sharon tells us that Paige Cornish, Amelia Jessep, Emma Paice Year 11 and Gracie Greensmith Year 9 were “absolutely fantastic, confidently chatting away with the older people whilst massaging and painting the nails of both women and men!”

Sharon went on to report that everyone was so welcoming and appreciative of the girls volunteering their time and skills and that they have been  asked to return in a couple of weeks. The girls who volunteered their time loved it too, one them said, “ I don’t get a chance to sit down and speak  to older people, they were so kind, thankful and at the same time interested in what I want to do when I leave school, it was lovely to be able to do something nice for them”.

Sharon would like to thank Jill, who invited the young people of Bude CATS to attend. Hopefully this will be the start of on-going volunteering in the community at the Memory Café.

Thank you also to Sharon Marshall for sharing this news with CATS Head Office staff – take a look at the girls in action!

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Bude CATS Youth Hub – Skate Park Club

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The Bude CATS Youth Hub Skate Park Club has been running for 4 weeks now and is attracting a lot of interest. Beginners are gaining confidence on a Tuesday session 3.30-5pm and there is an open session for all levels running every Saturday from 3-5pm. No need to book – just turn up and have a go!

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Bude CATS Urban Surf 2014

Having raised funds towards their 2014 Urban Surf Schemes via Gigs put on by The Muggabees in the summer of 2013, Bude CATS are now underway with their 2014 Urban Surf Scheme. Sessions are being run by Raven Surf School, CATS staff attended the session that took place on 12.06.14 to see the young people in action.

Sadly, conditions and the tide were far from ideal but the young people spent time working through their ASI work books, learning about sun safety and rescue techniques before hitting the water to practice some rescues and cool off!

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Bude CATS AGM 2014

The Bude CATS Branch will be holding their AGM on Wednesday 16th July 2014. The AGM will take place at 11am and will be held in The Kevren Building at Budehaven Community School. The Bude CATS AGM is open to anyone interested in the activities and future of the Bude CATS Community Branch.

Please email sarah@communityactionthroughsport.org for more information or to confirm your attendance at the AGM

Bude CATS’ Cr8 Art Club

Bude CATS run a weekly Cr8 Art Club for young people from the Bude area, it is a club where young people can; develop their art skills, have fun, be social, be creative and explore self-expression. Paige, Bude CATS Young Person of the Year 2013/14, sent us the following pictures from the session that took place on 11.06.14.

The young people were busy making flags for the Bude Arts and Music – BAAM Summer Festival which is taking place on 5/6th July

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