Barnsley community champion wins Social Enterprise award

A Barnsley man who is on a mission to encourage more people to get fit has won an award for Social Entrepreneur of the Year.

Darren Padgett (pictured) founder of Team Activ, scooped the award from the Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber (SEYH).

The awards recognise the finest social businesses which combine the best of enterprise with a commitment to a social mission to aid local communities.

Founded in 2011 by former PE teacher Darren, Team Activ now works with businesses, schools and communities. It runs corporate events and open access events such as rounders leagues and tournaments.

Team Activ also works with every secondary school in Barnsley and more than half of all primary schools in the borough to deliver extra-curricular sport

The judges described Team Activ as “a life changing organisation.”

Darren said: “It is fantastic to receive an award judged by your peers, but at the same time a lot to live up to. I just wish there was room to put on the names of all of Team Activ as without their efforts this year I would have achieved nothing!

“We work with all ages, from infant children to adults, to encourage people to get fit and stay fit so it’s really great that our campaigning has been recognised.

“As a social enterprise, we are a not-for-profit organisation which re-invests any profits back into making a difference in the community.”

Alex Sobel, general manager of SEYH, said: “The quality and strength of applicants was amazing, the winners are doing truly exceptional work employing local people, driving enterprise and changing lives with truly inspirational work.”

SEYH represents, promotes and connects social enterprises in the region. It has developed a regional network of social enterprises, represents them, lobbies on their behalf, undertakes research and raises awareness.

The award was handed out at the seventh SEYH Awards and gala dinner on Thursday, October 3.

Darren Padgett (right) receives his SEYH award


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