Colin leaves borough a great legacy

PUBLISHED: 15:57 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:12 26 October 2009

LEAVING PARTY: Departing Welwyn Hatfield Council sports partnership officer Colin Smyth
(centre) with Grahame Bowles, chairman Herts Sports Partnership, Christine Neyndorf,
director HSP, WHSPAA chairman Dave Bartlett and John O’Callaghan, HSP coach and

LEAVING PARTY: Departing Welwyn Hatfield Council sports partnership officer Colin Smyth (centre) with Grahame Bowles, chairman Herts Sports Partnership, Christine Neyndorf, director HSP, WHSPAA chairman Dave Bartlett and John O'Callaghan, HSP coach and

SPORTS Awards organiser Colin Smyth will leave the borough a great legacy, according to Welwyn Hatfield Sports and Physical Activity Alliance chairman Dave Bartlett. The council s sports partnership officer leaves for a similar post in North London on Fri

SPORTS Awards organiser Colin Smyth will leave the borough a great legacy, according to Welwyn Hatfield Sports and Physical Activity Alliance chairman Dave Bartlett.

The council's sports partnership officer leaves for a similar post in North London on Friday.

And he departs with a ringing endorsement from both WHSPAA chair Bartlett and John O'Callaghan, the Herts Sports Partnership's coach and sports development manager.

In his role as Welwyn Hatfield's sport partnership officer, Colin has been responsible for drawing together the borough's various sports organisations, instigating WHSPAA and bringing in funding for a variety of sports-related projects.

Major sports organisations in the district that have come together in WHSPAA include Activate Disability Forum, the District Cricket Partnership, Swimming Forum, Cycle Forum, Badminton Consortium, WH School Sports Partnership, Club Forum and the Play Partnership.

The funding that Colin has managed to bring into sport and physical activity includes not only the Sport England £26,000 in 2007-08 and the likely similar amount in 2008-09, but also numerous awards through the Local Network Fund and other awarding bodies.

Bartlett said: "It really is amazing. What Colin has achieved singlehandedly is usually managed by a sports development and administration team in many other local authorities.

"Colin's big strength was in recognising that by helping sports organisations network with each other to sort out problems and opportunities and providing a bit of money they can achieve great things for very many people in the borough."

HSP's O'Callaghan said: "Colin's efforts have been invaluable in demonstrating how involvement in sport can make such a difference to the lives of those within our local communities.

"Sport has a cross-cutting agenda and governments, at all levels, are beginning to acknowledge the huge contribution that it can make to so many of the big issues.

"Over recent years Colin, with the full support of Welwyn Hatfield Council, has been instrumental in demonstrating the scope of this contribution at a local level.

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