Step up to be a sports champion

People of Broxbourne have the chance to make a difference in their community by becoming a Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity (YOPA) Champion.
The Herts Sports Partnership is seeking 200 volunteers to help support sport and physical activity across the county, with training for the roles taking place at workshops in Hoddesdon on 27 June and Cheshunt on 4 July.
Without support, some community clubs and voluntary groups could be forced to close, so volunteers play a vital role in enabling these organisations to continue helping others to participate in sport or other forms of exercise.
The free, three-hour long, accredited workshops will help train and equip the Champions with the skills they need to volunteer in sport and physical activity.
Following the sessions, the Champions will be connected to volunteering opportunities at community clubs, events and projects across the county.
The YOPA Champions scheme aims to be straightforward, positive and convenient, with a team of skilled and inspiring people from all backgrounds providing training on key skills such as behaviour management, organisation, communication skills, leadership, safeguarding and first aid.
Volunteers will also have opportunities to gain further accreditation, training and qualifications with improved career opportunities and confidence.
The Hoddesdon workshop will be held in the teaching room at The John Warner Sports Centre in Hoddesdon from 6-9pm on Wednesday 27 June.
Cheshunt’s workshop will be in the committee room at Broxbourne Council’s office, Bishops’ College, EN8 9XF, from 6-9pm on Wednesday 4 July.
Anyone aged 16 and over who wants more information on how to get involved should contact Matt Hughes-Short on 01707 281204 or email
Alternatively, they can book directly onto one of the courses by visiting
More information on Herts YOPA is available at