The start to the New Year has seen much progress at the Westway Trust. We are delighted to announce that Anne Cyron and Cllr Malcolm Spalding have been nominated by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea to join the Trust’s Board. Westway Trust members have also elected two community representatives to join the Trust’s Board with Cynthia Dize being resoundingly re-elected and Andrew Kelly, Director of Westway Community Transport being newly elected to the Trust.
The New Year health drive continued with a Health & Wellbeing event run in partnership with Open Age at the sports centre. The event included educational workshops and sports taster sessions for over 50's members of Westway Sports & Fitness and Open Age customers. Those who attended were given guidance on healthy lifestyle choices and introduced to the facilities and activities available at Westway.
Three young people aged 21 – 23 have joined the Westway Trust as apprentices on a 12 month apprenticeship training programme, to help build a brighter future for themselves. The young enthusiasts have secured roles working as arts administrators.
Ricco Mason-Prince, Alexa Quintero and Domenica Simpson have joined the Westway Presents… team and will have responsibility for supporting the team deliver a 12 month programme of arts and cultural events around the Westway, which will see the transformation of the area into a cultural hub for performers, entertainers and artists.
Westway Trust is delighted to announce that we will be awarding the inaugural Tim Davis Sports Scholarship this year. This scholarship is an annual award of up to £5,000 and is made in honour of Tim Davis, who was a Trustee of Westway Trust and the Chair of the Sports and Fitness Board, and sadly passed away in April 2014. The closing date for applications is 30th January 2015 at 5pm.
Westway Trust is pleased to announce that it has been accredited as a London Living Wage employer. This commitment will see everyone working at Westway Trust, regardless of whether they are employees, agency workers or contractors, receive the minimum London Living hourly wage which is significantly higher than the national minimum wage.
For the third time this year the Westway Sports & Fitness Tennis Festival was held to celebrate local tennis talent. Eight Schools and 400 children from across the borough gathered to serve up a great day.
Westway Sports & Fitness is an LTA Accredited Performance Centre and provides over 30 hours of tennis coaching to local schools each week. The Westway School Outreach Programme delivers tennis sessions to 700 children and has an additional 600 young players participating and competing in the Junior Tennis programmes.
It has been five years since the installation of the outdoor media sites on the elevated roundabout section of the Trust's estate, beneath the A40 flyover. This year Westway Trust has worked closely with JCDecaux and in consultation with the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and their planning team to review the outdoor media site, and listen to local residents, to understand the impact of the site on the local environment.
Only the elite usually earn the chance to compete at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, but an entourage that included, coaches and young players from the Westway Sports & Fitness Junior Tennis Programme descended upon London’s O2 arena to deliver the LTA Mini Tennis Red demonstration, alongside some of the world’s highest ranked Tennis athletes.
Over 140 pupils, their parents, carers, guardians and VIPs, along with staff and trustees from the Westway Trust descended on the Kensington Aldridge Academy for the 2014 Supplementary Schools’ Partnership Annual Awards Night.
The event which has been held annually for the past 6 years recognises and rewards the outstanding work and achievements that pupils have accomplished in both curriculum and non-curriculum-based activities in the last academic year.
Congratulations to Westway Sports & Fitness, and their GP Exercise Referral team, who were named the country’s ‘Best Rehabilitation Facility of the Year’ at the National Fitness Awards held this month. The team beat off strong competition from gyms around the country to gain their much deserved crown at the glittering awards event held in Leicester.