Company day + Awards Celebration

Wetsuits and an inflatable assault course!

Company day + Awards Celebration

Friday 10th September was the first time our whole team had come together, face-to-face, since before the start of the pandemic. Our first company day for quite some time, it was an opportunity to reconnect, celebrate our successes, and to kick off the academic year with a bang.

Or should that be a SPLASH?


We did, after all, meet at Cliff Lakes for a water-based assault course, which gave this ‘Active’ set of people an opportunity to have fun together, laugh a lot, and strengthen connections within the team. 


As well as all the bouncing around in wetsuits, we shared various updates, celebrated numerous successes, welcomed new team members and said thank you to everyone for their hard work and commitment.


The day was also an opportunity to present our termly company awards. We give awards based on our company values which are: 


  • Team Aspire are inspirational. We help people reach their greatest potential.
  • Think big, have fun and make an impact
  • We are proud of our achievements and celebrate each other's successes
  • Use imagination to drive innovation and create new ideas
  • Do the right thing even when you think no-one is watching
  • Provide a service that exceeds expectations


Congratulations to the following people: 


Inspirational: Danielle Miles-Ranger


Danielle has stepped up into a new role and provided outstanding support over the summer holidays, inspiring others to be better. She also created new Maths on the Move resources for Year 10 young people. Danielle works hard, never moans and always gets superb feedback from everyone she works with.


Impact: Molly Shuttleworth


Molly started with us on the Kick Start programme, delivering engaging Road 2 Tokyo sessions. She quickly progressed to the Co-ordinator role at three different Active Camps venues across the summer and has received lots of brilliant feedback from customers.


Achievements: Rebecca Bond


Rebecca was thrown in at the deep end at Aspire, leading us through an Ofsted inspection only weeks after she joined us. The inspection was successful, and Rebecca is a real asset to the company. 


Innovation: Dan Hays


Dan’s infectious enthusiasm for new projects makes him a fantastic person to have in the team. Recently his commitment and hard work has been focussed on getting the new Aspire:ED project up and running. 


Right thing: Michael McMahon


Michael is a proactive Skills Coach who always does the right thing even when no-one is looking. He is great at finding solutions to problems, and is a valuable support to his colleagues. He goes above and beyond and has an outstanding work ethic.


Exceeds Expectations: Stuart Bates


Stuart is always looking for ways to enhance the delivery of our activities and to support learners, even at times when it isn’t expected.


Wow factor: Matt Whittington


Matt was voted for by his peers for the support and guidance he has given over the summer. It’s been a busy time and Matt’s help has been invaluable.


HAF Awards


This summer we have also had the privilege of running free holiday camps as part of the government’s Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme. Running 43 courses over 17 venues, for a total of 907 children was no mean feat and our fantastic team really rose to the challenge. We want to thank everyone who played a part in providing such a wonderful scheme for so many children. Particular thanks go to the following: 


Leadership and Management Award – Ben Manners


This award was for people who demonstrated outstanding leadership and management skills throughout the HAF project. Ben’s manner was calm and relaxed throughout the whole project, he was always solution focused and consistently took ownership and responsibility for all the venues he was deployed to. Ben got consistently good feedback from all the Aspire SLT team and from his peers.


Outstanding Praise and Recognition Award – Jamal Hussain 


 Jamal received positive feedback from children, parents and his peers every single week of the summer project. He was also commended by Aspire Director Paul Griffiths on his visit to Woodgate Primary School for the BBC visit for his fantastic coaching skills. All camp managers and leaders were always complimentary of Jamal’s coaching ability and the engagement he had with all the children he coached. 


Over and Above Award – Claire Wheeler


Throughout the project, Claire consistently went over and above her responsibilities. Claire was always looking for opportunities to develop herself, to learn more about the programme and to maximise the activities for the children. She designed many arts and crafts activities, built a fantastic rapport with children, parents and peers and always ensured every day of the project was a memorable one. Claire also delivered new ideas and initiatives such as yoga and traditional playground games.


Creativity and Innovation Award – Charlie Hooper 


Over the summer, Charlie was creative and innovative, she supported SLT well and ensured the children had a memorable experience. Charlie’s engagement with the whole team was outstanding; she was always looking for ways to support all areas of the programme with the highlight being her development of enrichment activities specifically for Early Years children, something Aspire will learn from and look to recreate in the future.