Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
7:43 PM 21st October 2021

Decathlon Announces Competition Winner As They Find Sheffield’s Superstar Club

Decathlon UK has announced the winner of their Let’s Play Sheffield competition, with the chosen club being given a £1,000 Decathlon gift card to spend on sports equipment and kit.

The chosen winner is Shipshape, a community-based organisation in Sheffield who tackle health inequalities and support the local public’s health and wellbeing. They run free and low-cost group activities and one-to-one development sessions to help empower local people to achieve their goals.

Their vision is for Sheffield to be a city where residents lead physically, mentally and emotionally fulfilling and healthy lives, by empowering individuals and communities to take control of their own health and wellbeing.

Through the #Let’sPlaySheffield campaign, Decathlon wanted to help those who need it most, engaging with local clubs and community groups and organisations to encourage everyone to lead more active lifestyles.
“Keeping communities active through sport and physical activity is important to us

The residents of Sheffield voted for their chosen winner in-store and recognised Shipshape for making a remarkable contribution to their local community by providing a safe space for their members and facilitating physical fitness activities within it.

Alongside the winner were two runners-up, The Terminus Initiative and Woodhouse, who will both be given a £500 Decathlon gift card to spend on sports equipment and kit to benefit their wider community.

Rodolfo Perez, Decathlon Sheffield Store Leader, comments:
“We’re delighted to announce the winner of our Let’s Play Sheffield competition. Shipshape are clearly making an incredible difference to our local community and we wanted to be able to give something back to say thanks for all the club’s hard work and commitment – particularly as the last 18 months have been so challenging following the pandemic and many of us have needed fitness and exercise more than ever before.

“It’s been wonderful to see the residents of Sheffield come together and recognise the amazing contribution of all the local clubs, and we would encourage everyone across the nation to make the most of their local clubs in their communities so that everyone can get out and lead a more active lifestyle.”

Tanya Basharat, CEO of Shipshape Community Hub, comments:
“Me and my team are overwhelmed that we have been selected as the winner of the Decathlon Let's Play Sheffield Initiative. This means so much to the communities we work with at grass root level and our new hub initiative which was set up for the most vulnerable in our neighbourhood.

“Keeping communities active through sport and physical activity is important to us and the Community Sport Hub isn’t just about sport, we hope to use sport to break barriers, enhance live’s, tackle mental health, inequality, and wellbeing across our communities. Lockdown has been tough for our communities, but we have been able to keep people active, motivated and empowered them to keep moving, through a range of activities outdoors and in their homes.”

The #LetsPlaySheffield campaign from Decathlon celebrates and gives back to the all-important local sports teams and clubs.