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Derbyshire sports firm celebrates record-breaking year despite Covid restrictions

Derbyshire sports firm celebrates record-breaking year despite Covid restrictions

A DERBYSHIRE sports firm which runs “exciting and creative” PE lessons and holiday clubs for children has recorded a record-breaking year – despite only being fully-operational for five months of the year.


Progressive Sports Derbyshire, Chesterfield and Nottingham have reported a £225,000 turnover in the last 12 months – a 36 per cent increase – during a year which has seen their business restricted in how it operates, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Adam Holland, managing director, praised the efforts of his staff for their hard work often under difficult circumstances.

He said:

“The past 12 months have, for everyone, been extremely challenging, so the fact that we’ve reported a significant turnover - even though we were only able to coach children of keyworkers during February half term and, for three months of the year, we were restricted on the number of children we could take care of in schools due to the pandemic - is an outstanding achievement.

“The coaching staff and, in particular general manager Ria Taylor and Ewan Hickinbotham, our operations manager, have worked extremely hard to make the business a success and we’re looking forward to working with five new primary schools across the East Midlands later this month.”

Progressive Sports support schools and communities, delivering Ofsted-approved PE lessons for youngsters between the ages of four and 13 with sports such as Futsal, cricket, gymnastics and even Glow in the Dark dodgeball on the agenda.

The Easter holiday has seen Progressive Sports welcome 500 children across three venues in the county with places for their sessions during the Spring Bank Holiday in May selling fast. All are planned so that they were Covid-safe and comply with local county council guidance.

Adam is keen to stress the importance of sport and the positive impact it can have on the wellbeing of children.

He said:

“PE has moved on so much in the past few years and there is much more awareness of the positive effect that taking part in activity has on children; sport can help with general wellbeing, communication and anger management.

“As long as that activity is engaging and varied, plus as inclusive as possible – and our coaches are fully trained to deliver this – then we will continue to grow.”

There are plans to add a further three coaches to the staff and, last month, Progressive Sports Derbyshire, Chesterfield and Nottingham helped Derby North MP Amanda Solloway with her mission to get the people of Derby fit during lockdown, creating two videos for the Science Minister’s Facebook page for followers.

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