A Corby entrepreneur has big plans for the year ahead after a prestigious national award win recognising inspirational woman, rounded 2017 off nicely.
At just 26, Alex Paske has been heralded one of the brightest female stars in the country, after winning the Sport Award at the Aviva Women of the Future Awards 2017.
She is the founder of Mintridge, a Corby based sports organisation that provides mentor programmes to schools, clubs and young people.
Formed just three years ago, Mintridge has worked with more than 30,000 young people and inspired many to get involved in physical activity or take their sport to the next level.
Alex, who won the award at a glittering ceremony held at the Hilton Hotel in London, said: “It was incredible recognition to have been shortlisted and then to win such a prestigious award.
“I want to use the recognition that the award gives me to take Mintridge forward and my dream is that within five years our programmes are accessible to every secondary school n the country.”
Alex has big plans for 2018, hoping to work with even more schools and clubs and growing the Mintridge operation to include more staff.
The entrepreneur founded the organisation in order to pay back the personal riches that sport has brought to her own life since an early age. An aspiring hockey star, she first picked up a hockey stick aged six and played for many teams including Kettering Hockey Club, and represented the East region.
However after not making it through the national trials for England at 16 and then becoming injured, she began a battle with depression. Following support from family and friends she beat the illness and decided to channel her energies into helping young people achieve their sporting dreams and improve their lives through sport.
She said: “Sport can make such a huge difference to young people’s lives and it is Mintridge’s mission to help as many possible do that.
“We work with elite athletes across a huge range of sport, from cricket and netball, through to wheelchair basketball and each ambassador has their own personal story to tell to help inspire young people to achieve their goals.
“To be recognised for what the Mintridge team does is a huge honour and feels to me like receiving that England cap that I so hoped for.”
Pinky Lilani CBE founded the Women of the Future Awards in 2006 to recognise the UK’s female talent across different sectors.
To find out more about Mintridge or to enquire about a programme call Alex on 01536 447106.