Top award for former teacher

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A FORMER Barnsley PE teacher who now runs a not-for-profit company delivering sport in schools and communities has been honoured with a top national award.

Darren Padgett, who founded Team Activ 12 months ago, was named Unsung Hero at yesterday’s prestigious Aviva/Telegraph School Sport Matters Awards.

Darren, from Hoylandswaine, was nominated for the award by Gordon Calvert, sports coordinator at High View Primary in Wombwell, where Team Activ delivers sports activities for pupils.

He was presented with his award by Paralympian and TV presenter Ade Adepitan.

The award comes just weeks after Team Activ won the highly contested Community Impact Award at the Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards.