Grovehill of Hemel Hempstead is HSP’s Active Local area for Dacorum in partnership with Dacorum Borough Council. Josh Spavins is the Project Officer linked to Grovehill.

Population = 7,963
Working Age 16-24 = 63.3%
Youth Unemployment = 14.4%
Pensioners in Poverty = 13.1%
Obesity Prevalence = 12.8%
State School Pupils in HE = 32%
Connectedness Score = 2.26

The area was full of potential and the organisations and people involved passionate about developing their community. My role has supported Dacorum Borough Council to deliver sport for social change in a targeted ward in Hemel Hempstead.

The Connectedness Score above is significantly lower than the Herts and nationwide average. One of my first aims was to raise this score, bringing the community, it’s facilities and sport closer together. We are well on our way to achieving this, with lots of progress culminating in the ‘Active Local Hemel‘ Facebook group. This group brings together key stakeholders in the area, to discuss sports development and connect the opportunities in the town closer to the communities. There’s a lot going on in Grovehill already. A lot of my work will be to help develop these provisions and ensure residents have access and know about them.

I’ve met and supported many people and organisations in the area. A particular highlight to demonstrate the impact would be the Return To Play funding from Sport England that has come into the ward and Borough as a whole: currently totalling £70,0127

Apex in the Community = £4,393
Hemel Warriors ABC = £9,270
Hemel ABC = £8,100
Hemel H Swimming Club = £8,401
Berko Belles Netball Club = £5,708
Kings Langley Cricket Club = £4,300
Hemel H Cycling Club = £4,540
Gadebridge Badminton Club = £1,800
Harbour Lights Scuba Club = £6,075
Tring Squash Club = £1,500
Berkhamsted Gymnastics = £7,689
Berkhamsted Bowmen Archery = £700
Hemel Sharks = £2,734
Bovingdon Bowls Club = £4,617
Matthew Sharks Scuba Club £3,000

Should you wish to find out more about my work in Grovehill or want to explore how I can help, feel free to get in touch:

Josh Spavins
E: j.spavins@herts.ac.uk
T: 07592 943831