BRIDGET BIDDLECOMBE BCAc & PAUL BIDDLECOMBE BCAc
Isle of Wight
Bridget and Paul have dedicated their lives since the early 1970’s to youth and community in the Isle of Wight. Both originally were helpers and volunteers at the Youth Centre but have remained involved for almost 50 years, Bridget is now Co-Leader and Paul is voluntary Chair. The Youth Centre has been at the forefront of best local, regional and national practice since the 1970’s when the couple developed a group system to encourage inclusivity of all members in a range of activities, promoting music, arts and sports.
Alongside the Youth Centre Paul was also involved in developing local sports to high standards and one volunteer in the 1990’s went on to officiate at the 2014 FA Cup Final, and following Paul’s campaigning for the Wight Athletics Club to be formed, one of its first members who went on to become the UK Pentathlon champion. Paul also developed and ran Volleyball and Basketball at the local Sports Centre.
The Youth Centre regularly had 1,000 annual memberships and since 1996, Bridget has tirelessly developed a programme of varied activities for young and old. In 2014 Prince Edward visited the Centre and commended Bridget and Paul for their lifelong dedication and commitment to the youth of the Island.
Nominated by: Richard Priest OBE