8 November 2018
The Greater Manchester Sports Awards recognise the incredible achievements and dedication towards physical activity and sport across the County. The 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester hold their own awards and the winners from eight categories are invited to the Greater Manchester event.
Returning for its 18th year on Friday 16th November at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford, this year sees the addition of a new award, selected and presented by Mayor Andy Burnham. The Greater Manchester Mayor’s Award recognises an individual or organisation who shows outstanding commitment to Greater Manchester Moving and their target to achieve 75% of people active or fairly active by 2025.
The addition of this new award highlights the Mayor’s support and passion to get Greater Manchester Moving to change the lives of people across Greater Manchester through physical activity and sport. Following last month’s nomination process, the Mayor has whittled down the candidates to his final three. All three finalists will be at the awards ceremony on 16th November, where the Mayor will announce the winner.
The three finalists are;
- St Mary’s RC Primary School, Middleton
- North West Race for Life Events Team
- Greater Manchester Ability Counts Football League
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said;
“Giving our young people a healthy start in life, reducing inequalities, keeping us physically and socially active as we age – these are worth more than the silverware in any club’s cabinet and such achievements should be recognised and rewarded. I couldn’t be more proud of presenting the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Award, and am very much looking forward to meeting the nominees on the night.”
Tom Feighan, Sports Leader at St Mary’s RC Primary School said;
“At St Mary’s our passionate sport and physical ethos does not only inspire and motivate our students but has in the last 4 years cemented our absolute belief that St Marys is about loving unique sporting experiences and outdoor learning. All our learning is linked to healthy living but most importantly the building of all our pupils’ self-esteem, love of engaging purposeful exercise and becoming healthier children.’
Annette Quarry, Cancer Research UK’s National Event Manager, said:
“We are thrilled to be one of the finalists in the Greater Manchester Sports Awards. Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life events in Greater Manchester have helped over 13,000 women, girls and boys get active in the region this year. By taking part and training for our friendly 5k, 10k and 5k Pretty Muddy obstacle events, participants have also helped to raise over £582,225 so far in 2018 for vital cancer research – including research taking place right here in Manchester.”
Greater Manchester Ability Counts Football League Committee said:
“We are delighted to be a finalist in the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Award! The pan-disability league is all about creating the opportunity for men and women, boys and girls to play football where many have never had the opportunity to play organised, competitive sport. Being entirely self-funded, we hope this will help to raise awareness of the league and in turn, help us create more opportunities for people with disabilities, to play football.”