Strategic Sports Partnership


Sport is an incredibly important part of Trafford’s long history. The ability to stage some the world’s biggest sports events has brought local and international recognition that Trafford, alongside Manchester, is one of the best sporting destinations in the world. By building on Trafford’s top class facilities, leading professional clubs and, partnership working to maximise economic growth, we will continue to build on the network of quality local sports clubs and more active schools to meet the needs of local communities. This will be achieved through accessible opportunities for increased participation to physical activity and sport.

Research shows that physical activity is one of the best medicines there is. We have developed a Physical Activity Vision and Trafford’s goal is to have the most active population in Greater Manchester by 2031. Work is underway to translate this vision into a strategy and deliverable interventions, relevant to the different places and communities that make up our borough.

The Trafford Strategic Sport and Physical Activity Partnership is an established Partnership which forms an integral part of the Trafford Partnership – a strong public / private sector partnership with a framework to coordinate activity and deliver change. The Trafford Strategic Sport and Physical Activity Partnership’s role is to drive forward the Physical Activity Vision.

Trafford Sports Awards 2018

Through the Trafford Sports Awards, we take the opportunity to recognise the efforts and achievements of individuals, clubs and organisation involved in sport and physical activity. This year the event will take place at Hotel Football on the 14th September from 1830. Nominations can be made from today until the closing date on the 27th August. Shortlisted nominees in each of the categories will receive their invites by the 31st August 2018.

Visit the Sports Awards page for full details on how to nominate.

Trafford Moving - Physical Activity Strategy

Trafford Council is launching its new Sports and Physical Activity Strategy which sets out its bold ambition to get every resident in Trafford moving more, every day.  

The strategy - Trafford Moving - supports the Council’s 2031 Vision of making Trafford a national beacon for sports, leisure and activity for all, by looking to change people’s approach to physical activity.

The launch will take place between 6th and 8th April, to coincide with the Greater Manchester Marathon, and will include a ‘launch event’, attended by a range of the Council’s partners, including the CCG, GPs and business leaders as well as various fun activities for all the family across the Borough over the weekend.

The Physical Activity Strategy links into the Council’s ambitious Leisure Strategy which will see a record investment in the region of £40m million in leisure facilities in Trafford. This includes proposals to transform George H Carnall Leisure Centre into a sport, health and wellbeing hub (alongside becoming the new home of Manchester Giants), the £6.4 million redevelopment of Urmston leisure centre into a state-of-the-art facility, investment in Sale Leisure Centre plus new leisure centres proposed for Stretford and Altrincham.

By creating better spaces and places to be physically active and attracting key sports investment into the Borough, the Council aims to make Trafford a place where residents start well, live well and age well by being more active.

Trafford Sports Awards 2017

The achievements and amazing work carried out by our local unsung sportsmen, women and young people was recognised at the Trafford Sports Awards at Hotel Football on Friday 8th September, in a special ceremony attended by three times Olympic bronze medallist athlete, Kelly Sotherton.

Athletes, coaches, volunteers, schools, sports clubs and unsung heroes, who tirelessly and selflessly dedicate their time to sport and physical activity in Trafford, were chosen as worthy champions by a panel of judges following a round of public nominations.

Along with their accolades, winners were also awarded funding through the Trafford Active Fund - set up following the 2015 ASICS Greater Manchester  Marathon by Trafford Council in partnership with Xtra Mile Events, and overseen by Trafford Sport and Physical Activity Partnership - to support the sporting careers of the borough’s most promising young athletes.

The fund receives £1 of the entry fee from each participant in the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon and the Manchester Half Marathon.

Since its inauguration the fund has awarded over £7,000 to well deserving athletes and sports clubs throughout Trafford to help young people succeed in their chosen sport.

At the awards ceremony on Friday (8th September) Xtra Mile Events announced that a further £40,000 of funding is now available for the consideration of grants, and will be awarded twice a year at the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon and the Manchester Half Marathon. 

The Trafford Sports Award winners 2017

Sports Achiever of the year: Lora Fachie MBE

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Lora won Paralympic gold and bronze at the Rio Games in September 2016. At the Paralympic Games the tandem were overwhelming favourites, Lora and her pilot Corrine Hall over came the favourites to take home gold in the 3km pursuit, they followed this up with a bronze in the Time Trial. Lora has been completely blind since the age of five. She has never let this stand in her wat, and in fact used this motivation to succeed.

Coach of the Year: Scott Bambrick

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Scott took over as interim Chairman of the Mini & Junior section at Sale Rugby Club at short notice last July. Since then he has worked tirelessly to enhance the playing, coaching and spectating experience for members of the club. Scott's work has increased the membership of mini and junior players, boys and girls from U6 to U16 and facillitated the education of coaches and young players. He has expanded the learning into local schools and ensured that the young players are embraced within the ethos of the club.

Unsung Hero in Sport: Joeseph Jones

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Joeseph Jones founded Stretford Victoria Junior football Club 40 years ago this year, all this time he has selflessly given so much time to the club, making such a difference to local boys' lives, believing in them and giving them a positive alternative to being out on the streets. He is still fully involved, even over the age of 70 and has helped to grow the Club to where it is todTestament to Joeseph's dedication is the number of families who are returning to the Club now with their own children. Joseph’s infectious enthusiasm, passion, dedication and hard work has never wavered, people have come and gone but he has always been there for everyone. Secretary, Chairman, Manger – Joseph has done it all and has influenced and led many children with the family values he has instilled at Stretford Vics.

He has created professional footballers but most importantly he has invested his time to keep many children in Stretford on the right path through his example and work ethic. He is an inspiration to many and has made such a difference to so many lives along the way, dedicating such a big part of his life to helping others.

Club of the Year: Urmston Sports Club

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The club provides a central community hub to allow people to easily and cheaply try a range of sports they otherwise wouldnt have access to. Urmston Sports Club encourages all ages and abilities and provides an inclusive focus. The Club's mixed sections which compromises of over 30 teams provide a great opportunity to socialise and build lifelong friendships and relationships. It is no mean feat to coordinate five sections effectively but through the sections pulling together with a one club mentality, Urmston Sports Club manage this to collaboratively improve options to keep people fit, active and socialising.

Changing Lifestyle Recognition Award: Sue Adam

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Sue was referred to Trafford Leisure's Physical Activity Referral Scheme in order to improve her health before hip surgery. She has drastically changed her lifestyle to the point where she now almost spends more time at the centre than the staff! Sue was determined to improve her health through physical activity and her hard work and efforts have been rewarded and she has been given the green light for her long awaited surgery. Sue is now giving back to others who are less confident by sharing her newfound passion for fitness with others. She is very supportive and encouraging and plays a big part in instilling the warm and welcoming nature of the classes.

Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year: Joshua Sutcliffe

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Joshua has been selected to represent Manchester City Football Club One City Disability Squad at Under 16 level. He also recently represented Trafford in the GM School Games in the U16 Disability Football competition. Joshua has had an incredible influence on a wide variety of pupils since joining Manor Academy. He has encouraged some of his peers to join the after school sports clubs and also supported them when representing the school. He has become a role model within the school. Joshua has a bright future in improving the profile of disability sport and how it can have a positive impact on any pupils lives.

Volunteer of the Year: The Boundary House Walking Group

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The volunteers provide weekly walks to target physically inactive and socially isolated people. They have already provided hundreds of hours and organise themselves to ensure there is a trained walk leader and backmarker present each week. The volunteers all attended Walking for Health training so that they could safely lead health walks’ and support newcomers to the group.

They are fully committed to the group and have developed new routes to maintain interest among the group. Together, they have helped people to improve activity levels in those previously deemed inactive, and reduce social isolation.

School Commitment to PE and Sport Award: Manor Academy

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Manor Academy is a successful and well-established school for pupils aged 11-18 with complex needs such as Autism, Down syndrome, Social, Emotional and Mental Health issues and Physical difficulties.

Andrew Grainger the PE and Sports Teacher is an inspirational and enthusiastic teacher whose work and vision for Inclusive and Disability Sports has taken the provision at Manor and across Greater Manchester to a different level. There are Before and After School Sports clubs as well as opportunities throughout break and lunchtimes to use the indoor and outdoor gym equipment. The PE/Sport offer amounts to up to 15 hours per week.

Manor Academy is a leading force in promoting Inclusive PE and Sports across Greater Manchester and Trafford schools both Primary and Secondary phase. It was one of the joint founder schools of The Greater Manchester Sports Inclusion Group. The school believes that PE and Sport has a crucial role to play in redressing the balance of today's pressures put upon young people and achievement will come through developing young people who are physically and mentally happy.


Member Organisation
Andy Worthington Independent Chair
Ben Williams Strategic Lead, Local Relations, Sport England           
Chris Dyson School Games Organiser, Ashton on Mersey School
Cllr Laura Evans Executive Member for Communities and Partnerships
Eleanor Roaf Consultant in Public Health, Trafford Council
Jessica Thompson Health & Wellbeing Lead, City of Trees
Jo Cherrett Chief Operating Officer, Trafford Leisure
Joanne Hyde Corporate Director Transformation &Resources, Trafford Council   
John Shiels Chief Executive, Manchester United Foundation
Kay Statham Community Partnership Manager & School Games Organiser, Flixton Girls School
Mark Jarvis Clinical Director at Trafford CCG
Neil Smith President of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Ralph Rudden Chair of Diverse Communities Partnership
Sandy Mitchell Director, LCCC Foundation
Yvonne Harrison Chief Executive, Greatersport

Agendas and minutes from all meetings are available on request by emailing


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