Strategic Sports Partnership

Sports-Partnership-Launch_Group-pic-1The Sports and Physical Activity Partnership involves more than 100 organisations in Trafford and includes representatives from the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Sport has always played an important role in Trafford's history and the partnership harnesses the many benefits that sport can bring to local communities.

The aim behind the  partnership is to build on the success of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, where Trafford played a vital role hosting Olympic football, to create a lasting legacy that will positively benefit the whole borough. The  partnership aims to reduce health inequalities and have the most active population in Greater Manchester by 2021.

Read the Strategic Framework for more information.

Xtra Mile Events – Trafford Athlete Fund

Sport is an incredibly important part of Trafford’s history. The ability to stage some of 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 the Trafford Sport & Physical Activity Partnership is working to harness the many benefits that sport and physical activity can bring to local communities in Trafford.

As part of this ambition the Xtra Mile Events - Trafford Athlete Fund has been created by Xtra Mile Events (organisers of the Greater Manchester Marathon in Trafford) and Trafford Council. It demonstrates Trafford’s commitment to building a sporting legacy to nurture and inspire promising and talented young people at any level; from those just starting out to those already competing, regionally, nationally or internationally.

Funding has been awarded to help promising and talented young people (aged 18 and under) who live within the Trafford boundary to realise their potential and progress in their chosen sport. 

Trafford Sports Capital Grants Scheme

In 2016, Trafford Council along with the Trafford Sport & Physical Activity Partnership provided funding of up to £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to help more people play sport or take part in physical activity more often.

The Trafford Sports Capital Grants Scheme is intended to support the following purposes:

  • Provision of facilities for the community of Trafford
  • Purchase of new community equipment (not personal equipment)
  • Improvements to existing buildings and sites (including education sites where there is community use), or conversion of redundant buildings (applicants for these projects need to prove how the improvements or conversions will increase participation)
  • Levering funding from other organisations into key schemes in Trafford, and demonstrating partnership working
  • Providing specialist facilities or equipment for disabled people

The deadline for applications was the 26th February 2016. A second deadline (should the funding available not be allocated following the first panel) has been scheduled for the 26th August 2016.

In addition to the summary, the following downloads are available:

Trafford Sports Capital Grants Scheme application form (Word version)

Trafford Sports Capital Grants Scheme application form (PDF version)

Trafford Sports Capital Grants Scheme guidance document

Further details can be requested by e-mailing


Member Organisation
Andy Worthington Independent Chair
Ben Williams Strategic Lead, Local Relations, Sport England           
Bernie Jones Chief Executive, Trafford Community Leisure Trust
Cllr John Lamb Executive Member for Communities and Partnerships
Chris Dyson School Games Organiser, Ashton on Mersey School
Eleanor Roaf Consultant in Public Health, Trafford Council
Gill Prideaux Chair of the Trafford Sports Council
James Scott Assistant Principal, Trafford College
Jim Liggett Superintendent, GMP and Safeguarding Children's Board   
Joanne Hyde Acting Corporate Director Transformation &Resources, Trafford Council   
John Shiels Chief Executive, Manchester United Foundation
Kay Statham Community Partnership Manager & School Games Organiser, Flixton Girls School
Mike Savage Chair of the Trafford Environment Partnership & Operations Manager, Red Rose Forest
Neil Smith President of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Phil Townsend Director of Communications, Manchester United Football Club
Ralph Rudden Chair of Diverse Communities Partnership
Sandy Mitchell Head of Community Development, LCCC Foundation
Simon Durbin Head of Property Management, Bruntwood
Yvonne Harrison Chief Executive, Greatersport

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


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