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.

Sporting Stars to be celebrated as Trafford launches Sports Awards

Do you know someone in your community who has selflessly sacrificed their time for others and demonstrated their commitment to sport and physical activity in your community?

The launch of the Trafford Sports Awards 2016-2017, by the Trafford Sport and Physical Activity Partnership, gives you the perfect opportunity to nominate them and see their efforts recognised.

Whether an individual, volunteer, club, school or coach, a talented athlete who has achieved great things, or someone who, through sport and physical activity has changed their lifestyle for the better, we need to know.

An esteemed independent panel of judges, including representatives from the Partnership, will face the difficult task of selecting the winners in each of the eight categories - Sports Achiever of the Year, Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year, Coach of the Year, Club of the Year, Unsung Hero, Volunteer of the Year, Changing Lifestyle Recognition Award, School Commitment to PE and Sport Award

Chair of Trafford Sport and Physical Activity Partnership, Andy Worthington, said: “Local heroes come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common, the outstanding contribution they make within their community.

This year’s event promises to be a marvellous celebration of sport and physical activity in Trafford, with our sporting heroes the glittering stars.  We have so many reasons to be proud of our sporting community and look forward to recognising their achievements on the night.

As well as receiving the local recognition they thoroughly deserve, all Trafford’s winners will go on to represent Trafford at the Greater Manchester Sports Awards later this year. Here they will rub shoulders with many famous sporting personalities and national athletes. These true sporting heroes will be our ambassadors, their presence reinforcing all that is great about sport and physical activity in Trafford.”

Nomination forms are now available for you to nominate an individual, club or school you feel deserves your nomination. Nominations should cover achievements from September 2016 to August 17.

Nominations close on Sunday 6th August.

It’s not just sporting heroes who can get involved in this event.

This year’s awards offer fantastic sponsorship opportunities for companies that share our passion for celebrating local heroes. If your company places creativity, motivation and determination to succeed high on its agenda, we could have the perfect sponsorship opportunity for you.

If you want to demonstrate the importance you place on recognising and celebrating local sporting heroes, then get in touch with Louise Wright on 0161 912 2849 to discuss further sponsoring one of our award categories.

Nomination Forms:

The School Commitment to PE and Sport

Unsung Hero Award

Volunteer of the Year

Changing Lifestyle and Recognition Award

Club of the Year Award

Coach of the Year Award

Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year Award

Sports Achiever of the Year Award


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