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manchester sports awards 2023

On Saturday 4 November, we returned to the iconic Kimpton Clocktower Hotel for another evening of celebration and reflection on what has a been another fantastic year for sport in our city at the #McrSportsAwards 2023 The ever-wonderful duo of Katherine Merry and Iwan Thomas hosted the evening that featured star guests and starry smiles all around the room!   We celebrated the wonderful work our clubs, coaches, volunteers, athletes, schools and community groups have done. The evening provided us with the opportunity to recognise the investment, commitment and effort made by so many to maintain and develop sport and physical activity across our city. Check out the full highlights from the night HERE MANCHESTER IS A CITY THAT LIVES AND BREATHES SPORT, AND COMMUNITY SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CONTINUES TO GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH AS WE WITNESSED AT THE AWARDS.  The videos and photos we shared were just a snapshot of the amazing work that goes on all year round by the many volunteers, community groups, clubs and partner organisations – many of whom were in attendance to celebrate together in person.   The evening was all about their achievements, offering the chance to pause, and take a moment and recognise how and where they have gone above and beyond.   We would like to say a huge thank you for their contribution to community sport and physical activity here in Manchester. Congratulations to all the finalists and the nominees. And a special thank you to all the sponsors, judges and team behind the scenes.   SEE THE LIST OF WINNERS BELOW, HIT THE HEADLINE LINKS TO WATCH THE FINALIST VIDEOS: PEOPLE'S CHAMPION Winner - Terry Hincks Since joining Abbey Hey Football Club in 2020, Terry has been on a one-man mission to bring club and community together. In addition to developing an established team and setting up a new girls team, he has delivered summer camps and created and attended events in the Gorton community. Terry has developed the clubhouse into a safe and welcoming place for all, and it is now used by both the club and community. Terry juggles his full-time work with volunteering at the club and gets involved at every level, from sweeping the changing rooms and attending meetings, to securing substantial grants for the club. It is recognised that Abbey Hey Football Club truly cares about the local community, and this is mainly because of Terry’s ambition and hard work. Finalist - Nicole Shaw Finalist - Joe Farrar Finalist - Mohammed Daud Ali   COMMUNITY PROJECT OF THE YEAR Winner - Angels United Angels United is a peer-to-peer bereavement support group and football team, set up by dads to provide support following the loss of a baby or child at any age or stage of pregnancy. A club that no one wants to have to join, Angels United provides a much-needed lifeline and the chance to connect with others who understand, both on and off the pitch. The club supports over 50 fathers and their families, allowing them to represent their children by wearing names on their shirts. Angels United has plans to offer more sports and walks to enable more families to be supported in the future. Finalist - Sporticipate Finalist - Station South JUNIOR SPORTS ACHIEVER Winner - Jasper Mallik Jasper started windsurfing at Manchester Watersports Club after the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then he has represented Great Britain at the Youth World Championships in 2022 and 2023, where he was the top performing GB sailor in his age group. In the past year he has won the Regional Championships and the Eric Twiname Championships, and is currently top of the GB National Windsurfing League in his class. In addition to his top-level performances, Jasper has supported HAF sessions at the club, volunteering his time over the summer to teach others how to windsurf. Finalist - Lois Parker Finalist - Courtney Kramoh YOUNG VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Winner - Malachy Lees Malachy is a volunteer boxing coach at Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club. He coaches for two days every week, working with young people from the local community. Malachy became involved with the club when he was excluded from school, and now volunteers as part of his education. He is seen as a role model by young people and his peers, and has ambitions of being a fully qualified coach working within sport. Malachy’s technical coaching skills and personable approach make him an outstanding asset to the club and his community. Finalist - Daniel Taylor Finalist - Siddharth Mahala COACH OF THE YEAR Winner - Frances Campbell Frances is a coach at Manchester Netball Club. She has built a reputation in the netball community for providingc a safe and happy environment for people to play, get fit and be coached. Frances volunteers almost 30 hours per week through her netball coaching in locations across the city. Through her hard work, membership of the club has grown and now includes men’s and mixed teams, in addition to those for women and girls. As well as the coaching she does herself, Frances also supports other coaches and volunteers, ensuring that they have the knowledge and training required to keep everyone safe and supported. Finalist - Michael Slattery Finalist - Lauren Shaw SCHOOL OF THE YEAR Winner - Ladybarn Primary School Ladybarn Primary School offers a huge variety of sporting opportunities both within and outside the curriculum. The school uses its sports leaders to support Key Stage 1 lessons on a rota basis, allowing leaders to work together to assist teachers and sports coaches in lessons. The school offers a wide range of after-school clubs, including BMX, archery and taekwondo – all free to access. Ladybarn has developed its playtime and lunchtime offer to mirror sports offered in PE lessons. This enables the children to practise the skills they learn in lessons and apply them in games with their peers. The school has strong links with a number of clubs, and children are regularly signposted to community sessions, allowing them to expand their love of sport fostered at school. Finalist - Rack House Primary School Finalist - Rodney House Primary School Finalist - Rolls Crescent Primary School CLUB OF THE YEAR Winner - Ancoats Run Club Ancoats Run Club is a thriving community-run group in the heart of Ancoats. Established during the 2021 lockdowns as a way for residents to get to know one another, it has grown to almost 500 members in two years. Runs take place daily from Monday to Saturday, some attracting over 100 members. Ancoats Run Club is free to join and led entirely by volunteers, which allows it to put on a variety of runs to suit all abilities. The club has links to Philip’s Park parkrun, and has supported a number of charitable initiatives since its inception.   Finalist - University of Manchester Tennis Club Finalist - The Northern OUR MANCHESTER  Winner - Shannon Howarth Shannon is currently the chair of the South Manchester Girls Football League, she has dedicated her life to support grassroots football ensuring females have the opportunities that she didn’t have when she was younger EVENT OF THE YEAR Winner - Davis Cup Manchester  Bringing Tennis to Manchester the Davis Cup brought top class players from around the world as well as leaving a legacy for communities within the city putting tennis on the Manchester map EVENT RECOGNITION  Winner - Manchester 2023 Para Swim World Championships Inspiring athletes of all levels  that anything is achievable, this event showcased para sport at the highest level as well as showcasing the recently refurbed Manchester Aquatics Centre leaving a legacy for mancunians in the pool.   OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO SPORT Winner - City of Manchester Institute of Gymnastics (CMIG) Years of hard work have supported thousands of Manchester residents to achieve their best and get the best coaching possible anywhere in the country making CMIG worthy winners of this award.

black history month | in focus - khadijat idowu, founder of across ummah cic

  October is #BlackHistoryMonth, and Manchester Active are celebrating inspirational black people from Manchester   We recently spoke with Khadijat Idowu Morafa, the Founder of Across Ummah CIC, a charity organisation in Manchester who work to mitigate substance misuse, addiction, crises and domestic violence within the family and in the community.   Read the full interview below;   1. please could you tell us about yourself? "My name is Khadijat Idowu MORAFA, the Founder of Across Ummah CIC. I had my M.Sc in Issues in Brain and Addiction. I love to foster peace and harmony within the community by supporting different demographics and social status to resolve any challenges within the community."     2. Tell us about Across Ummah cic? "Across Ummah CIC was established to improve family and community cohesion, mental and general wellness by mitigating substance misuse, addiction, crises and domestic violence within the family and in the community.   We create holistic pathways for people to reduce these conditions, by creating coping mechanisms in building resilience through counselling, therapy, coaching and resourceful skills to combat life challenges. We organise lectures, conferences, workshops, youth programmes.   We also run food projects across Manchester to reduce Cost of living crisis, poverty and socio-economic problems."   3.what made you want to set up the organisation? "When crisis happens in the family, many people do not have coping mechanisms more than turning into substance misuse. Some people from overseas entered criminal injustice and social services wrath due to lack of knowledge about being assimilated and lack of social values and norms. There are issues of identity crisis and Adverse childhood experience in many communities.    Across Ummah intervenes to educate the communities and create pathways to prevent and reduce these dysfunctional traits in the family and in the community at large. We believe viable and good family units will foster viable community and eventually viable society. We run youth events to bring the awareness of the substance misuse and support them to reach maximum potentials in life."   4. in your experience, what do you think are the main causes of substance abuse and addiction in manchester's communities? Some of the causes of substance abuse are due to peer pressure, trauma, adverse childhood Experiences, socio -economic pressures like unemployment, poverty, lack of coping strategies in difficulties, lack of education or ignorance, easy access to drugs and mental illness and isolation.   5. how do you help people? Through counselling, coaching, therapy, training, workshops, giving educative sessions and awareness in schools and in our events. Our food hub and panties are another outlet for people to mix and socialise with other people in the community. We train people to learn new skills on budgeting, parenting, triaging and signpost to other sectors they could be supported. 6. despite your work. what obstacles to reducting levels of substance abuse & addiction remain? "There are so many obstacles, we face but we never give up on anyone and are always there for our clients.   Economic and Social Inequalities – Poverty, unemployment Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and social disparities contribute to substance abuse in vulnerable populations. Relapse and Long-term Recovery – Relapse is a common challenge in addiction recovery, highlighting the need for ongoing support.   Limited Prevention and Education – Education and prevention efforts are insufficient as there has been so many reductions in some services to promote awareness as there are people including our youths unaware of the risks and consequences of substance abuse.   The stigma and discrimination associated with addiction can deter individuals from seeking help and getting treatment, we as a community Interest are accepting all backgrounds and create pathways for their individual’s needs.   Lack of access to Treatment and rehabilitation centres – Many communities face limited access to addiction treatment and rehab services. The waiting period for NHS is long and the private sectors are so expensive.   Co-occurring Mental Health Disorders – Substance abuse often co-occurs with mental health issues, and addressing both simultaneously can be challenging.   Accessibility and Social Inequalities – The availability and ease of access to drugs and alcohol to fuel addiction issues especially Cannabis, Shisha and vaping." 7. who has supported your work and how important has that support been to you and the organisation? "All the teams- Board of Directors, staffs, volunteers and the service users have been amazing in building trust and collaborating with us. Without adequate fundings from our funders and supporters such as NHS and Mental sectors, One Manchester, food Manchester, Rafiki and Fareshare Food Network, BBC Children In Need, Healthy Me Healthy Community, MACC and Manchester City Council and others Stakeholders we would not have been able to achieve this milestone." 8. what has been your most memorable or stand out moment? "Wiping tears from people’s eyes, validating and reassuring them to achieve maximum potentials in life are great values. Working with diverse communities with various challenges in life such as gambling, addiction or other issues that they felt quite daunting and unsurmountable, and working with these individuals to cross these hurdles, turn their lives round and have sense of achievements." 9. how can people in manchester get involved and support the work you do? "We welcome more volunteers from diverse background because of diversities in the community that we serve. More funding will boost the projects that we run, and everyone is welcome." We'd like to say a mssive thank you to Idowu for taking the time to speak to us.If you like to learn more about Across Ummah, and the work they do, visit the links below!   Find them on; Website Email Instagram

the national cycling centre 'aces' its reopening

On Saturday 2 September, The Velodrome at the National Cycling Centre reopened after £27 million of works to improve its facilities and green credentials – becoming the UK’s first all-electric Velodrome. The grand opening saw city officials, council members, officers, key stakeholders and many other community users and local residents visit the National Cycling Centre to celebrate the return of this iconic Manchester landmark. The National Cycling Centre has been an unmistakable part of the city’s sporting skyline since manchester hosted the successful 2002 commonwealth games and, it is great to welcome back the jewel in the city’s crown of world-class sporting facilities.    Reducing carbon emissions has been at the heart of this refurbishment.  Renewable energy technologies such as solar panels have been installed throughout the facility, and energy efficient technologies in 3 new air source heat pumps will reduce the National Cycling Centre’s carbon footprint. These technologies will ensure Manchester remains on track to meet the 2038 net zero target.   As one of the Council's most energy dependent buildings the new technologies are expected to reduce carbon emissions by a minimum of 517 tonnes per year.   As a globally recognised city of sport, Manchester is uniquely placed to host major events year in, year out. The Velodrome will be no different. It is fantastic that our partners British Cycling also get to call the National Cycling Centre home. The passion, dedication and prowess they demonstrate here will no doubt further ignite the enthusiasm of local people and local communities to pick up a bike and have a go.  The event saw speeches from Executive Member for Skills, Employment and Leisure Cllr John Hacking, Sport England's Executive Director of Place, Lisa Dodd Mayne and British Cycling's CEO Jon Dutton.   Cllr John Hacking said; "Investment in elite facilities like this plays a pivotal role in encouraging people to embrace an active lifestyle and move more, and the reopening of this facility ensures it remains a beacon of inspiration, showcasing what cycling can achieve, both competitively and recreationally.   Just like the other world-class national centres in Manchester, the National Cycling Centre will serve as a place that stretches far beyond the podiums and starter pistols. This facility will encourage and nurture a sense of community built through movement".  Following the announcement of Manchester’s current bid to become the European Capital of Cycling in 2024, the return of the National Cycling Centre will maximise the movement of cycling, and it was brilliant to welcome delegates from the ACES European bid team to the launch event. In these hallowed walls, we get to witness the perfect synergy between grassroots and world-class and the power of sport, physical activity and movement to shape a healthier, happier, and more vibrant community. Interested in cycling? Find out what's available at the National Cycling Centre here