MANCHESTER SPORTS AWARDS 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:
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
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
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
Winner - Malachy Lees
Finalist - Daniel Taylor
Finalist - Siddharth Mahala Winner - Frances Campbell
Finalist - Michael Slattery
Finalist - Lauren Shaw
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
Winner - Ancoats Run Club
Finalist - The Northern
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
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 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.
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.