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Councillor Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council

Celebrating Tameside's Sporting and Community Pride

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

It’s that time of year again. The 2019 Pride of Tameside Sport and Physical Activity Award nominations are officially open, with the final presentation evening scheduled for 27th September at Dukinfield Town Hall.

As with previous years, we’re looking for people and organisations that have made a real difference to sport in Tameside; be they the high achievers, the coaches, the clubs or the volunteers. The Awards provide the opportunity for us all to say thank you and well done to those that, one way or another, have gone the extra mile. Previous winners include Laurus Ryecroft Year 7 student Max Charlett, who won the Sports Achiever of the Year award last year for his dedication to fencing, and Dom Doyle F.C., which took away the Club of the Year award for their efforts to keep alive the memory of Dominic Doyle, a Denton resident who was stabbed to death on a night out and to raise awareness of the dangers of knife crime. Other winners of the awards over the years range from sports as diverse as archery, athletics, ten pin bowling, cricket, boxing and cycling.

As always, the awards will be presided over by a well-renowned figure from the world of sports. Last year, it was the turn of Hyde-raised professional boxer Stacey Copeland to take up the mantle, joining cricketer Michael Vaughan and swimmer Mark Foster in the ranks of sporting legends to grace the event.


Entering is easy, and anybody can nominate a person or organisation that they believe deserves recognition. There are nine different categories up for grabs in 2019; Changing Lifestyle Award, Club of the Year, Young Sports Achiever of the Year, Unsung Hero, Alex Williams Volunteer of the Year, School Commitment to PE and Sport Award, Disabled Physical Activity Champion, Workforce Advocate Award and Community Initiative Award. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Active Tameside website and e-mailed to or posted to: Andy Dwyer, Active Tameside, Active Ken Ward, Hattersley Road East, Hattersley, Hyde, Cheshire, SKL14 3NL before the nomination closing date on 4th August. Nominees should only be entered into one award each, and all of Tameside’s winners will be invited to represent the borough in the Greater Manchester Sports Awards at the end of the year.

The Pride of Tameside Sport and Physical Activity Awards are just one of the ways in which Active Tameside is working to raise awareness to improve the levels of health and uptake of sport in our local communities. In September, they will lead the way for other leisure providers in the borough by becoming the first to be completely smoke-free. That means that all smoking, including vaping, will no longer be permitted at any Active Tameside premises. That covers both the inside of Active Tameside buildings and outside areas such as pitches, courts, side-lines, cars, car parks and all other areas within each site’s perimeter. They’ll also be teaming up with Be Well Tameside, our local health and wellbeing service, to provide interested staff and customers with support and advice on how to quit smoking for good. Smoking is the biggest cause of health inequalities in Tameside, and over 460 residents every year die of a smoking related disease. The more people we can get to quit and the earlier we can get them to quit, the better.

These two pieces of news encapsulate neatly our approach to promoting healthy living in Tameside; making it easier for our local residents to make the right choices when it comes to activity and lifestyle, and celebrating those in our community who provide an example for others to follow. So don’t forget to make your nominations for the Pride of Tameside Sport and Physical Activity Awards, and remember that the power to make a difference to your life is always in your hands.


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