The deadline to make a nomination for the 2019 Sefton Sports Awards has now been extended until May 20 due to popular demand.
Now in its 17th year, the awards celebrate the very best of the sporting offer across the borough with categories celebrating the outstanding talent and commitment of local athletes, coaches, volunteers, clubs and schools.
Special guest for the Awards, which takes place in June, will be motivational speaker and former Royal Marine Andy Grant from Bootle. Andy became the world’s fastest single leg amputee after being blown up by an IED during active duty.
The inspirational runner is set to explain to nominees and guests that life will put you in all kinds of challenging situations, but it need not determine you as a person – it’s how you react to these challenges.
Taking place at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Wednesday, June 26, the annual event is organised by Sefton Council’s Active Sefton team and budding sporting legends will vie for glory over ten categories.
Nominees will reflect the very best of all aspects of Sefton sporting achievements from school teams to top coaches and even a sports personality of the year.
You can make your nominations in the following groups:
Young Volunteer of the Year (14 – 19 Years)
Volunteer of the Year
School of the Year – (Primary and Secondary)
Sports Personality of the Year (Jnr Sports Personality U18, Sefton Sports Personality, Disabled Sports Personality)
Club of the Year
Team of the Year
Coach of the Year
Workplace of the Year
Community Project of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award
Heather Redhead, Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing Development Manager, said: “Each year our communities nominate the very best sporting stars across Sefton and we want 2019 to be even bigger and better than ever before.
“If you know of an individual or group who are deserving then please nominate them – this is a fantastic opportunity for those involved with sports across the borough to be recognised for their efforts.
“We look forward to seeing another strong list of nominations this year.”
Nominations can be made at sefton.gov.uk/seftonsportsawards. The new deadline for entries is May 20.
100 Year Old lauds benefits of making friends and keeping fit
A 100 year old woman from Sefton is backing a council led campaign to celebrate the importance of mental and physical well-being.
May marks Sefton’s Year Of Friendship’s ‘Active’ month, where the Local Authority celebrates community groups, teams, individuals and organisations who promote healthy bodies, minds and flourishing friendships through keeping fit, playing sport and more.
Sefton Council’s campaign is being supported by a number of groups and organisations across the borough, including Bootle Bucks Inclusion Football Club, the Merseyside Sports Partnership (MSP) and South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (SSCCG).
The importance of making lasting relationships all while keeping fit and active has certainly not been lost on 100 year old Alma Jones from Maghull, who regularly attends an Active Ageing Falls Prevention class.
Bootle born Alma regularly joins other elderly residents at St Andrews Church, Maghull for the weekly classes where skilled instructors help Over 65s to develop muscle strength and improve balance, with the aim of preventing potentially serious falls or accidents.
However Alma says she benefits just as much from the social inclusion aspect of the course.
Alma said: “For one thing the Active Ageing course gets your arms and legs moving, which maybe would not be happening otherwise but also we’re socialising, which a lot of people don’t do when living on their own.
“Some people just stay in their house, just watching television and not speaking to anyone.
“So I make a point of going out every day, coming to this class, and keep on socialising. Often I will invariably meet somebody and talk to somebody which you should do when you’re older.
“I love coming to the class. I have always been very active and throughout my life I’ve done lots of exciting things like rock-climbing and made sure I always kept fit by swimming, cycling and general good living.”
The month of May marks Sefton Council’s Year Of Friendship celebration of all things Active.
Throughout May we’ll be taking a look at a host of community groups, teams, individuals and organisations who promote healthy bodies, minds and flourishing friendships through keeping fit, playing sport and much more!
From eager centenarians at the local authority’s very own Active Ageing classes to the mighty Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC making their mark on and off the field, Sefton is a hive of fitness inspired friendships.
Every year hundreds of new friendships are forged through various health and wellbeing clubs and sessions across Sefton and there has never been a better time to get involved in your community.
Keep checking this post for updates throughout May on a whole host of opportunities for you to get fit and make friends in our fantastic borough…
Amazing Bowling For Health scheme rolls out across #MySefton
Supported by the MSP (Merseyside Sports Partnership)’, Bowling For Health is a fantastic initiative, developed and successfully piloted in 2017 by Holy Trinity Bowling Club in Formby. Now the scheme is bowling over many other clubs and residents across Sefton.
Run by qualified and welcoming coaches, older adults are being encouraged to feel the benefits of being more active by heading along to a Bowl for Health course near them.
Currently there are 3 sessions starting in Sefton. They are:
• Scarisbrick Bowling Club, Falkland Road, Southport. Sessions will run from 10.30am -11.30am from Friday, May 10 for eight weeks. Book a place by calling 07821 995055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Victoria Park Bowling Club, Esplanade, Southport. Sessions will be held from 10am starting on Saturday, May 11, for six weeks. To book a place call on 07816287273 or email email@example.com
Botanic Gardens Bowling Club, Bankfield Lane, Southport. Sessions have already begun and run 10am to 11am for six weeks – to book your place please contact Rod Eckersley on 01704 224167 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Active Alma is still making friends at 100 years old!
Alma Jones is proving that age is just a number as she continues to impress instructors at Sefton’s Active Ageing sessions – at 100 years old!
Alma Jones, who celebrated her landmark birthday in March, is a familiar face at her local Active Ageing Falls Prevention class and she insists keeping active is key to fighting social isolation and keeping both her mind and body active.
Alma said: “Not only are the Active Ageing classes fantastic for keeping well and building up your muscle strength, they’re also a great opportunity for people to make friends and have a chat between exercises!”
Read more about Alma and her active adventures here.