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Sports Awards nominations extended due to popular demand

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.”

To find out more about Sefton Council’s Year Of Friendship www.mysefton.co.uk.

British Masters 2019: Pictures & videos from the tournament

Professional golfers Matthew Baldwin and Oliver Wilson chipped in to help budding golfers improve their skills through free coaching sessions at Southport Muni.

The golfers, who are in the resort for the British Masters tournament at Hillside Golf Club, kindly gave up their time to offer the sessions as part of Sefton Council’s Festival of Golf.

Matthew, who started his career playing at Southport Golf Links, was joined by Oliver Wilson, who starred in the 2008 Ryder Cup, offering top tips to stars of the future.

They started on the putting practice and then shared advice and tactics on the driving range and chipping onto the green.

For more information on Sefton Council’s Festival of Golf click here

Team tackling youth crime are committed to delivering high-quality services following inspection

Sefton Council’s team for tackling youth crime has demonstrated that they are committed to delivering high-quality services and are putting in place more robust systems to support this ambition.

During a routine inspection of Sefton Youth Offending Team (YOT) in February, the HM Inspectorate of Probation rated the local authority as being ‘Requires improvement’, recognising that Sefton YOT has areas of strength, including a skilled and dedicated workforce supporting young people to turn away from crime.

They acknowledged that the workforce wants the best for those they work with and that the YOT makes effective use of local resources to meet the needs of children and young people and their families.

The YOT were highlighted for being at the forefront of positive training initiative including on topics such as desistance, AssetPlus and child exploitation.

Inspectors recognised that the Council is going through a period of reorganisation, which will affect many services including the YOT, and are recommending that YOT needs to gain a deeper understanding of the children and young people that it works with.

Sefton’s YOT has already developed an improvement plan and will look at ways to address the key recommendations highlighted during the routine inspection.

They will be putting in place a number of actions that will focus on opportunities to prevent children and young people coming to the attention of the YOT in the first place through the early intervention and prevention agenda.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “We recognise that we have areas that we need to focus on but, despite reducing funding from Government, we have some real key strengths which we’re going to build on to ensure that we can make improvements and deliver a more effective youth offending service.

“We have a committed workforce that wants to do the best for our children across the borough, and we believe that by focusing our efforts on offering the right support, in the right ways and at an earlier stage will help deter young people coming into the system.

“Our early intervention and prevention model is new and still bedding in but we believe that we have the building blocks in place to develop a better approach that will help us improve positive outcomes and life chances for our young people communities.

“We will now work with partners to fully address the findings of this report, building on our areas of good practice whilst focusing on the key areas for improvement.”

The full report is available at www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmiprobation.

Southport Festival returns with more art, music and dance than ever before!

Southport Festival returns this May bringing a full weekend of music, art and colour to the town centre!

The festival, funded by Southport BID with Sefton Council, boasts a line-up packed with free family street theatre and live performance. Taking place 10th – 12th May, visitors to the Festival can expect interactive art demonstrations and creative zones designed for every generation to enjoy together.

Big name music acts for 2019 include Heather Small, Soul ll Soul and Elkie Brooks playing at The Waterfront.

For families, there are plenty of memories waiting to be made with magical street theatre including the Fabularium and three brilliant Mad Hatter’s Tea Party shows. There are comedy shows for both adults and children alike in the Atkinson and visitors should also look out for a huge interactive pavement draw with Urban Canvas.

The festival, now in it’s 4th year, will have plenty of entertainment for audiences of all ages with live dance, theatre and music in Chapel Street all weekend. Businesses throughout Southport are joining the fun with a day full of live music with Remedy and DJ’s in the Bandstand courtesy of The Vincent.

Southport Festival is brought together through collaboration; directed by a steering group of representatives from Southport BID, Sefton Council, Southport Contemporary Arts, The Atkinson and The SDC alongside passionate members of the local arts community. The event is backed by funding from the BID and Sefton Council.

Rob Uffendell, of both Southport BID and Southport Festival says of the event “Our aims were always to bring together communities, art forms, local talent and businesses to create a diverse festival that truly has something to offer everyone! We are really proud of the way the festival has grown.

There is a real sense of coming together in the planning of the event and the venues that participate and host events are what help it grow. We hope we have the opportunity to keep growing it further and putting on even more free activity going forward”

Check out southportfestival.com for full information about the many festival events taking place from Friday 10th-Sunday 12th May.

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