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Sefton Sports Awards 2018

Southport Theatre and Convention Centre was filled with Sefton’s sporting stars and unsung heroes last night (Wednesday, July 11) as Sefton Council celebrated its 18th annual Sefton Sports Awards.

 Organised by Active Sefton in partnership with Sefton Sports Council, the awards celebrate volunteers, coaches, teams or individuals from across the borough who have been successful or shown great tenacity in their sport.

Abigail Bates (highly commended) Disabled Sports Personality

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 Over 100 nominations were whittled down to 53 nominees all hoping to walk away with one of the prestigious awards.

 The awards this year welcomed guest speaker, Commonwealth medallist Holly Hibbott, who had encouraging words of wisdom for Sefton’s up and coming sports stars.

 As always the awards recognised some of the boroughs unsung heroes, many of whom dedicated much of their life to sport with little thanks or recognition.

 This year’s winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, John Henners, has spent almost two decades supporting the swimming club at Bootle Leisure Centre even while battling serious illness. His passion for swimming has encouraged his students to compete regionally and nationally, with one talented student going on to swim for Team GB in the Paralympics.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, was at the stunning event. He said: “Each year I continue to be blown away by the achievements and dedication of both the winners and nominees.

 â€śIt is thanks to these people, clubs, teams and schools that grassroots sport has a place in Sefton and our young people are inspired and supported when following their sporting ambitions.

 â€śCongratulations to all of last night’s winners and thank you for your commitment to sport in Sefton!”

 The winners of last night’s awards are as follows:

  • Primary School of the Year – St Patricks Catholic Primary School
  • Secondary School of the Year – Formby High School
  • Supporter of the Year – T.E.A.M Sefton
  • Club of the Year – Crosby Stuart JFC
  • Coach of the Year – Sid Siadankay (North Merseyside Amateur Boxing Club)
  • The Richard McGrath Award – Kyle Taylor
  • The Richard McGrath Special Award – Ann Taylor
  • Sports Club Volunteer of the Year – Lee Taylor (Sefton Sea Cadets)
  • Young Volunteer of the Year – Alexandra Webb (Winwood Netball Club)
  • School Team of the Year – Formby High Boys Junior Cross Country and Running Team
  • Team of the Year- Friends of Moorside Park Run Club
  • Junior Male Sports Personality of the Year – Sam Cooper, Competitive Dinghy Sailor, West Lancashire Yacht Club
  • Junior Female Sports Personality of the Year – Francesca Pivaro, Unite Martial Arts
  • Disabled Sports Personality of the Year – Tash Simpkin-Watkinson
  • Male Sports Personality of the Year – Tommy Fleetwood
  • Female Sports Personality of the Year – Holly Hibbott
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – John Henners
  • Services to Sport- Tina Pilkington


Maghull and Lydiate Neighbourhood Plan: Have Your Say

The Council would like to notify residents and others that Maghull Town Council and Lydiate Parish Council have each submitted a Neighbourhood Plan proposal.

The Neighbourhood Plans set out a shared vision for the Maghull and Lydiate areas establishing the type of development needed to sustain each community.

The plans will each be examined by an independent planning examiner and separate local referendum will be held in both Maghull and Lydiate parishes before they can be adopted.

If adopted each Neighbourhood Plan will help guide development proposals within Maghull or Lydiate.

Plans can be inspected in physical form at:

  • Meadows (Maghull) Library, Hall Lane, Maghull, L31 7BB
  • Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle, L20 3NJ 
  • Maghull Town Hall, Hall Lane, Maghull, L31 7BB (Maghull Plans Only)
  • Lydiate Village Centre, Lambshear Lane, Lydiate, L31 2LA (Lydiate Plans Only)

Comments should be made in writing stating which plan you are commenting on to:

  • via email at
  • via standard mail addressed to Local Plan Team, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle L20 3NJ
All comments must be received by the Council no later than noon, Monday July 30, 2018.
All comments received will be forwarded to the examiner and published on the Council’s website. Please indicate if you wish to be notified of Sefton Council’s decision to adopt either neighbourhood plan.
The personal data you provide will be only used as part of the Council’s statutory planning duties. Information supplied may be published and made available for others to see and copy.

For more information on how we deal with personal data please see


Young people in Sefton have their say on changes to sex education in schools

Young people from SYMBOL (Sefton Youth Making Better Opportunities with Leaders) have been making their voices heard over plans to improve Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) and Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) in schools.  

 The Department of Education is considering updating the existing Sex and Relationship guidance which was last revised in 2000.

 At a recent SYMBOL meeting held at Bootle Town Hall, young people from across the borough discussed the topic.

 Being a member of SYMBOL means a young person can play an active role in their community, with a direct line of communication with key decision makers, such as councillors and senior managers at Sefton Council including representatives from Public Health. They meet three times a year at different locations across the borough. 

 At the meeting young people talked about their experiences of sex education in school and gave advice on how it can be changed to be more effective. They believed that they would benefit more by having discussions about thoughts, feelings and the various issues surrounding relationships.

 Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, was at the meeting. He said: “Some great points were raised by the young people attending the meeting. 

 “As a new curriculum in SRE and PSHE is shaped, it is important that we listen to young people’s views and experiences in order to make lessons relevant to them and their needs.

 “Young people believed that some teachers may be embarrassed when talking about the subject and understand it may be difficult for them to make the transition from teaching their usual curriculum subject, to having open discussions about sex and relationships. Advice like this is really relevant and will be shared with Public Health.” 
 During the meeting there was a performance from Access27, a theatre company which portrays the issues which effect young people. The hard hitting ‘Like Glue’ exposed relationship abuse in 5 scenarios including domestic abuse and controlling behaviour. This creative and emotive piece brought the issues to life, leaving a lasting impression on the room.
 Also on the agenda and keeping to the important topic of sex and relationships, young people and key figures took part in a session which raised awareness of the increase of on-line sexual abuse and e-safety. The workshop gave a greater understanding of how to spot the warning signs that a young person is being targeted and how to report any incidents. 

 For more information visit: and

 To get involved in SYMBOL contact Rob Hancock on 07792 315 890

Crosby Lakeside Family Fun Day

Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre is inviting families along to this years Family Fun Day on Sunday, July 22.

 The Sefton Council run centre has lined up an exciting raft of activities to entertain all ages including free fitness classes, free water sport taster sessions, a bouncy castle, rodeo bull, BBQ, DJ and much more!

 There will also be an opportunity to book a place on the beginners sailing sessions planned for the day. This will give anyone interested a chance to get out on the water and try their hand at sailing.

 The fun day also falls on the same day of the fourth round of the 2018 British Jet Ski Championship which means there’ll be plenty to do and see.

 Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre offers a huge range of indoor fitness activities including a variety of classes including Les Mills classes and virtual classes.

 The centre also opens a world of water sports activities on the lake including open water swimming, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing and more.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Many people don’t realise just how much is on offer at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.

 â€śThis fun day is a brilliant opportunity for people to not only find out about, but also try their hand at the range of activities that are held at the centre.

 â€śI hope that families from across the Liverpool City Region head to the Lakeside and have a wonderful day out.”

 To find out more call 0151 966 6868 or like Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre on Facebook.

Soaring success for 2018 Southport Air Show

Thousands of people visited sunny Southport and Sefton this weekend for the 2018 Southport Air Show

The three day spectacular which featured a host of daring displays, fantastic pyrotechnics and fun for all the family saw crowds head to Southport seafront between July 6 & 8. 

Thousands of people saw the mighty Red Arrows put on an unforgettable display on Friday evening to open the show, while a firework finale set up a weekend of incredible displays both in the air and on the ground. 

Saturday also featured a giant screen for football fans to catch the England clash against Sweden, topped off with skywriters making sure everybody in Southport knew the final score. 

A special ‘It’s Coming Home’ message was also written in huge letters on the beach, being revealed only when the Tigers freefall team jumped out of their plane and snapped a special selfie with the sandart.

The busy weekend meant that business in the town centre was booming, with restaurant, shop and bar owners enjoying heavy footfall as part of the Southport Air Show.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, said: “Yet again the Southport Air Show proved to be an amazing weekend for all!

“Visitors enjoyed incredible aerial and ground spectacles throughout all three days and the weather was near perfect.

“Friday night in particular was a fantastic evening with the world famous Red Arrows, fireworks, artillery and LED aerial displays.

“Thousands of people flocked to Southport and Sefton over the weekend, which will have had a real positive impact on local businesses in and around the town.

“We are already looking forward to the British Musical Fireworks in September.”

Don’t forget The British Musical Fireworks Championship take place across three nights on September 28, 29 & 30.

Tickets are now on sale from ÂŁ4.50 at

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