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Emirates Old Trafford celebrates the volunteers who make physical activity and sport happen

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    9th November 2018

Tags: GMSportsAwards, volunteer

The Greater Manchester Sports Awards, now in their 18th year, take place on 16th November at Emirates Old Trafford. They celebrate the outstanding commitment and achievements made in physical activity and sport across Greater Manchester. BBC Radio Manchester presenter Chelsea Norris is the night’s host, who will be joined by guest speaker Claire Lomas; marathoner, motor biker, hand cyclist and campaigner. The 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester hold their own awards and the winners from eight categories are invited to the Greater Manchester event.

Emirates Old Trafford are the official sponsor of the Volunteer of the Year Award which recognises the selfless commitment demonstrated by our 10 finalists. Each of the volunteers give up a significant proportion of their personal time to help others. The finalists’ generosity is far-reaching and helps provide opportunities for countless others to participate in physical activity and sport. Many of the volunteers also work tirelessly to enhance the sporting ability of others and help with the logistical aspects of a number of teams and clubs. The volunteers battling it out to become Greater Manchester champions are;

  • Bolton - Darren Crompton (Football)
  • Bury - Jamie Clarke (Martial Arts)
  • Manchester - Ciara Gostling (Cycling)
  • Oldham - Andy Steel (Football)
  • Rochdale - Barbara Bayliss (Parkrun)
  • Salford - Angela Rittaker (Rugby League)
  • Stockport - Richard Gregg (Football)
  • Tameside - Adam Hawley (Cricket)
  • Trafford - Malcolm Sterling (Parkrun)
  • Wigan - David Clarke (Cycling, Dance)

This year’s winner will follow in the footsteps of Nicola Steen from Tameside, 2017 Greater Manchester Volunteer of the Year. Nicola co-founded Mossley Running Club in November 2015 and spends an average of 20 hours volunteering. In the two years since, it had grown from 12 members to around 200! Nicola often goes above and beyond the call of duty, such as the Mossley 10k, when she tailed at the back to encourage runners. After finishing the half marathon during the Tour of Tameside, she ran back along the route to support other runners from the club.

Emirates Old Trafford is an award-winning, multi-purpose and all-encompassing venue, with a reputation for delivering inspirational conferences, meetings and much more. Catering from 10 to 2,000 people across a multitude of events, from small meetings to large exhibitions, our flexible, intelligent event spaces are fully supported by dedicated and in-house services, such as event duty managers, IT support and experienced event planners, who can cater to your every need.

Head of Conference and Events at Emirates Old Trafford, Angela Hodson commented;

“We’re delighted to be hosting the 2018 Greater Manchester Sport Awards and are really looking forward to seeing the event come to life at Emirates Old Trafford. The team has been working hard to prepare for the night and make sure that the client, and all their guests, have an evening to remember. It’s also a great honour to sponsor the Volunteer of the Year Award – we’re certain that there’ll be lots of worthy winners in the room on the night, who dedicate so much of their time to improving local lives through sport!”

Sara Tomkins, GreaterSport CEO said;

“We’re so glad to be back at Emirates Old Trafford for this year’s event. They provide such a great venue to be able to celebrate with all of the incredible finalists. I’m also grateful to them for recognising the contribution of all the volunteers who make physical activity and sport happen by sponsoring the Volunteer of the Year award.”

The other categories on the evening are;

  • Changing Lifestyle
  • Club of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Disabled Sports Achiever
  • Greater Manchester Mayor’s Award for commitment to Greater Manchester Moving
  • Sports Achiever
  • School Commitment to PE and Sport
  • Unsung Hero

Winners will be announced on the evening and shared on twitter #GMSportsAwards.