The 10th Cheshire & Warrington Sports Awards, organised by Sport Cheshire, were held on Friday 19th April at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington.
Alderley Edge Hockey club won Sports Club of the Year for a second year in a row!.
Nominees and Guests were greeted by the sound of African drums played by Young Ambassadors from the Wolves Foundation. They entered the stadium through old 'Wilderspool' turnstiles and started their journey through the showcase of community sport and onto the drinks reception. Several sports clubs including Th Edge , leisure operators, local authorities and sponsors all contributed to a fantastic welcome including the 'Fusion' Under 10s dance team on pitch side.
Raj Kay and Joe Coxon were at the awards dinner to recieve the trophy along with Georgina Hadfield, Teresa Hadfield , Andrew Drummond and Kelvin Briggs.:-
The awards were superbly hosted by the legendary DJ Mike Shaft who kept the evening rolling along with a great sense of fun and an obvious passion for sport. Every nominee's success was celebrated, covering a host of achievements and contributions to sport and physical activity.
Other highlights of the evening included local 'ultra' athlete Brian New undertaking an Iron Man Challenge through the evening to see how far he could cycle whilst the Awards were taking place. Guests had the opportunity to guess the distance with Brian's efforts of cycling 72 miles raising an excellent £300 for Sport Cheshire's charitable programmes. The evening as a whole raised a further £1650 through a prize draw with thanks to the guests and a £1 for £1 matching offer from Barclays Bank. Prizes for the draw were donated by public and private partners of Sport Cheshire inlcuding Brio Leisure, Livewire, Cheshire East Council, LA Fitness, Warrington Wolves Foundation and Chester Football Club.
Special guest at the event, Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee and new Patron of Sport Cheshire gave an inspiring keynote speech to the guests, emphasising the importance of fun in sport and the subconcious acquisition of life skills through participation. He closed his speech by reminding us all of not worrying about what doesn't work, but maximising what does.
In his closing address, David Newton, Chair of Sport Cheshire said, 'Sport Cheshire is passionate about improving lives through sport and proud to organise this event. It is important to recognise the efforts of those unsung heroes who make sport happen in our communities every day of the year, even more so as we are recognising contributions during 2012, a memorable year of sport. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners. Through their commitment we are able to get more people, more active, more often in Cheshire and Warrington.'
Club of the Year - Sponsored by Neil Allen & Associates
Winner: Alderley Edge Hockey Club