Success at the Lancashire Sports Awards 2015


On Friday 4th December, the 14th Lancashire Sports Awards were held at Preston Guild Hall.

There were over 350 sponsors, partners, athletes, nominees and family and friends in attendance who’d all come out to show their support and dedication to community sport in Lancashire.

The Beatnik Collective opened the evening with their gorgeous glow show, which set the stagefor an inspiring night of achievement.

The evening, sponsored by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, was presented by BBC Lancashire’s Graham Liver and included guest speaker World Champion gymnast Beth Tweddle.

Nine trophies were awarded on the night to schools, clubs, coaches, volunteers and up and coming athletes who have all excelled in their own way over the last year.

Pictures from the event can be viewed in the gallery.

Congratulations go to all the nominees and winners.

Primary School of the Year, sponsored by The Anderton Centre

Winner: St. Andrew’s CE Primary School (Preston)

At St Andrew’s, the school prides itself on the quality of their PE sessions and the excellent progress that the children make. The school made sure that they entered every single competition that was available for them in Preston last year, and won an award for entering the most and the widest range of competitions, out of all of the schools in Preston!

Highly Commended: Pear Tree Specialist School (Fylde) and Thorn Primary School (Rossendale)

Secondary School of the Year, sponsored by Thornton Sports

Winner: St Michael’s CE High School Academy (Chorley)

Pupils are encouraged to join local clubs that the school is linked with, such as Chorley Infernos and LSA Netball teams. This is a fully inclusive school that involves all children regardless of physical ability, offering roles as officials and coaches to children who might not see their future in practical performance. They also have a number of Young Ambassadors who promote sport within the school through the Sports Council who hold an inter-tutorial competition every half term.

Highly Commended: St.Bedes RC High School (Blackburn with Darwen) and  Worden Academy (South Ribble

Young Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Burnley College

Winner: Megan Riley (Burnley)

Megan has completed over 200 hours working in her community in the last 10 months by volunteering at Burnley Leisure’s Holiday club, as well as Step2it female only fitness sessions and Active Streets project which focuses on engaging young people at risk of committing ASB and Crime. Megan assists lead coaches in the delivery of each session and helps take registers and collect money.

Highly Commended: Leon Illsley (Blackpool) and Izzy Hopkins (Blackburn with Darwen)

Young Achiever of the Year, sponsored by Lancashire Rising Star Fund

Winner: Isaac Towers (Blackpool)

Isaac is a young wheelchair athlete classified in the T34/F35 category for competition purposes, ranked 2nd in the world for 5000m GB. Isaac has competed in over 60 events during the year including at two meetings in Switzerland and the USA, and has been identified by the UKA as having Paralympic Potential.

Highly Commended: Aneila Afsar (Burnley)

Community Club of the Year

Winner: Lancaster and Morecambe Hockey Club (Lancaster)

The aims of the hockey club are to increase participation in the sport, develop supportive links and raise its profile. The club is run by a team of dedicated volunteers, most of whom have supported the club for many years as chair, secretary, treasurer, fundraising secretary, social sec, kit sec, head coach and coaching teams, fixtures sec and umpire coordinator.

Highly Commended: Astley & Buckshaw Juniors Football Club (Chorley)

Coach of the Year, sponsored by the University of Central Lancashire

Winner: Anne Wignall (Blackburn with Darwen)

Anne started as a netball club coach 20 years ago at Hyndburn Netball club. Anne has recently made steps to develop the club by completing the silver club accreditation process and taking the role of volunteer officer, who supports new volunteers and coaches coming into the club. She also does a lot of the secretary work at the club. In the past few years she has encouraged and mentored young girls to get them interested in the sport of netball.

Highly Commended: Ron Winn (Lancaster)

Adult Volunteer of the Year

Winner: Frank Entwistle (Burnley)

For over 30 years, Frank has dedicated his time to Lowerhouse Cricket Club both as a player and an official. Despite being in full time employment, he is company secretary, membership secretary, raffle, events and tea room co-ordinator, raising 5 figure sums for the club in support of its cricket programme.

Highly Commended: Sally Woods (Hyndburn) and Betty Huggon (Preston)

Service to Disability Sport, sponsored by One Partnership

Winner: Vicki Galt (Lancaster)

Through networking with larger football clubs, Vikki managed to set up a deaf football club in Morcambe. Four years on, and Vikki has expanded the club to include cricket too. The club is growing, and Vikki is using her club links to develop skills sessions across the county. After three years of very few wins 2015, saw Morcambe Deaf FC win the Northern u13 deaf football tournament.

Highly Commended: Joshua Walne (Burnley)

Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner: Susan Lucas (Lancaster)

For over 30 years, Susan has been a member of Lancaster Tennis Club, and for 20 years, she has been a member of Lancaster & Morecambe Athletics Club. In the past five years especially, she has worked hard to raise funds for the club, through sponsorship, and by holding fund-raising events locally. Susan has held, and still holds, a variety of posts of responsibility in both clubs.

Highly Commended: Margaret Crompton (Blackpool)