South Ribble Sports Awards 2017


The annual South Ribble Sports Awards saw the great and the good of the sporting community gather together to celebrate their talent and dedication.

The big winner of the night was Leyland Barracudas Amateur Swimming Club, with members scooping no less than four awards – including the coveted Community Club of the Year.

The prestigious event, held at the Leyland Hotel, was organised by South Ribble Borough Council, and sponsored by South Ribble Community Leisure. Now in its 12th year, it continues to go from strength to strength, with more nominees entering this year than ever before.

Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor Mick Titherington, said: “What an honour it was to be able to attend the South Ribble Sports Awards ceremony and meet such a fantastic group of people.

“I was truly proud of everyone there and what they have achieved. Those people who turn up week in, week out, dedicating their time and energy to their sport, are what makes South Ribble such a great place. They are setting a fantastic example for their communities and through their dedication and passion for sport, they inspire the whole borough.

“I also want to pay tribute to work the council’s sports development team is doing with these groups and promoting physical activity within the borough.”

The event raffle raised more than £350 for the Lewis Balycki Trust – a charity set up in the name of a former Rising Star award-winner whose life was tragically cut short when he was killed in a cycling accident.


  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Frank Halliwell
  • Adult Volunteer of the Year, Vicki Pickup
  • Coach of the Year, Keith Schofield
  • Community Club of the Year, Leyland Barracudas ASC
  • The Lewis Balycki Rising Star Award, Pia Murray
  • Primary School of the Year, St Oswald’s Catholic Primary School
  • Secondary School of the Year, Lostock Hall High School
  • Services to Disability Sport Award, Andrew Whitaker
  • Team of the Year, Leyland Warriors Rugby Club U14s
  • Young Volunteer of the Year, Katie Wood