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Unsung heroes and inspirational community groups celebrated recently as the Rochdale Borough Sports and Culture Awards ceremony made a triumphant return, highlighting the achievements of amazing people, clubs and organisations working in sport and culture across the borough of Rochdale over the last 12 months.  

The awards are an important part of the Rochdale Borough community calendar and shine a spotlight on the work of people in the Borough. The shortlist is compiled from nominations submitted by the community based on achievements of individuals, clubs and community groups over the past 12 months, with the winners chosen by a panel of independent judges which includes key people within arts, health, education, culture, sports and community support in the Borough.

The judges had the difficult task of selecting one winner in each category from the fantastic achievements of nominees over the past 12 months.

Rochdale’s very own star of stage and screen, Sue Devaney, hosted the prestigious event held at Heywood Civic Centre with 200 people attending.  A total of 17 awards were presented on the night to celebrate the rich diversity of skill, dedication and commitment shown day-to-day by local people.

Shortlisted nominations for each award were:

Artist of the Year

Changing Lifestyles Recognition of the Year

Community and Education Project

Community Club/Group of the Year

Cultural Champion

Cultural Event of the Year

Culture and Health Award

Cultural Facilitator of the Year

Disability Physical Activity Champion

Initiative of the Year

School Commitment to Arts, Heritage and Culture

School Commitment to PE & Sports

Unsung Hero

Workforce Advocate

Volunteer of the Year

Young Creative Award

Young Sports Achiever

Andy King, Chief Executive at Your Trust, the independent charity behind the awards said “We’re really proud to have hosted this special event and are delighted that the awards have returned this year after a couple of years break due to the pandemic.  It was a fantastic night celebrating the heroes of sport and culture across the borough.

“We know that sport and culture played a big part in supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of local residents throughout the pandemic and it’s important to recognise the contribution that local people, clubs and groups make to the community. Our congratulations go to all winners and shortlisted nominees”.

Councillor Susan Smith, Cabinet member for communities, culture and co-operatives at Rochdale Borough Council, said “The Sports and Culture Awards makes me extremely proud of the outstanding people that we have within Rochdale borough.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening recognising the outstanding achievement and incredible dedication of local people and honouring the community champions who do so much to support local residents.

“I’d like to congratulate all winners and nominees, and also say a big thank you to all those involved in making the Rochdale Borough Sports and Culture Awards event possible”.

If you know an inspirational individual, club, school or organisation, make sure you nominate them for next years awards when nominations open early in 2023.