Brighton & Hove City Sports Awards

Last night I attended the City Sports and Physical Activities Awards at the Old Market in Hove. It was a really great night and I was hugely impressed by the range of sporting talent that we have in the City, particularly amongst some of our younger residents.

I want to do everything I can as Council Leader to encourage the take up of sport and other physical activities in Brighton & Hove and it is great to be able to give some official recognition to some wonderful local achievements in this field (excust the pun!).

The nights two main awards went to Paul Winter from Ovingdean (Sports Personality of the Year), who was placed first in the Triathlon British Ranking Age Group (50 to 54) series last year and represented Great Britain at the World Championships in Australia and Holly Thompson, age 10 from Portslade (Young Sports Personality of the Year), who has played tennis for three years and has won the county singles and doubles and is now competing nationally and internationally. Many congratulations to them both and to everyone else who won, or was nominated for, an award.

These are really exciting times for sport in Brighton & Hove. We recently opted into the free swimming for over 60s and under 16s scheme and the new Community Stadium at Falmer is also going to provide a step change in the activities and facilities on offer in the city.

I would also just like to mention the City Sports and Physical Activity Grant which is available for sports clubs to apply to the Council for small amounts of funding. You can apply for an individual in a club and/or to fund initiatives for current members. Or you can apply for funding to encourage new members to join in. Please do have a look and see if it would be suitable for you or, if not, pass it on to someone who could benefit.

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