Back to School – September Update

With an exciting summer of Olympics having only just come to an end the school term seems to have come round so fast. I hope that everyone is settling in well to the new school year and looking ahead to what the next few months will involve.

Having had a spectacular summer of sports including  ex-pupils from Poynton High competing and winning in London 2012 Paralympic Games, a big congratulations goes to Dan Pepper for competing in the swimming and Sarah Storey for her amazing 4 golds in the cycling and becoming Britain’s most successful female Paralympian. You may have seen in the Macclesfield Express that I was lucky enough to represent Poynton Town Council and have  a photo with the Gold Postbox! Whilst I was there lots of others came to have photos taken and it was great to see so many members of the local community taking pride in Sarah’s success.

Considering Sarah’s cycling success, Poynton will continue to offer a variety of cycling initiatives, firstly another bike marking event on Saturday 29th September where for a small fee residents will be able to get their bikes security marked and be given a goody bag. We also hope to run a bikeability course over the October half term as well as bike maintenance sessions so will keep people updated about that via twitter and this blog.
Sports Award

Nominations are now open for the 2012 Cheshire East Sports Awards and organisers want to hear about the Borough’s unsung sporting heroes.

The event aims to recognise the time and dedication put in by volunteers, coaches, clubs and athletes to develop sport in Cheshire East.

Categories for this year’s awards are: Sports Personality of the Year, Club of the Year, Coach of the Year, Disability Sports Achiever, Special Recognition, Volunteer of the Year, Young Sports Achiever and Young Volunteer of the Year.

The finalists will be asked to attend the event at Cranage Hall on Thursday 29th November, where they will be presented with their award and certificates by Cheshire East Mayor, Councillor George Walton.

The event also recognises the efforts of the Cheshire East Leisure Development Volunteers, those who have clocked up more than 50 hours of volunteering will receive a certificate.

The deadline for nominations is Friday 19th October 2012 at 5pm.

Database of Clubs and Activities
To ensure that parents and young people of Poynton know what different clubs and activities are available, I am creating a database with support from local community partners detailing activities for young people in Poynton. If you know of any clubs which have changed times, dates or are a recent addition to Poynton, please forward the details on to me. If you’ve been inspired this summer by the Olympics why not take up a new sport – check out Poynton Leisure Centre to see the clubs in Poynton that they offer.

Poynton Christmas Activities

Poynton Parish Plan are in full wing planning this year’s Poynton Christmas Fest, if you’d like to be involved please let me know and I can pass on your details. Another Christmas activity I’m hoping to organise is a Christmas Youth Market and community lunch, with support from the community officer Cath Roper at the High School.

Community Grants from Cheshire East

It is worth reminding our local voluntary organisations again about this funding source. Grants are available for events (up to £250), for activities (up to £500), facilities (up to £3,000) and more recently for neighbourhood planning (£250 t0 £500). The deadline for the next round is 28th September 2012. Information about how to apply, including the criteria and application forms are available from the Cheshire East Website

How can I help you?
A reminder that I can offer youth and community groups support with funding and training needs, please feel free to contact me or pass on my details to others who you think might be interested. Don’t forget to check out other pages of the blog and pass on any events you’d like to publicise.
Best wishes,



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