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Tom Morris Community Award – Sale Rotary Club

Would you like to nominate someone for an outstanding local community service award?

Sale Rotary Club is now open to nominations for the second year of its annual ‘Tom Morris Community Award’. This is a “people’s honour’ for normally unsung heroes who believe in what they do and go the extra mile to help make Sale a better place to live.

The award is named after distinguished former Sale Rotarian the late Tom Morris, who ran a local milk and dairy delivery service. His framed award names each year’s winner who also receives a cash award.

It’s all about community – for the people, by the people.

Last year the first winner was Simon Youd – an FA coach who crosses the line between sport and life skills with a community scheme that is changing the face and the future of the area around Sale’s ‘racecourse’ estate.

Simon, with his daughter and a handful of volunteers, runs ‘Skillz FC’ - a life-changing multi-skills programme that delivers a dozen or so sport-based sessions each week for all sections of Sale West – from primary school children to the over 50s and unemployed residents alike.

When Simon was nominated by the Friends of Dainewell Park they spoke of “a principled, selfless and dedicated individual with belief and passion that are infectious and inspiring … a fantastic role model for local children and young adults.”

But there was another shortlisted nomination that was so strong we decided to award an additional commendation to Greg Hawkins, chairman of Trafford MV Rugby Football and Cricket Club, who has dedicated himself to local sport over the last 25 years. His nominators said: “As London 2012 had Lord Coe then Trafford and Sale has Greg Hawkins - our inspiration to volunteers, our inspiration to young sports people, and our very own Trafford games maker.”

But Simon and Greg’s awards were not all about sport. They were about building self-esteem, motivation, confidence, outlook, attitudes and life-skills that are changing the future of Sale and making it a better place to live.

This year’s winner could be from any area of local life. If you know someone who is worth a special ‘thank you’ please use the nomination form to let Sale Rotary Club know who they are and send it to


2nd June 2014