On September 8th Hotel Football hosted the Trafford Sports Awards 2017. It was a star studded event where Manor Academy and in particular Mr Andrew Grainger had been nominated for the Trafford School Sports Awards 2017 for the category ‘School Commitment to Sport and PE 2017’. In addition one of our pupils Josh Sutcliffe was nominated for ‘Disabled Athlete of the Year 2017’.Manor Academy was pitted against very strong contenders.
The nomination included:‘After London 2012 we became more aspirational not only by adding more accreditations to our curriculum offer but by essentially embracing the Paralympic vision of fostering an ‘I can’ mentality, equipping our pupils to be more resilient, and act as “role models and catalysts for change”. Two of our patrons are Paralympians and wholly support our vision. Andrew Grainger the PE and Sports Teacher is an inspirational and enthusiastic teacher whose work and vision for Inclusive and Disability Sports has taken the provision at Manor and across Greater Manchester to a different level. Manor Academy is a leading force in promoting Inclusive PE and Sports across Greater Manchester and Trafford schools both Primary and Secondary phase. Our impact as an Inclusion Lead school through training, competition and enabling various events, projects and opportunities for children with special educational needs mean that our pupils benefit hugely. We helped to arrange and hosted this year’s Inclusion and Disability Festival where Primary schools joined in Sports and games led by the Manor pupil Sports leaders. We work closely with KS1 &2 pupils to develop consistent offer of high quality Sport and PE provision. The ‘secret to our success’ has been in the realisation that we feel at Manor Academy PE and Sport continues to have a significant impact upon our children and helps develop them as ‘rounded individuals’. We feel that PE and Sport has a crucial role to play in redressing the balance of today’s pressures put upon young people, and that achievement, academic or otherwise, will come through developing young people who are physically and mentally healthy.’ Josh’s nomination included this from his father: ‘ Joshua joined Manor Academy in January 2017 having moved from a mainstream school where he was not developing. On his second day at Manor he attended an early morning coaching session run by MCFC. That day the coach suggested that he attend at the Etihad complex in order to train with Manchester City’s disability team. Since then every Monday and Tuesday night is taken attending training sessions. In addition, he has represented the club at a number of tournaments and has been selected for a trip to Switzerland. The efforts put in by the club and Manor have transformed Joshua’s life. His self-confidence has increased dramatically and for the first time he has succeeded and excelled at something. The team ethos created has also got him interacting with strangers, something he previously avoided. This has led him to develop more socially in six months than he had done in the previous three years. This has been commented on by all our friends and family.’ And………………..We won both awards!! Huge congratulations to Manor Academy, Mr Grainger and Josh. We go into the Greater Manchester Awards 2017 so watch this space.