Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Sporting Partners

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Sporting Partners

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Last year TSB partnered with Trinity Mirror on the Pride of Sport Awards for the first time, and what an amazing event it was. So many people celebrating such fantastic sporting achievements - the stories I heard on the night were truly inspiring, including that of Abdulkareem Musa Adam, the young man from war-torn Sudan who overcame unimaginable challenges to become a jockey.

And there were our very own TSB Community Partner Award winners, The Flamingo Chicks, a unique club for disabled children which lets them experience the magic of dance while also providing support for their parents and carers.

It's a local community partnership that has revolutionised the lives of all those involved.

There were others too who showed how grassroots sport in every local community across Britain is a force for good. I think back to my own childhood and remember my dad coaching at the local swimming club. When I was five years old, he said: "It's about time we got you involved." I've been swimming ever since.

TSB COMMUNITY AWARD with The That showed me that the people who are most important in helping children to have a sense of self worth, purpose and to understand themselves are often the "ordinary" mums and dads, aunts and uncles. There are sports clubs up and down the country where the same is happening today.

It's great to see the kids out there, getting active. But that doesn't mean the grown-ups can't do it too. You're never too old to get off the sofa and get active - and who knows where it could lead? Take one of the guys who PARTNER WINNERS Paul Flamingo Chicks works with me at TSB. Two years ago, Anthony couldn't swim the length of a pool. But he felt as he got older it was important to make sure he stayed healthy so he set himself a target of training for a triathlon and learnt to swim. His inspiration through those early difficult days in the pool was someone he had met once on holiday - a really confident swimmer with just one working arm. If he could do it, Anthony knew he could do it too. …

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