Rochdale Borough Sports Awards

Rochdale Borough Sports Awards

It's time to nominate your local sporting heroes

Paul Chowdhry

Paul Chowdhry

It's time to enter PC's World - Friday 19 September

What's Your Adventure

What's Your Adventure

Sailing, Windsurfing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Mountain Biking, Climbing, Powerboating or Archery.



activ8teme is an exciting programme of sports activities for adults – all ages

Monday Movies

Monday Movies

'Saving Mr Banks', 'Bolt' & 'Wreck it Ralph' movies are coming to Middleton Arena

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Young people invited to 'Get on Track' for skills and work

sports-leaders-get-on-trackFollowing on from their hugely successful Get on Track programme last year, Link4Life are ready to launch a second round of training for young people in the Rochdale borough aged 16-25. Recruitment is taking place now to start in August.

The Get On Track scheme is a personal development programme that uses sport to create pathways for young people into volunteering, training and work.

The programme targets young people who are not in education, employment or training and over a 16 session period each young person will be mentored by a team of Olympic, Paralympic, World and Commonwealth athletes.

New cycle hub set to open for Rochdale

cycle-hubWith the success of the Tour de France passing through Rochdale last weekend there is yet more positive cycling news for the town as a new cycle hub, designed to encourage people to get on their bikes, is set to open next week.

The hub, which is ideally located next to Rochdale railway station and Metrolink stop, has been developed by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) in partnership with Rochdale Council and the NHS.

The hub has 42 cycle parking spaces, with lockers for storing cycle helmets and other cycling accessories. People who sign up to use the hub will be given a smartcard to access the secure facility which is entirely covered by CCTV.

Rochdale's Cycle Hub is also the first TfGM facility to be powered by an innovative new system which uses the data network rather than traditional electricity, which reduces power consumption, making it cost effective and environmentally friendly.

The TfGM Committee Cycling Champion, Councillor Chris Paul, was joined by Rochdale Councillor Cecile Biant and members of Rochdale Cycling Club for a sneak preview before the hub opens to members next week.

Cycling events help Rochdale gear up for disability awareness week

disability-awareness-week-link4lifeHot on the heels of the Tour de France, cycling enthusiasts packed out Number One Riverside to have a go at accessible bikes and other sporting activities as part of National Disability Awareness Week.

The event was organised by Rochdale Council and Link4Life to highlight the fact that disability is no barrier to sport and show people the huge range of support services on offer in the borough.

As well as cycling, activities taking place during the week included boccia, a type of bowling, circus skills and drumming.

disability-awareness-week-matt-and-the-mayoressVisitor Matt Hadfield (17), who has been disabled since birth, said: "I regularly go ghyll scrambling, climbing and kayaking with Hopwood Hall College and it does surprise people that I can do that. I always say 'don't judge a book by its cover'. "I think events like this are good because they give people an insight into disability and I'd definitely encourage anyone with a disability to get in touch with Link4Life and get involved in the many activities they offer."

As well as sports and activities, a number of stalls were on hand to offer advice. These included help on how to use personal budgets, which allow anyone who gets financial support from the council's adult care team to make their own decisions about how to spend this money to get the care they want.

Coffee morning support for children's charity

raising-money-for-the-nspccOver £1300 has been raised for the children's charity NSPCC at a coffee morning organised by Link4Life staff at Heywood Civic Centre.

The coffee, tea and cakes flowed as the audience of over 100 enjoyed demonstrations of the Civic's regular weekly sessions including Zumba, Tai Chi and Line Dancing as well as entertainment from local singer – and member of the Heywood Pensioners Group – Alan Owens. A charity raffle added to the fundraising and the Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Carol Wardle was among those giving the event their support.

One of the event organisers Evelyn Kelly said, "We are all delighted with the amount of money raised and for all the support we received from our many regular customers and groups. We will be planning to hold another coffee morning before Christmas."

Hundreds turn out for People's Art launch

Around 200 people turned out on Saturday (5 July) to see the Mayor of Rochdale, officially open this year's People's Art exhibition at Touchstones Rochdale.

Organised by Link4Life's Arts and Heritage service, this popular annual exhibition gives the chance for residents of all ages, both amateur and professional to show their work and once again the huge array of talent on display has filled two full galleries with examples of paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, animation and craft objects.

Declaring the exhibition open, Councillor Carol Wardle congratulated all those taking part saying, "This year's show is event bigger and better than last year, with over 200 entries. I have great pleasure in declaring the show open – please do enjoy yourself and take a good look around the two galleries which showcases the creative talent of the borough".

Visitors to the exhibition can vote for their favourite artwork in the 'People's Choice' award and there are free hands on activities for children in the gallery with the popular 'Art Paddock'.

The exhibition runs until Saturday 6 September 2014, located on The Esplanade just a two minute walk from Rochdale town centre and bus station, Touchstones Rochdale is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-5pm. Entry is free. To find out more visit or ring Touchstones on 01706 924492.

Touchstones Rochdale is managed by the Link4Life Cultural Trust and is located on The Esplanade, Rochdale, OL16 1AQ. We are open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm. Admission is free.

‘Amazing day’ - Tens of thousands watch Tour de France in Littleborough

tour-de-franceA usually quiet corner of the borough was transformed into a major visitor attraction this weekend as thousands packed the roads and moorland by Blackstone Edge Reservoir to watch the Tour de France on Sunday.

A crowd in excess of 20,000 had lined the route by the time the 'caravan' arrived – the traditional travelling circus of sponsors' vehicles that heralds the peloton's arrival – featuring both French and British brands.

It was certainly a day to remember for the colourful crowds as well as the riders – with constant cheers and a carnival atmosphere. Any fears of rain were unfounded, as Littleborough basked in summer sunshine for most of the day.

Businesses in the area reported a welcome boost from the world's largest free sporting event on their doorstep, with bars, restaurants and accommodation providers particularly busy. The nearby White House Pub, Moorcock Inn and the Rake Tapas Bar all reported being exceptionally busy all day and into the evening. Local shops, including bakeries and newsagents, also described it as their busiest day in years.