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Sporting club named stars of seaside town

The winner of the annual Whitley Bay Town Cup for 2019 has been announced.

North Tyneside Council awards the cup to an organisation or individual of the town who has brought about an outstanding event in the last year or has been of outstanding service to the community.

This year’s winner of the seaside town’s prestigious cup was Whitley Bay Sporting Club after judges recognised the exceptional effort the organisation puts in to providing opportunities for the town’s young people.

Since its launch in 1960, Whitley Bay Boys Club (as it was previous known) has gone from strength to strength, starting as a collection of individual teams run by managers and evolving into a community-led organisation providing football for over 650 male and female players in North Tyneside.

After presenting the cup, Chair of North Tyneside Council, Tommy Mulvenna said: “I’m extremely excited to be able to present this award to Whitley Bay Sporting Club.

“The club provides so many fantastic opportunities for young people in Whitley Bay that they wouldn’t have otherwise. They provide invaluable services to the community and do a great job helping set our children up for the future.

“I’d like to say a huge congratulations to everyone involved with the sports club. From top to bottom they do a fantastic job and I look forward to seeing them continue their growth.”

The trophy was accepted on the day by chair of the Sporting Club Robert Nixon, alongside members of the committee and coaching staff.

Collecting the cup, Robert said: “I am delighted to receive this trophy as recognition of the hard work which the volunteer committee and coaching staff have put over the last few years.

“It is great to be able to provide opportunities to young people aged from 3 years to adult to be able to play football and other sports in a safe and fun environment.”

Previous winners of the cup, which dates back to 1954, include Shikara, The Jam Jar Cinema, Angels of the North and The Bay Foodbank.

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Notes to editors:

The history of the cup goes back to 1954 when it was introduced by the former Whitley Bay Council. It was donated to North Tyneside Council in its formation in 1974.

Only individuals or an organisation from the former borough of Whitley Bay can be considered for the award.