We are delighted to announce that Access Sport is the recipient of the 2021 Peter Kershaw Memorial Bursary. This is an annual award, made by the Peter Kershaw Trust, to further innovative youth work in the Greater Manchester area. The bursary was created in memory of the Trust’s founder, Peter Kershaw, himself a keen sportsperson.

The grant will be used to fund a Sports Inclusion Youth Leader who will play a pivotal role in enabling Greater Manchester’s grassroots sports clubs to become more inclusive for young people with disabilities and other disadvantaged youngsters.


Mark Hardie, the Chief Executive of Access Sport, says:

The Peter Kershaw Trust has been a dedicated supporter of our charity for several years and it’s terrific that the Trust is backing the next phase in our development. This important grant will enable us to create a lasting legacy of vibrant, fully inclusive community sports clubs for thousands of young people in Greater Manchester. I’d like to thank everyone at the Trust for investing in our team and allowing us to take our work in Greater Manchester to the next level. 

Richard Kershaw, son of the founder and chairman of the Peter Kershaw Trust, says:

My Father, Peter Kershaw, the previous Chairman of Joseph Holt Brewery founded this trust to help local Manchester charities.  Being a sportsman himself he would have been delighted that his memorial bursary should go towards helping young people with disabilities to benefit from the great advantages sport can bring. 

The new postholder will primarily be working in the areas of Trafford and Salford, working with small community sports clubs, disability groups and SEND schools to generate sporting opportunities for all.