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Gary Priestley crowned Playfinder’s Sports Venue Manager of the Year

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School Lettings Solutions’ Gary Priestley has been crowned 2018’s Playfinder Sports Venue Manager of the Year.

Gary, who is School Leisure and Sports Manager, has worked within the North West grassroots space for two years and lives in Leyland, Lancashire.

Gary Priestley

He currently manages three of Greater Manchester’s most popular facilities Chorlton High School, The Albion Academy and the Oasis Academy MediaCityUK among others.

Playfinder launched this award to provide a chance for grassroots sports users to recognise those elite managers and reward them for all their hard work in creating the best sporting experiences possible.

Over the course of the year, Gary in his role has placed bookings for community groups, schools and local sports players living and working around Greater Manchester.

Sports Venue Manager of the Year is a celebration of the integral role which venue managers play in the grassroots sector.

The winner was presented with a trophy and a signed certificate by David Sheepshanks OBE and Playfinder co-founder Jamie Foale.

Jamie Foale, Co-Founder of Playfinder, commented: “Venue managers are the heartbeat of the grassroots sports landscape and ensure the games keep going all year long. We launched the award to recognise those who go above and beyond and Gary couldn’t be a more deserving winner of 2018’s trophy.”

Gary Priestley, School Leisure and Sports Manager said: “It is an honour to have won this award. Playfinder send me daily enquiries in relation to facility hire across the various schools that I manage across Manchester & I find working with them very easy, which is a testament to how they operate as a company. I would like to extend my thanks to all the staff at Playfinder as well as my Assistant Manager Darriel Booth & all the Sports & Leisure Assistants that work at my schools as without all of these people there would be no success story.”