SPORTS presenter Roger Thames will run the rule over the district’s sporting talent.

The former ITV regional news man, who notably commentated on football matches involving Newcastle United and Sunderland, will be the special guest at this year’s Sport Tynedale Awards.

He will be joined on the stage at Hexham’s Wentworth Leisure Centre by Hexham Golf Club’s head professional Andy Paisley, the brother of European Tour player Chris Paisley. The shortlist for this year’s event, which will take place on Sunday, December 15, has now been revealed. And in keeping with the event’s rich history, dating back 45 years, it will recognise the achievements of teams and individuals, and also the work of clubs, schools, and volunteers. Here we look at the shortlisted candidates for each category.


Prudhoe Youth Club FC: Has developed its facilities and offers opportunities for over 350 young footballers. The club has 25 junior teams and 30 volunteer FA qualified coaches.

Tynedale Netball Club: The club came close to folding in 2015. It came back from the brink and now has over 25 members. Competing in both the Northumberland County and Tyne & Wear Summer Social League, the club finished second in both divisions.

Wylam Rockets FC: Founded in 2003, the club’s 15 teams provide footballing opportunities for over 150 boys and girls each year. The club focuses on inclusivity, offering both competitive and social football.


Hexham Golf Club ladies: Won the Northumberland Ladies’ Golf Association Shield for the fourth consecutive year.

Hexham Rowing Club masters’ squad: Five gold and one silver medals at the National Championship Regatta, among other regatta wins in the north of England and Scotland.

Men’s team at Riding Mill Tennis Club: Undefeated during the summer, winning all league fixtures to be crowned champions of the Northumberland & Durham League.

Hexham Canoe Club’s slalom Team: Multiple medal wins at national and regional events, during an emotional year for the club, following the death of inspirational coach and organiser, Lorraine Murray-Glendenning.