Nominations sought for Derbyshire Sports Awards

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Derbyshire’s most talented and dedicated sporting stars will once again be celebrated at the 2014 Derbyshire Sports Awards - and nominations are now being welcomed.

Derbyshire residents are invited to nominate committed sports volunteers, dedicated coaches and talented athletes from across Derbyshire who they feel are worthy of recognition.

Awards will be presented in 12 categories, including Sportsperson of the Year, Junior Sportsman and Junior Sportswoman, Disabled Sportsperson of the Year, Junior Disabled Sportsperson, Community Coach of the Year, Performance Coach of the Year, Young Sports Leader/Young Coach of the Year and Club of the Year, as well as the Service to Sport Award.

Local authorities in Derbyshire will reward winners in their district later this year, and winners will go forward to be considered for the Derbyshire Sports Awards, sponsored by the University of Derby. County winners will be announced in November.

A new category, for the Professional Sportsperson of the Year, has also been introduced along with the Active Workplace Award which recognises workplaces that demonstrate a commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of their staff.

Last year’s winners included Erewash sport volunteers Sean White and Helen Akers. Helen, from Long Eaton Swimming Club, was the winner of the Derby Telegraph Service to Sport Award, and Sean, from Phoenix Trampoline Club, was named the Derby College Community Coach of the Year.

To find out more about the Derbyshire Sports Awards and make a nomination go to www.derbyshiresport.co.uk/sportsawards.

Cllr Paul Smith, chair of Derbyshire Sport, said: “The Derbyshire Sports Awards are an important way of recognising and showcasing some of Derbyshire’s most talented sport people, dedicated volunteers and thriving sports clubs.

“We are keen to encourage nominations from across the city and county to ensure that those most worthy of recognition are honoured.

The closing date for Sports Awards in Erewash is August 22, 2014, while the closing date for the Active Workplace Award is September 19, 2014.